This programme allows you to complete the Foundation Pharmacy Framework and develop the clinical, personal and managerial skills you need to progress in your career in hospital pharmacy in the UK.
This programme will help you to improve and apply your knowledge of clinical pharmacy, consultation skills and working in the modern NHS in order to deliver patient-centred care.
You will develop:
There is also the opportunity to choose an optional component in the second year. Options include ‘Prescribing for Pharmacists’ as well as modules in Aseptics, Service Improvement, Leadership and Management and Change Management.
The course is relevant to registered pharmacists (including newly qualified) currently working in hospital pharmacy.
This programme has been designed in collaboration with local employers and will enable you to attain the skills and knowledge necessary for career progression through the NHS Employers Agenda for Change bandings.
Areas covered include the pharmaceutical management of patients with a broad range of clinical problems as well as the organisational culture associated with working as a pharmacist in the NHS and the consultation and communication skills required to deliver patient-centred care. Students also have a choice of optional modules to increase their knowledge and skills in other areas of interest. Prior experience in secondary care practice is not essential but is considered to be an advantage.
Monthly study days, with pre-reading and preparation tasks for each one, to enable you to get the most learning out of the workshops.
In the first year, these have a focus on ensuring you are able to manage patients you are presented with on-call or on general wards.
In the second year, the topics of these days become more specialised, for example, renal, cancer care, mental health.
Teaching is delivered by practising hospital pharmacists.
Assessment is by written assignments, e-portfolio (including ward based assessments) and multiple choice and OSCE exams.
The curriculum aims to:
It includes aspects of adult learning theory, including:
Study days in Foundations In Clinical Practice module include: Individualising drug therapy; coagulation and blood disorders; introduction to surgery; infectious disease; respiratory; cardiology; introduction to mental health
Study days in Applied Therapeutics module include: Surgery and intensive care; gastroenterology and the liver; renal disease; cancer care; paediatrics and neonates; diabetes; neurology; mental health; HIV and rheumatology.
Students who have completed the course report increased confidence to take on new roles in secondary care pharmacy and greater job satisfaction.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
You will have an academic tutor assigned to support you throughout the programme.
The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) including Blackboard and PebblePad (for e-Portfolios) will support students learning at a distance.
Use of Library facilities is available online or on campus. Students are also able to access a range of study days organised for secondary care pharmacists as CPD days.
The School of Pharmacy has an excellent national and international reputation in practice research.
The most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) exercise rated 92% of our Pharmacy research as of international quality/world-leading.
We have a vibrant Medicines Optimisation Research group to support Master's projects.