Pharmacy Contract Management - e-Learning for Healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • Department of Health
  • ghx
  • aah

About the Pharmacy Contract Management programme

This e-learning tool is designed to assist NHS Hospital Pharmacy procurement staff with the task of changing the details for the sourcing of medicines in a timely manner. The contract change process in Trusts is onerous and this simple training package provides assistance in the changes to numerous records.

Every two years, the contracts for medicines procurement are renewed. These changes impact on pharmacy procurement staff to change the records in a timely fashion, to take advantage of the new arrangements but equally important, not to purchase from suppliers which are no longer approved.

The Commercial Medicines Unit of the Department of Health recognises that changes to contract details can be an arduous task for each Trust and assistance in support for this process is an ongoing priority. Therefore, the Commercial Medicines Unit has been working with the eTrading suppliers and pharmacy system suppliers to facilitate helpful solutions in this area of work.

More information

This programme consists of two separate training packages for users of:

  • Powergate software, produced GHX Europe
  • Medecator software, produced by AAH Pharmaceuticals


This training package consists of a ‘show-and-try’ tool, which demonstrates steps initially, then allows the learner to try to replicate the steps in a simulated environment. This is designed to prime the learner with the ability to perform this task for real with a file supplied from the Commercial Medicines Unit before the next contract change, to populate the appropriate Powergate field with expiry dates for the contract, to break the link and uncouple the match.

It also provides support as the training can be referred to again whilst performing the process in the real world.


This training package also consists of a ‘show-and-try’ tool to explain how to perform the manipulations in Medecator to assist with contract changing processes.

Project Team

  • Judie Finesilver

    Judie Finesilver

    Commercial Medicines Unit, Department of Health
  • e-LfH-staff-Neha-Baj-learning-profile

    Neha Baj

    Senior Project Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Tristan Nunn

    Tristan Nunn

    Powergate, GHX UK Ltd.  
  • Davinder Pooni

    Davinder Pooni

    Medecator, Celesio UK

How to access

In order to access the Pharmacy Contract Management programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Pharmacy Contract Management programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with e-LfH, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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NHS healthcare staff in England

The Pharmacy Contract Management programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access e-LfH Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Pharmacy Contract Management programme, please contact e-LfH directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact e-LfH directly to express interest.

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