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As a recently retired community pharmacist of over 30 years’ experience, I was given the opportunity to get involved with the training of Pharmacy support staff in the Level 2 Certificate in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Support Staff. This excited me, since as a pharmacist I always felt there was a real need for this type of formal training and qualification for our invaluable support staff whom we rely on to deliver the quality service we expect in our pharmacies. As the workload in the pharmacy is increasingly demanding there is less and less time to engage in sufficient training for staff during the working day so, a structured supported training programme is an ideal solution.
In order to deliver the training, I first had to complete the Assessor A1 Course. This was completed over 3 months, supported wonderfully by Joe and the Global Horizons team. Following COVID guidelines, the training comprised of weekly online classes on the principles and practices of assessment with written assignments and discussions. I carried out some virtual workplace assessments and professional discussions with candidates under supervision. These were assessed and all evidence was gathered together to complete my portfolio and so attain the assessor qualification.
Once I had this assessor award, I could deliver the Level 2 Pharmacy Programme along with Joe from Global Horizon Skills. We started in January and have just finished the classes in September. We had online classes every 2 weeks covering a wide range of topics from basic dispensing, OTC medicines, communication, legislation, health and safety, teamwork among others. Written assignments accompanied the classes, and we encouraged the candidates to return these for assessment before the next class.
It has been so encouraging and gratifying to be involved in this programme. We have had a wide range of candidates from staff new to pharmacy, excited to develop their skills in their new career, to long standing members of staff relishing the opportunity to refresh their knowledge and gain formal recognition of their skills.
Our main aim was to ensure the training was relevant and beneficial to the daily work of the candidates and the feedback reflected this with anecdotes of staff bringing the training notes to their colleagues and many a discussion on the topics taking place the following days. We had some great class discussions when daily experiences and issues were shared, and the assignments offered the opportunities for staff to demonstrate how they use the training in their daily interactions.
I think what was most satisfying, was the engagement of the candidates and the genuine interest in the topics discussed. Community pharmacy can sometimes be quite an isolated place, particularly in rural areas and I really liked the fact that the online training allowed a diverse geographical spread of staff, and they were able to share and discuss the issues and recognise the common ground and exchange ideas for good practice. On a personal note, this has given me the opportunity to expand my own personal development with the IT and Presentation skills needing lots of fine tuning! But overall, my foray into training has been a most rewarding experience.
In May 2019, Derek was on his farm and had just received a fresh batch of chickens. Derek’s son Ben, then aged 6, was excited about seeing the new chickens so, had come with his dad to have a look.
On the way down to the chicken house, Derek stopped at the slurry tank so that he could make the arrangements to leave it mixing while he and Ben moved on the see the chickens. Whilst at the slurry tank, Derek moved Ben to a safe area and distance out to the street, whilst he worked for a couple of minutes.
Derek remembers it being a nice calm day weather wise with no breeze.
After two minutes Derek checked on Ben only to find him walking towards him with a cut on his head. Derek’s first thought was that Ben had fallen and had hit his head so, lifted and started carrying Ben towards the house to get the cut seen to.
At that point however, Ben’s eyes started rolling in his head and after Derek placed his son on the ground, Derek also realised that his son wasn’t breathing. Ben had been overcome by the fumes from the slurry tank.
Fortunately, Derek had been on a first aid awareness course a couple of years prior to that so, started doing CPR right away. It took roughly about one and a half minutes before Ben thankfully started breathing again.
Derek’s message to everyone, but particularly the farming community knowing the everyday dangers that exist in this high risk environment, is to avail of the free first aid training being offered by CAFRE at present, through their Farm Family Key Skills initiative.
In Derek’s own words:
"Knowing what to do in those few minutes saved my son’s life and I would never have forgiven myself if I hadn’t been able to save him"
CAFRE’s free first aid training, being delivered by their training partners Global Horizon Skills Ltd, is now available via an online evening session, easily accessible by all the family via Zoom, in the comfort of your own home.
Over the past three years, GH Skills have excelled foremost in developing a long term working relationship with Andras House. In this time, they have delivered several NVQ courses at levels two and three, enabling many of our staff to avail of subsidised and cost-effective work-based courses.
Three years on, GH Skills have become our partner in the development and delivery of our Supervisory Development Programme for Aspiring Leaders as a key element within our Andras House Academy.
Hereafter, we envisage GH Skills playing a key role in the delivery of funded and cost-effective training solutions as part of our continued growth and development as a company.
Andras House Hotel Group
We have used Global Horizons over the past few years for statutory health and safety training and have found the quality of training/trainers to be excellent and to a very high standard.
Participants have all agreed knowledge they have gained from training sessions has been exceptional and delivered in a friendly and positive learning environment. The administration is straightforward and all in all, Global Horizons continues to offer a value for money training and support service.'
Julie Hetherington, Human Resources Manager North-West News Group
“We have been using Global Horizon Skills regularly since 2015 and continue to be impressed with the efficient service they provide. They have very professional and knowledgeable trainers and I feel they have added value to our company through the training they have provided to our staff.”
Jackie Elliott ACII, Director Dickson & Co. Insurance