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.
A key qualification for hospital pharmacy clinical career advancement, the programme enjoys funding from the NHS and is supported by Associate Course Directors across Wales and experienced work-based tutors at accredited hospital sites.
The MSc Clinical Pharmacy is a part-time distance learning course for pharmacists, run at 22 hospital sites in Wales and England. It integrates a traditional academic course with the student’s everyday role, with the aim of developing vital skills and knowledge to apply to their work.
The course offers an exceptionally wide variety of experiential learning, with a new area every three months for the first two years of the course. This allows you to gain a broad experience of pharmacy, under the guidance of a local practitioner, trained by the University to be your tutor.
The course has been developed by practitioners, and operating at 22 hospitals in four centres – three in Wales, one in England – provides the opportunity to compare practices in these regions and learn from each other.
The course offers knowledge and expertise required by a clinical pharmacist to input optimally into patient care.
How will I be taught?
You will be taught through a variety of methods:
How will I be supported?
The associate course director for your centre will be assigned as your personal tutor. They have three main roles: academic, pastoral and as an advocate. They will visit you on site to provide feedback on your performance, help in your academic studies and observe you in practice.
At your base, the hospital site tutor will co-ordinate the course and be a point of contact. The associate course director and hospital site tutor are in contact (two-way feedback) throughout the academic year.
In addition, you may contact the course director at any time if necessary.
Specific examples of support provided throughout the programme are as follows:
The course offers knowledge and expertise required by a clinical pharmacist to input optimally into patient care. It integrates a traditional academic course with your everyday role, with the aim of developing vital skills and knowledge to apply to your work.
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The MSc in Advanced Pharmacy Practice, is a programme is designed for hospital-based pharmacists in Northern Ireland who wish to progress to Advanced Practitioner level (AfC Band 8a).
The course aims to support the development of advanced pharmacy practice in the student's chosen field of expertise. In addition, MSc students receive training in research methods and are required to undertake a service evaluation/development project.
With the MSc in Advanced Pharmacy Practice, year one & two modules include:
- Advanced Therapeutics in Respiratory Disease,
- Cardiovascular Disease,
- Diabetes and Infectious Disease
- Clinical Management Planning
- Disease Management
- Prescribing and Monitoring
- Professional Aspects of Prescribing
Tear three modules:
- Advanced Practice Development
- Research Methodology
- Service Research and Development
The role of the pharmacist in the Health Service is expanding to improve patient care and access to medicines. Agenda for Change (AfC) and the associated NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) aim to support the career development of health service staff and the provision of effective patient care. This Masters/PG Diploma programme in Advanced Pharmacy Practice enhances the opportunities for hospital-based pharmacists in Northern Ireland to progress their career to Advanced Practitioner level.
As a student on this course you will study new developments in the areas of pharmaceutics, clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice and have the opportunity to develop a programme of work that meets your individual needs.
When you have completed the course, you will be able to undertake pre-registration training and apply for the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registration exam with the aim of becoming a UK-registered pharmacist.
For the MSc award, research projects run from June to September following completion of the PGDip modules. For more information about our PGDip-only qualification, visit the relevant course page.
The PGDip is accredited by the GPhC as an Overseas Pharmacists’ Assessment Programme (OSPAP).
The course includes experiential visits to community and hospital pharmacies to help you build practical experience in healthcare.
There are seven diploma modules run over two semesters: one independent study and six university-based modules. The independent study module is supported by specifically written module materials and staff-led tutorial sessions. The remaining six modules involve a mixture of lectures and skills-based workshops and are run over two days per week at the university.
Although attendance for the diploma modules is only required at the university for two days a week, attendance for the MSc project from June to August requires attendance five days a week.
Studies focus on new developments in the areas of pharmaceutics, clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice. In addition, you explore pharmacy law and ethics, contemporary pharmacy issues and UK healthcare provision. There is also an opportunity for you to develop a programme of work that suits your individual requirements.
You choose your topic for the research project from the range of research interests in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences. Current research areas in the school include work with paediatric medicine, patient mood and health outcomes, the role of empathy in consultation skills, and patients’ and pharmacists’ knowledge of and attitudes towards counterfeit drugs.
On completion of the course you will be able to undertake pre-registration training and apply for the General Pharmaceutical Council registration examination, which will allow you to become a UK-registered pharmacist.
This new and unique course enables pharmacists (registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council) to come together in a small peer-group learning environment to develop as advanced clinical practitioners. The course is flexible with a choice of classes that look at specific practice and personal development needs.
The course is designed to produce highly skilled practitioners who can improve patient care by driving forward innovation in all areas of pharmacy practice through delivery of the Scottish Government’s Vision and Action Plan: Prescription for Excellence
The Independent Prescribing (IP) qualification is included within the course as an optional 30-credit module; practitioners who have already completed the IP qualification will receive 30 credits for prior learning and the requirements for each award will be reduced by 30 credits.
This course consists of a series of optional classes.
Successful completion of 60 credits from any combination of classes leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate.
The award of a Postgraduate Diploma requires 120 credits. The MSc requires 180 credits, which includes a project and class in research skills.
The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS)is recognised as one of the foremost departments of its kind in the UK. It's a leading research centre in the search for new and improved medicines. You'll benefit from the advanced facilities of a new £36 million building.
Our postgraduate community comes from all corners of the globe and benefits from the support and guidance of the Institute’s Graduate School as well as from close, long-standing industrial and NHS links.
Research in SIPBS is focused on “New Medicines, Better Medicines, Better Use of Medicines”.
The teaching and research interests of the Institute cover many aspects of pharmacy and biomedical sciences. There's particular emphasis on:
The course places a strong emphasis on student-centred learning delivered through a blended learning approach. There's a combination of e-learning materials, small group tutorials and workshops led by experienced staff, student presentations and work-based practice activities. Class material is available through online learning tools which can be accessed at any time.
The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences has a well-established relationship with NHS Scotland and a number of leading clinicians have visiting or honorary appointments. The course team combines both academic and clinical expertise to deliver classes that provide both the scientific knowledge and practical skills that are necessary to achieve the changes required to improve patient care.
Together we undertake collaborative research focused on the “Better Use of Medicines” through the study of real-world clinical data (pharmacoepidemiology) and the design and testing of novel healthcare intervention models in clinical practice settings (practice research).
Assessment is through both written assignments and practical observation/examinations and submission of a manuscript (MSc students only).
The course prepares you to develop and grow your clinical career to prepare you for senior clinical leadership appointments in variable healthcare settings. For example: