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This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows students to seek to have their qualification recorded by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and to practice as an Independent Pharmacist Prescriber. Read more
This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows students to seek to have their qualification recorded by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and to practice as an Independent Pharmacist Prescriber. Prescribing by pharmacists has evolved to offer better access to medicines and to optimise the skills and expertise of pharmacists in the provision of care. Where appropriate, pharmacists are able to complete episodes of care, whilst also enhancing their role within the team. Patients evaluate their experience of Pharmacist Independent prescribing positively.

Students frequently report that the course is probably the most challenging they have undertaken since their pre-registration programme, but also the most rewarding. Students report positively on the organisation of the course and on the support provided for their preparation as prescribers. The programme delivery is designed to provide opportunities for students to receive feedback to support the development of their work throughout the programme. We consider all student feedback and work with this to enhance the student experience and outcomes.

We meet regularly with Non-Medical Prescribing Leads and mentors to ensure that the programme maintains its relevance to the constantly evolving environment of healthcare, thus ensuring that students are ‘fit for practice’ and ‘fit for purpose’. The programme team includes academic staff who continue to work in practice.

Course outline

The programme is a multi-professional, part-time course which will prepare pharmacists for a role as an Independent Pharmacist Prescriber.

In accordance with the requirements identified by the GPhC, the programme comprises 26 theory days, of which some may be attended more flexibly online, and 12 practice days (90 hours equivalent) in clinical practice preparing to be a prescriber.

This 40 credit programme at level 7 comprises two 10 credit modules and one 20 credit module focusing on the principles which underpin prescribing practice.

On successful completion of the programme students will be able to:
-Consult effectively with patients and carers, assessing their need for medicines, taking account of their wishes and conducting, as appropriate, a relevant physical examination, recognise and manage clinical complexity.
-Demonstrate clarity of reasoning in relation to the relevance of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and apply the knowledge to their own prescribing practice.
-Interrogate the benefits and demonstrate how they will prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively, justifying the local application of legal and professional frameworks for accountability and responsibility in relation to prescribing.
-Synthesise sources of information, advice and support, explaining how they will use them in prescribing practice, taking into account evidence based practice, national/local guidelines and the roles of others who are involved in prescribing practice.
-Critically evaluate factors which impact on prescribing in a public health context and which necessitate therapeutic monitoring and modification and practice based change.
-Demonstrate knowledge and clarity of reasoning in the ability to refer/ consult with other appropriate health care professionals in a timely manner, developing an effective relationship and communication channels with patients/carers, other prescribers and members of the health care team to work within a prescribing partnership, critically reflect on the clinical governance frameworks that include audit and prescribing practice and development, provide evidence of their Continuing Professional Development plan for 12 months post qualifying.

Graduate destinations

Non-medical prescribing is offered as stand-alone provision. However, students may wish to enhance their prescribing role by undertaking a 20-credit Consultation and Physical Examination: Health Assessment Skills module and combine these modules for a Postgraduate Certificate award such as Prescribing and Assessment for Pharmacists.

Other admission requirements

-A Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) who will act as mentor.
-The DMP mentor must meet the standards required by the Department of Health.
-Clinical governance arrangements agreed by the Non-Medical Prescribing Lead.
-For applicants within Cumbria and Lancashire, evidence of attainment of a minimum mark of 80% in the pre-course numeracy assessment.
-A satisfactory Enhanced DBS check obtained by the applicant’s employer, and issued within three years of the course start date.

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Successful completion of this course will result in the award of a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing. The course of study involves one day of University based training and a period of learning in practice of a minimum of two days.. Read more

Why this course?

Successful completion of this course will result in the award of a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing.

The course of study involves one day of University based training and a period of learning in practice of a minimum of two days.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/pharmacistindependentprescribing-conversion/

What you'll study

You'll look at areas such as:
- clinical (risk) assessment of patients
- legal & ethical aspects of prescribing independently
- professional judgement & responsibility

After the University-based training you'll start a period of learning in practice. This gives you the opportunity to develop the appropriate clinical skills required to meet the learning outcomes for independent prescribing

Facilities

Our high-quality, dedicated facilities include a dispensary with consulting area, clean room facility and pharmaceutical processing and analysis suites. You will have first-hand experience of the full range of professional activities in a modern training environment.

Entry requirements

All pharmacists must meet the following requirements:
- be a registered pharmacist with the GPhC or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) with annotation as a supplementary prescriber
- be able to provide evidence of prescribing experience which is no longer than two years old
- provide a statement of support from a medical practitioner that confirms their competence as a supplementary prescriber
- demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own continuing professional development (CPD)
- demonstrate how they have developed their own networks for support, reflection and learning, including prescribers from other professions

Course content

- University training
This will include:
- clinical (risk) assessment of patients
- legal & ethical aspects of prescribing independently
- professional judgement & responsibility

Before starting the course you're required to submit a portfolio of evidence, detailing your prescribing activities/patient orientated practice in your current role. This will be used to demonstrate competence to prescribe and current clinical skills.

- Period of learning in practice (PLP)
This starts after the University-based training. It gives you the opportunity to develop the appropriate clinical skills required to meet the learning outcomes for independent prescribing
During this period you'll be supervised by a designated medical prescriber who will be responsible for confirming competence to practise. A second portfolio demonstrating prescribing evidence will be submitted on completion of the period of learning in practice. This period will be a minimum of two days.
The two days in practice must be completed within three months of the residential day.

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A distance-learning course run by Aston University. Recent legislation has extended independent prescribing rights to optometrists, subject to the satisfactory completion of a General Optical Council (GOC) accredited training course. Read more
A distance-learning course run by Aston University.

Recent legislation has extended independent prescribing rights to optometrists, subject to the satisfactory completion of a General Optical Council (GOC) accredited training course. The restriction to the range of medicines that can be used and conditions that can be treated for IP optometrists is by reference to their competence:

‘Optometrist Independent Prescribers should be able to prescribe any licensed medicine for ocular conditions, affecting the eye and adnexa, within the recognised area of expertise and competence of the optometrist.’

Structure

Aston University is offering a distance learning course in Independent Prescribing for qualified optometrists. The course consists of two 20 credit modules delivered by distance learning using our e-learning environment, Blackboard. Each module is made up of online lectures assessed by unseen online tests and coursework.

The first module is entitled ‘Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics’ and covers topics including ocular immunology, pharmacology and ocular therapeutic drugs, frameworks of prescribing, prescribing safely and professionally.

The second module, taken after completion of the first module, is entitled ‘Prescribing for disorders of the eye’ and covers topics including evidence based practice and glaucoma in relation to independent prescribing.

A period of Learning in Practice

After successful completion of the two theory based modules and a practical assessment, optometrists are required to undertake practical training in the form of a clinical placement in conjunction with an Independent Prescriber (e.g. an ophthalmologist in a hospital eye department). To achieve Independent Prescriber status the optometrist must gain at least 12 days of clinical training.
For those who are already registered as Additional Supply or Supplementary Prescribers, the placement period required is 7 days.

Teaching methods

Each module consists of around ten ‘lectures’ delivered by distance learning via the Blackboard platform. Most topics are delivered by Powerpoint lectures with speech. Other lectures are delivered in a text-based format.

The first module covers aspects of ocular therapeutics, including the pharmacology and use of ocular therapeutic drugs.

The syllabus for the second module encompasses prescribing for ocular disease. Upon successful completion of the second module’s exam, optometrists will be required to undertake a clinical skills practical assessment at Aston University. The practical element will involve demonstration of slit lamp skills, contact tonometry and slit lamp binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy along with some objective structured clinical exam type questions.

Practice-based learning

Following completion of the two theoretical modules, trainees undertake a period of practice-based training. The aim of this component of the training is to develop competency in the practice of prescribing and to facilitate the integration of prescribing theory and practice with the conditions that the trainee will subsequently manage. This training will typically take place in the Hospital Eye Service under the supervision of a designated ‘mentor’ ophthalmologist. It is the responsibility of the trainee to arrange the clinical practice placement.

For IP the Clinical Placement comprises a minimum of 12 days (24 sessions of not less than 3 hours).

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Our Independent Prescribing short course will enable healthcare professionals to take on the role of an independent prescriber in their area of practice. Read more
Our Independent Prescribing short course will enable healthcare professionals to take on the role of an independent prescriber in their area of practice.

Pharmacists and nurses are taught together to facilitate multidisciplinary learning and working. A large proportion of the learning will be delivered online, providing a flexible approach to learning by allowing students the benefit of studying this in their own time.

This 30-credit course is available for study at level 7. The course runs over four months and normally has two intakes each year, one in September and one in February.

Aims

The course aims to:
-Enable you to successfully meet the standards set out by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), allowing you to apply for registration to practice as an independent prescriber
-Produce competent non-medical prescribers who can provide safe, effective and evidence-based prescribing to address the needs of patients in practice
-Enable pharmacists and nurses to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes required for safe and effective prescribing practice;
help you develop a systematic, evidence-based and reflective approach to independent prescribing practice
-Identify your own learning needs, develop as a critically reflective practitioner and advance your own learning to sustain continuing professional development, and work at the forefront of your profession

Teaching and learning

The course aims to use your current experiences of practice and encourage the development and application of new knowledge and skills to practice.

A range of teaching methods are used to develop the knowledge and understanding, practical skills, intellectual skills and personal qualities required to become a competent prescriber.

The learning is divided into two units, which will be delivered online as weekly content designed to complement the university-based study sessions.

The online material can be studied in your own time, and will involve directed reading, online discussion and learning activities.
The eight university-based study days are designed to enhance student learning by providing the opportunity to take a hands-on approach to learning including group activities, teaching OSCEs, and practical skill sessions.

A minimum of 12 days' learning in practice under the supervision of a designated medical practitioner should be carried out during the four-month course.

During this time, students are required to complete a reflective practice portfolio to document and reflect on their learning.

Course unit details

The course will cover:
-Assessment, consultation skills and history taking
-Legal and professional issues relating to independent prescribing
-Decision making and evidence based prescribing
-Psychological and ethical issues applied to prescribing
-Pharmacology and drug actions
-Leadership, accountability and clinical governance

Much of the curriculum has been determined by the NMC and the GPhC.

The learning material is divided into two units, each running for seven weeks.

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This practice certificate in independent prescribing for pharmacists is for pharmacists wishing to obtain a prescribing qualification without completing the Clinical Pharmacy MSc and earn 45 credits. Read more
This practice certificate in independent prescribing for pharmacists is for pharmacists wishing to obtain a prescribing qualification without completing the Clinical Pharmacy MSc and earn 45 credits. A five credit conversion course from supplementary to independent prescribing is also offered.

•A flexible approach that meets your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements
•Suitable for pharmacists working in hospital, community or primary care pharmacy, or other sectors eg, the prison service, non-NHS hospitals
•Pharmacists are taught in a uni-professional group (solely alongside other pharmacists) for most of the study days, to ensure the material is relevant and appropriate. There are some multi-professional classes with other healthcare professionals to facilitate learning from different disciplines
•A course which uses different teaching and assessment methods to suit all learning styles
•Students are drawn from all over the UK – an opportunity to learn from and alongside pharmacists with different clinical experiences
•Emphasis is placed on lifelong learning by enabling you to reflect on practice, continue learning and add to your competence after you have gained the qualification

The course is delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of practice-based healthcare professionals over a period of 11 taught days and 90 hours in practice training with a Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP). Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) distance learning packs are also used as teaching material.
The material on the 11 taught days is delivered mainly during seminars, tutorials and workshops. Some of the sessions are multi-professional.

The five credit conversion course requires attendance at 16 hours of workshops and seminars at Leicester city campus and two days in practice training with the DMP. The taught sessions are uni-professional.

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This fully online programme consists of two 30 credit modules; 'Principles of Pharmacology and Prescribing' and 'Assessment, management and treatment of ocular conditions' and will prepare GOC registered Optometrists to undertake the Clinical Placement and proceed to The College of Optometrists Common Final Assessment in Therapeutics. Read more
This fully online programme consists of two 30 credit modules; 'Principles of Pharmacology and Prescribing' and 'Assessment, management and treatment of ocular conditions' and will prepare GOC registered Optometrists to undertake the Clinical Placement and proceed to The College of Optometrists Common Final Assessment in Therapeutics. This programme has been designed in collaboration with Ophthalmologists, Pharmacists and Independent Prescribing Optometrists. Our course team have many years experience in teaching optometry and vision science to undergraduate and post-graduate students at Ulster. This programme compliments and extends our current General Optical Council approved BSc (Hons) Optometry course which has been producing high quality graduates for over 16 years.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/theory-of-independent-prescribing-for-optometrists-12763

Course detail

This is a Distance Learning course and students access learning material via a virtual learning environment. 'elearning' is an excellent route for postgraduate learning as it gives unique flexibility and ownership of how and when you learn. It is a different experience from traditional face to face learning and is especially suited to adults who like to learn independently and are self-motivated. This course has been specifically designed with the elearner in mind, so learning material is appropriately displayed and students are encouraged to participate in discussion boards, and to contribute to online chats and are given regular small tasks to complete so learning is broken down into manageable segments.

- Purpose -

This online course will allow registered Optometrists to increase their knowledge and skills in the area of Ocular Prescribing and Therapeutics.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

The programme will comprise a variety of teaching and learning methods. Primarily delivered on-line with regular interactive discussion boards and one optional face-to-face session in the second module. Each module will comprise 12 fully online lectures supplemented with additional reading, structured discussion boards and assessment, appropriately directed to meet each learning outcome.

Assessment will comprise a variety of methods including examination of knowledge, skills and reflection on the material using written assignments, multiple choice questions (MCQS), Visual Identification and Management of Ophthalmic Conditions (VIMOCs), contribution to structured discussion boards and case studies with reflection on practice.

Work placement / study abroad

Ulster University will provide the theoretical element of the Independent Prescribing programme. It will not be involved with the Clinical Placement element of the course. Ulster will not be responsible for arranging a mentor/supervisor for the student, arranging the clinical placements or examining hospital placement logbooks.

Career options

This qualification will allow the Optometrist to increase their scope of practice and manage and treat a wider range of ocular conditions.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five or ten equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway

Scholarships

A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

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Successful completion of this course will result in the award of a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing. The course of study involves. Read more

Why this course?

Successful completion of this course will result in the award of a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing.

The course of study involves:
- pre-residential course activity
- distance learning material
- two residential periods
- a period of learning in practice, under the supervision of a designated medical practitioner.

You'll be awarded 30 ScotCat credits on completion of the course.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/pharmacistindependentprescribing/

What you'll study

- therapeutics from a choice of cardiovascular, respiratory disease and infection, rheumatology, diabetes, substance misuse, renal medicine and palliative care
- communicating with patients & colleagues
- prescribing & public health
- care planning

You'll also undertake a Period of Learning in Practice (PLP). The aim is to provide you with opportunities to develop competencies in prescribing. This period focuses on the patient group(s) in which you'll be expecting to prescribe.

Facilities

Our high-quality, dedicated facilities include a dispensary with consulting area, clean room facility and pharmaceutical processing and analysis suites. You will have first-hand experience of the full range of professional activities in a modern training environment.

Entry requirements

All pharmacists must meet the following requirements:
- current registration with GPhC &/or PSNI as a practising pharmacist

- have at least two years appropriate patient orientated experience practising in a hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year

- have identified an area of clinical practice and need in which to develop their prescribing skills

- have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to their intended area of prescribing practice

- demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own continuing professional development (CPD)

- demonstrate how they'll develop their own networks for support, reflection and learning, including prescribers from other professions.

- have a designated medical practitioner who has agreed to supervise period of learning in practice

Designated medical practitioner requirements

The designated medical practitioner must be able to confirm that they:
- have had at least three years medical, treatment and prescribing responsibility for a group of patients in the relevant field of practice

- work within a GP Practice or are a specialist registrar, clinical assistant or a consultant within an NHS Trust or other NHS employer

- have some experience or training in teaching and/or supervision in practice

- agree to provide supervision, support and shadowing opportunities, and are familiar with the requirements of the programme

Course content

The course of study involves pre-residential course activity, distance learning material, two residential periods and a period of learning in practice, under the supervision of a designated medical practitioner. Students will be awarded 30 ScotCat credits on completion of the course.

Residential training

This element of the course is at Scottish Masters (SHEM) level 5 throughout. It's delivered through two residential periods that are taught here at the University of Strathclyde.

The first residential period of five days includes four classes, worth five credits each:
- therapeutics from a choice of cardiovascular, respiratory disease and infection, rheumatology, diabetes, substance misuse, renal medicine and palliative care
- communicating with patients & colleagues
- prescribing & public health
- care planning

Full attendance during the residential period is essential.

The second residential period of half a day will normally take place approximately six weeks after the first residential period. It involves peer review sessions designed to demonstrate clinical and ethical practice.

Period of Learning in Practice (PLP)

The aim is to provide you with opportunities to develop competencies in prescribing. This period focuses on the patient group(s) in which you'll be expecting to prescribe. The PLP starts after the first residential period.

The PLP is made up of a series of sessions (combination of full and/or half days) that involve prescribing and clinical activities. This should equate to a minimum of 12 days, but is subject to decision by the pharmacist and their supervisor based on the challenges of the individual prescribing roles being adopted by different pharmacists.

This PLP time will be used to develop clinical skills including:
- accurate assessment
- history-taking
- recognition and response to common signs and symptoms and formulation of a working diagnosis

During this period you'll be supervised by a designated medical prescriber who will be responsible for confirming your competence to practise.

A portfolio providing evidence that the required time has been spent (minimum 90 hours) and the learning outcomes achieved will be submitted along with a statement of assessment from the designated medical supervisor. The assessment will confirm the pharmacist's clinical competence in the area(s) for which they intend to prescribe.

The period in practice must be completed within 12 months of the residential course.

Assessment

Some assessments will be completed before attending the residential period and some will be completed after.

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We offer three pathways in the Advanced Professional Practice Programme. - Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice for pharmacists to develop the skills required for working in General Practice. Read more

Overview

We offer three pathways in the Advanced Professional Practice Programme:
- Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice for pharmacists to develop the skills required for working in General Practice.

- Advanced Professional Practice (Pharmacy) incorporating the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Advanced Pharmacy Framework

- Advanced Professional Practice (Open Learn) allows health professionals to choose from our range of modules to create their own pathway

Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice:
NHS England has recently announced their intention to invest £15 million pounds to pilot patient facing roles for clinical pharmacists in GP practices. This is a clear sign of that pharmacists are recognised as health professionals who are able to support patients in the management of long term conditions e.g. by optimising medicines. These roles offer exciting opportunities for pharmacists to develop in this area of practice. . If you wish to work in general practice, it is likely that you will need to be working towards or hold a postgraduate pharmacy qualification that includes Independent Prescribing.
Our new postgraduate pathway 'Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice' allows you to combine your choice of modules from across our Community Pharmacy, Advanced Professional Practice and Prescribing Studies programmes (including the Independent Prescribing course) to meet your own personal learning needs whilst working towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters award.

Advanced Professional Practice (Pharmacy):
The Pharmacy pathway is compatible with the emerging agenda for Advanced and Specialist Practice within the Pharmacy profession and supports the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Faculty Professional Recognition Scheme. Pharmacists who follow this pathway will incorporate the Advanced Pharmacy Framework (APF) (http://www.rpharms.com/faculty-resources/advanced-pharmacy-framework.asp) within their Advanced Professional Practice award and be able to demonstrate competency in all six competency clusters of the framework, ie:
- Expert Professional Practice
- Collaborative Working Relationships
- Leadership
- Management
- Education, Training and Development
- Research and Evaluation

Advanced Professional Practice (Open Learn):
Increasing numbers of pharmacists and other health professionals have a career portfolio that crosses the traditional boundaries of community practice, primary care and secondary care and need a programme of continuing professional development that can meet their specific personal professional development needs.
The Open learn pathway of the APP programme is designed to allow pharmacists and other health professionals, particularly medical and non-medical prescribers working in primary care, choice and flexibility in their progression to Certificate, Diploma and Masters awards to meet their specific professional development needs and advance their professional practice. Pharmacists can choose modules from across the Department of Medicines Management/School of Pharmacy postgraduate programmes’ portfolio, including Community Pharmacy and Clinical (Hospital) Pharmacy.
Pharmacists, medical and nonmedical prescribers can choose modules from the Prescribing Studies programme, including the Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course for Pharmacists, and also modules provided by other Schools within the Faculty of Health, and other Faculties within the University, subject to meeting the specific entry criteria required for individual modules.

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/advancedprofessionalpracticepharmacy/

Course Aims

Keele's Pg Advanced Professional Practice Programme aims to:
- Equip you with the clinical and professional knowledge base and skills that you have identified as necessary to fulfil and advance your professional practice

- Provide you with a learning programme that meets your personal professional development needs and that will help you apply your knowledge and skills in daily practice

- Encourage you to develop the self-discipline of private study, self-directed learning and reflective practice that will be continued beyond Keele's Programme in your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

In addition, you will develop valuable practical skills including written and oral communication, and the ability to design a project, collect, analyse and interpret data.

Course Content

MSc in Advanced Professional Practice (Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice):
For the ‘Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice’ pathway you may combine modules from our Prescribing Studies programme, Community Pharmacy programme and Advanced Professional Practice programme to meet your learning needs. A total of 60 credits is required to achieve the Certificate award, 120 credits for the Diploma and 180 credits for the MSc. The Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course for Pharmacists module (60 credits) from the Prescribing Studies programme may only be used towards a Diploma award.

Achievement of the Master’s award requires you to complete the Professional MSc year. The professional MSc year consists of three compulsory modules: Advanced Practice Development (15 credits), Researching and Evaluating your Practice (15 credits) and the Independent Learning Project (30 credits).

MSc in Advanced Professional Practice (Pharmacy):
This pathway links to all the clusters of the Advanced Pharmacy Framework (APF) (http://www.rpharms.com/faculty-resources/advanced-pharmacy-framework.asp) You will study modules to allow you to develop in all six clusters of the APF: Expert Professional Practice; Collaborative Working Relationships; Leadership; Management; Education, Training and Development; and Research and Evaluation.

The modules you will study are as follows (more detail about individual modules can be found in the Postgraduate Modules pages):

Year 1 (Certificate Year)
- Advanced Practice Development (30) 30 credits (Continuous module during Years 1 and 2)
- Competency Frameworks for the Advanced Practitioner 15 credits
- Building Working Relationships for the Advanced Practitioner (30) 30 credits

Year 2 (Diploma Year)
- Researching and Evaluating Your Practice 15 credits
- Education Theory and Practice for Health Professionals 15 credits
- Business and Financial Management 15 credits

Year 3 (Master’s year)
- Advanced Practice Development 15 credits
- Independent Learning Project 45 credits

MSc in Advanced Professional Practice (Open Learn)
For the ‘Open Learn’ pathway, a total of 60 credits is required to achieve the Certificate award, 120 credits for the Diploma and 180 credits for the MSc. The 15 credit Advanced Practice Development module is compulsory, after that you may chose modules from across our programmes to meet your individual learning needs. A maximum of 30 credits per level of award is permitted from any one programme source for Certificate and Diploma awards. The Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course for Pharmacists module (60 credits) from the Prescribing Studies programme may only be used towards a Diploma award.

Our Postgraduate Modules pages will provide you with more information about the modules you can choose from.

Achievement of the Master’s award requires you to complete the Professional MSc year. The professional MSc year consists of three compulsory modules: Advanced Practice Development (15 credits), Researching and Evaluating your Practice (15 credits) and the Independent Learning Project (30 credits).

Teaching & Assessment

The Advanced Professional Practice Programme is designed principally for distance-learning. We provide mainly online distance-learning materials so that you can study where and when it is most convenient for you. Our methods of delivery allow us to revise and update the course quickly to meet your changing needs as a pharmacist.

Students on the 'Pharmacy' Pathway will be required to attend Keele for occasional face to face study days. Students on the 'Open Learn' pathway maybe required to attend Keele, depending on their module choices.

The Advanced Professional Practice Programme is fully supported by a team of experienced, friendly, and approachable academic, administrative and technical staff based at Keele. You’re not on your own! And, don’t forget the network of other pharmacists on the course whom you can contact.

You will require the equivalent of 1-2 days (approximately 10-15 hours) each week to complete your course. Remember that the online nature of our course materials, and the fact that a good proportion of the assessed work focuses on your daily practice, means that you can integrate study and work.

Assessment is entirely by coursework for the Certificate, Diploma and MSc courses. A variety of assessment methods are used such as Practice-Based Assignments that will assess your knowledge, problem-solving skills, and data interpretation skills in relation to application of knowledge to practice, patient care and medicines management. Case Presentations assess your ability to critically appraise the literature and relate published theory to everyday practice. An Audit Project, Practice-Based Assignments, Project Protocol Development and the Independent Study Project Report assess ‘thinking’ and practical skills, and your ability to plan, conduct and report on an investigation. They also assess your ability to critically appraise the literature and relate published theory to everyday practice. Your Reflective Portfolio also assesses your ability to relate theory to practice, and self evaluation of, and reflection on, your own performance and CPD needs.

The nature of the assessments develops your written and oral communication skills. Practical skills and key life/transferable skills are assessed within the methods described above. Each method of assessment is supported by clear criteria for marking; these are explained in the relevant Course Handbooks. The minimum pass mark is 50%.

The summative assessment is supported by a variety of formative assessment activities that include online discussions, formative feedback on elements of the reflective portfolio, contributions to study days and feedback on draft proposals.

Additional Costs

For all programmes you will need regular access to a computer, email and the internet. However apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for our postgraduate programmes, with the exception of those listed below.

Some modules may require that you attend a Webinar. You may find it beneficial to purchase a headset to participate in webinars, however this is not essential if your computer has a built in microphone and speakers.

Some modules may require that you travel to Keele for a study day. There will be additional travel and accommodation costs (if required) to attend any face to face study days.

Study Days

Students on the Pharmacy Pathway will be required to attend Keele for some face to face study days. For further information please contact Bev Oakden.

Students who incorporate the Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course into the ‘Clinical Pharmacy for General Practice’ award will be required to attend Keele for some study days. For further information please refer to the ‘Independent Prescribing’ section of our website.

Whilst the majority of our modules are delivered at a distance, a small number may require attendance at Keele. Please contact Bev Oakden or Amanda Salt to discuss your choice of modules and any attendance requirements.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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The course is aimed at experienced pharmacy practitioners in primary, intermediate or secondary care. You learn how to demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge to prescribe safely and effectively in your area of practice. Read more
The course is aimed at experienced pharmacy practitioners in primary, intermediate or secondary care.

You learn how to demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge to prescribe safely and effectively in your area of practice. Throughout the course you gain skills and confidence. You improve your experience in the physical assessment of patients and the course allows you to demonstrate an effective use of diagnostic aids to support your diagnosis in your area of practice.
You demonstrate your knowledge of medical conditions that impact your prescribing practice area, including an understanding of the pathophysiology of disease and the ability to recognise signs and symptoms, as well as monitor response to treatment and review working diagnoses.

As an independent prescriber you gain a clear understanding of your roles and responsibilities on this course. You work in your own area of competence while building you understanding of onward referal pathways.

You learn how to demonstrate clinical skills including history taking, consultation and physical assessment and the course also places a lot of emphasis on the importance of clinical governance, good record keeping and audits.

You gain skills in communicating effectively with patients, carers and in your multi-disciplinary team.

As the course links you with other allied health professionals taking a non medical prescribing course you also benefit from interprofessional learning. There are opportunities to meet other students during your on campus learning or via online discussion forums provided by out virtual learning environment.

On completing the module you will have developed your skills as an individual by extending your scope practice to include effective prescribing.The programme will advance your clinical practice and enhance career opportunities.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pharmacist-independent-prescribing

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Course structure

Combines on campus and distance learning. Start date - September and February.
Block teaching - 8 days.
Distance learning - equivalent to 18 days.

Modules
-This course is a stand alone module.

Assessment: exam, reflective portfolio.

Other admission requirements

You will have identified a designated medical practitioner (DMP) who will have agreed to provided supervision, support and shadowing opportunities for you and be familiar with GPhC requirements of the programme and the learning objectives. You will demonstrate on application how you reflect on your personal performance and take responsibility for your CPD. This will be assessed by your employer (clinical manager and organisational non medical prescribing lead) as part of the application process. Your employer will ensure you have a current ( within the last 3 years) DBS check which is included as part of the application process.
As the module includes distance learning you will have IT ability and access to both computer and internet. The module is not available to pharmacists outside of the UK.

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Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide and is highly prevalent in most modern industrialised nations. It is a global epidemic and a leading cause of several major non-communicable diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Read more
Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide and is highly prevalent in most modern industrialised nations. It is a global epidemic and a leading cause of several major non-communicable diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Prevention and management is critical in reducing the considerable health costs of obesity. This online course will focus on enabling health care professionals to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to treat patients effectively.

The course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Obesity and Weight Management. It will develop problem solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role.

On completion of the course, students will have:
1. An applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting.
2. An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1799-msc-obesity-and-weight-management-online-delivery

What you will study

The course consists of two modules. Module one is compulsory and module two is a choice between Professional Practice or the Independent Prescribing module.

Module 1 – Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal (compulsory module):
This module will address the terminology and methodologies used in epidemiology and research studies, and you will learn how to interpret graphical and other statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses. You will develop an understanding of the importance of evidence based practice and how to apply it within a clinical setting.

Module 2: Professional Project or Independent Prescribing Module:
- Professional Project
This modules aims to develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice of your choice and develop skills in independent research and study. You will produce a report of 12000 words which will include a project proposal of 1,500 words and the remaining 10,500 words will consist of a literature review and an evidence appraisal, clinical or organisational practice audit. It will also involve the implementation of evidence-based practice and undertaking qualitative or quantitative research. As part of the module you will be in regular contact with your tutor who will offer guidance and supervision either via email, telephone or SKYPE.

- Or Independent Prescribing Module
This module aims to prepare students, both academically and practically, for the role of independent prescribing. The module also meets the registration criteria for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Synopsis of module content:
- Consultation, decision-making and therapy, including referral.
- Influences on, and psychology of, prescribing.
- Prescribing in a team context.
- Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co-morbidity.
- Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to nurse prescribing.
- Legal, policy and ethical aspects.
- Professional accountability and responsibility.

Learning and teaching methods

Each of the modules is taught online and includes self-directed learning, tutor stimulated discussion on case scenarios, examinations, group projects and independent projects. Reflective practice is also studied which involves considering how you can apply the knowledge gained into everyday work and practice.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The Obesity & Weight Management courses have been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within weight and obesity management including GP’s, doctors, nurses, physicians, surgeons, physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists, and counsellors running clinics. Following successful completion of this specialised course, you will have the knowledge to further improve patient care and it could enhance your future career progression.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will vary for each module and include case-based examinations, discussions and scenarios, reflective portfolio, forum discussions and group activities.

Facilities

As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box- the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.

Teaching

The course is delivered by a board who have an established international reputation in Obesity & Weight Management and delivering online education:
- Dr. Steve Davies – Consultant Endocrinologist and Director of Diploma MSc
- Dr Simon Williams – Principal Lecturer, Obesity and Physical Activity Epidemiologist
- Professor Nadim Haboubi – Consultant Gastroenterologist
- Dr Dev Datta – Consultant Clinical Biochemist

Work and Study Placements

Students will usually be employed as health care professionals before commencing this course. Consequently work or study placements are not available.

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Legislation dating from 1998, along with secondary legislation and subsequent amendments, has enabled a wide range of health professionals to qualify as non-medical prescribers. Read more
Legislation dating from 1998, along with secondary legislation and subsequent amendments, has enabled a wide range of health professionals to qualify as non-medical prescribers. There is now a huge demand for non-medical prescribers and the Medway School of Pharmacy programme was selected by Health Education Kent Surrey Sussex (HEKSS) as a contract provider of this qualification.

The programme covers, over a period of eight to nine contact days, communication and diagnostic skills, the legal, policy, professional and ethical aspects of prescribing, pharmacology, and patient assessment and monitoring. The programme, approved by the appropriate professional/regulatory bodies, provides a distance learning option for qualification as a non-medical prescribing. You can take the programme as a standalone postgraduate certificate in Independent/Supplementary Prescribing, or as one pathway into the Medicines Management programme by studying prescribing as either the first or second year of the Medicines Management postgraduate diploma (please see the Medicines Management programme leaflet and the pathway diagram leaflet both available from the school).

On successful completion, the school will notify the appropriate professional/regulatory body that you have qualified as an independent/supplementary prescriber. We also offer study days and short courses to help new prescribers fulfil their CPD requirements. Nurses have the option to undertake a short course in prescribing (45 credits at level 6).

The aims of the programme are:

- To prepare pharmacists, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and podiatrists to practise as independent / supplementary prescribers

- To prepare radiographers to practise as supplementary prescribers

- To meet the standards set by the respective professional or regulatory body as required within the legislative framework.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/pha/isp

Pharmacy

We offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes and courses for pharmacists and other health-care professionals. Our Medway School of Pharmacy is a unique collaboration between the Universities of Greenwich and Kent. We have designed innovative patient focused programmes to address the needs of healthcare professionals. A significant investment in facilities and equipment has allowed us to embark on our objective of establishing an internationally recognised research reputation based on multidisciplinary team work.

What you'll study

The programmes consist of 4 courses (modules).

PGCert Independent/Supplementary Prescribing:

All four courses are compulsory

- Non-medical prescribing in context (15 credits)
- Safe and effective prescribing (15 credits)
- Consultation and decision making (15 credits)
- Putting prescribing into practice (15 credits)

Short Course Programme in Prescribing (Independent and Supplementary) for Nurses – Level 6:

All four courses are compulsory

- Background to non-medical prescribing (10 credits)
- Prescribing safely and effectively (10 credits)
- Embedding prescribing in your consultations (10 credits)
- The practice of prescribing (15 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

Assessments include: written assignments, case study analysis, multiple choice questions, narrative based on portfolio entries, attendance of period of learning in practice and Practical Assessment of Prescribing Practice (PAPP).

Professional recognition

On successful completion, the school will notify the appropriate professional/regulatory body that you have qualified as an independent/supplementary prescriber.

Career options

Graduates from this programme can pursue many opportunities within the field of prescribing.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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This course is specifically designed for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who wish to undertake part-time study to prepare them to become a non-medical prescriber. Read more
This course is specifically designed for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who wish to undertake part-time study to prepare them to become a non-medical prescriber. Nurses and midwives will be awarded the NMC recorded qualification (V300 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing) and allied health professionals will be awarded an annotation with the HPC as a Supplementary Prescriber.
The leading principle within the Non-Medical Prescribing course is to prepare you to deliver high quality care by equipping you to:
- Prescribe safely and effectively
- Use resources to your optimum effect for service users
- Improve well-being and reduce inequalities
- Provide evidence-based effective care
- Engage in policy making and actively participate in the multidisciplinary prescribing team

You can expect to study four modules:

•Pharmacology and therapeutics for prescribers (30 credits) will prepare students to understand and apply the principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics directly related to prescribing practice. Practitioners will have the opportunity to critically analyse evidence based practice including risk assessment and management and to synthesise information relating to their own area of practice.
•Outline content includes: pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics; adverse drug reactions; numeracy; safe principles of prescribing; anatomy and physiology across the life span.
•Professional, legal and ethical issues for prescribers (15 credits) focuses on critically evaluating and synthesising ideas from the evidence in relation to the legal, ethical and professional issues implicit in non-medical prescribing decision making and consultations. Outline content includes: legislation and policies related to prescribing; accountability and responsibility for assessment, diagnosis and prescribing independently and within the multi-disciplinary team; patient safety in supervising, managing and evaluating prescribing decisions; prescribing effectively within a finite prescribing budget.
•Applied prescribing in the clinical context (15 credits) aims to critically evaluate the skills required for a comprehensive consultation for safe effective prescribing. In addition it is designed to promote synthesis of ideas influential in prescribing decision making. Outline content includes: appraisal of self and others regarding consultation skills in achieving medicines adherence; external pressures impacting on prescribing; different management options used to treat patients.
•Prescribing in practice for nurses and midwives / allied health professionals (0 credits) prepares students to prescribe from the British National Formulary as both independent and supplementary prescribers for nurses and midwives or as a supplementary prescriber for allied health professionals. Outline content includes: application of theory to practice; rationale for prescribing decisions; numeracy skills, writing prescriptions; prescribing in a range of scenarios. All practice experiences and practice outcomes for the whole course are based within this module.
Teaching and assessment
Our student-centred and enquiry-based approach to learning incorporates a wide variety of learning and teaching strategies, including; case studies, scenarios, small group work, action learning sets, workshops, pod casts, reflection, student presentations, supervised consultations with service users in practice and clinically focused tutorials. An essential part of the course will take place in practice settings under the guidance of a Designated Medical Practitioner, facilitated by your personal tutor. Students will also be supported by a designated qualified nurse prescriber, lead midwife for education, or supplementary prescriber for allied health, who will take up the role of preceptor at the end of the course.

Expertise
Our course team have a wide range of experience in non-medical prescribing provision. A key strength is that most are, or have been, independent and or supplementary prescribers from primary and secondary care in nursing, midwifery and pharmacy practice. The external examiner is also experienced in non-medical prescribing.

Graduate careers
A qualification in non-medical prescribing will be an essential aspect of your professional portfolio and will support your career progression through the advancement of your own practice in providing high quality patient care; thus enhancing your continued professional development needs.

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Diabetes is a growing worldwide epidemic. Consequently, emphasis is placed on tackling this disease through all members of the multidisciplinary team. Read more
Diabetes is a growing worldwide epidemic. Consequently, emphasis is placed on tackling this disease through all members of the multidisciplinary team.

The MSc Diabetes course provides a progression route for the postgraduate diabetes diploma course offered by the University.

This clinically-focussed online course is designed to equip professionals with the knowledge and skills to deliver a first rate diabetes service. The curriculum is based on the International Curriculum for Diabetes Health Professional Education produced by the International Diabetes Federation and therefore meets the highest international standards for diabetes education.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/791-msc-diabetes-online-delivery

What you will study

Modules

Core
- Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

Optional modules
- Professional Project
- Independent Prescribing Module (taught at University)

Learning and teaching methods

The course begins with an optional one day induction programme providing an overview of the course and the study skills required at the University’s Glyntaff campus.

The Professional project involves writing up to 10,500 words on a practice issue. You will be assigned a supervisor to guide you.

Students undertaking the Independent Prescribing module will need to attend the University as this is not taught online. This module will enable eligible nurses and pharmacists to become an Independent Prescriber as part of their MSc qualification.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The course has direct relevance to the demands of working roles and will assist in career enhancement and support specialisation. It is envisaged that most students will be in diabetes-related posts or aspiring to such positions.

This degree provides appropriate post qualification preparation for roles in diabetes specialist teams, diabetes specialist nursing, practice nursing and allied health professionals aiming to provide diabetes services in primary care. Similarly, pharmaceutical companies are keen to support their representatives in postgraduate education and this qualification will be perceived favourably in career progression and specialisation.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed online, apart from those undertaking the Independent Prescribing module. Assessments comprise of case-based examinations, reflective portfolio, forum discussions and group activities.

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We have delivered a successful clinical pharmacy course for many years. It has been developed and adapted several times following extensive feedback from students and findings from market research among pharmacists in different sectors of the profession, to meet the changing requirements of the workplace. Read more
We have delivered a successful clinical pharmacy course for many years. It has been developed and adapted several times following extensive feedback from students and findings from market research among pharmacists in different sectors of the profession, to meet the changing requirements of the workplace. We offer:

•A flexible approach that meets your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements
•Suitable for pharmacists working in hospital, community or primary care pharmacy or other sectors e.g. the prison service, non-NHS hospitals
•Suitable for pharmacists working as a locum in both hospital and community settings
•Options to follow different routes and gain different qualifications, including independent prescribing
•A skills-based approach to learning about ‘real life’ clinical pharmacy
•Practice-based coursework assessments
•Course material is written by expert pharmacists and doctors
•Distance learning which can be planned around work and personal commitments

Course Modules:

The course philosophy is to provide a variety of learning activities which will enable you to meet your CPD requirements and to continually improve the quality of the clinical care delivered to patients. To ensure the course is kept up-to- date and relevant it has recently undergone some innovative changes which will provide greater flexibility and choice.

All students will study the same modules at certificate stage:

•Clinical foundations (15 credits)
•Practice foundations (15 credits)
•Clinical Practice 1 (15 credits)
•Public Health (15 credits)

At diploma stage all students will study one core module, and further optional modules:

•Clinical Practice 2 (30 credits)

Optional modules:

•Service evaluation (15 credits)
•Plus: Practice development (15 credits)
•Or: independent Prescribing (45 credits)
•Or: research methods (30 credits)
•Or: Service evaluation (15 credits)
•Plus: Professional development (15 credits)

At MSc stage, you will complete a yearlong independent study project.

Teaching and Assessment:

The course is via distance learning, making it ideal for studying at home and in the workplace. Module guides which contain the teaching material are made available online in the DMU virtual learning environment for all students. We suggest you plan to spend about ten hours a week studying the course material for the MSc.

There is some attendance required at the university for UK-based students:

•An induction day, as you start the course, to introduce you to the programme team, the study facilities available to you, and to induct you into the course requirements and patterns
of study

•Two study days per year of study, where you may have small group tutorials about the assignments, do some further study in groups, or sit a study day assessment, depending on the module

•If you choose the independent prescribing option in the diploma stage this is taught partly by face-to-face teaching at DMU over 11 study days and two assessment days

Assessments for home students involves written pieces of coursework plus some assessments on the study days e.g. presentations and short answer paper written assessments. Some of the assessments involve completing GPhC CPD cycles relating to the learning done on the course. Others require you to study a patient’s care in depth, accessing their medical records and critiquing their clinical pharmacy care.

International students will complete all their studies online via BlackBoard. Many of the assessments will also be completed online.

Expertise:

We have a dedicated team of staff who contribute to the course. The programme and module leaders are all registered, practising pharmacists, and have experience in the hospital, community, primary care and prescribing areas of pharmacy practice. MSc supervisors are drawn from the Leicester School of Pharmacy and local community and hospital pharmacists who can support you in your project. We also use a team of expert pharmacists and doctors who contribute to the development of the course material and assessments on the study days.

Graduate Careers:

All of the options within the Clinical Pharmacy MSc are suitable for practising pharmacists who wish to develop their careers and gain an additional clinical qualification. The specialist and learning skills you acquire are highly sought after in many different sectors of practice. Having an MSc is recognised by some employers (e.g. some hospital trusts) as a stepping stone in career progression.

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Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. Our online 1 year MSc in Rheumatology is designed to be practical and clinically focused. Read more
Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales.

Our online 1 year MSc in Rheumatology is designed to be practical and clinically focused. Our courses promise to help students develop problem-solving and clinical skills whilst preparing them for a successful leadership role in Rheumatology, which is still an emerging area. The course is worth 60 credits and comprises 2 modules.

Entry to the 1 year MSc in Rheumatology will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Rheumatology (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Alternatively, students may apply for the MSc in Rheumatology as a two-year course, completing all 8 modules (180 credits).

The course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Rheumatology. It will develop problem-solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in Rheumatology.

Our Rheumatology Masters of Science has been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within Rheumatology including Doctors, GPs, Allied Health Professionals, Practice Nurses and those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Occupational therapists, Pharmacists).

Course Structure

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal (compulsory module)
Aim of the module:

To help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to Rheumatology research.

Synopsis of module content:

Basic terminology used in epidemiology and research studies such as prevalence, incidence, sensitivity, specificity, false positive and false negatives.
Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses.
Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk, number needed to treat.
Basic statistical tests and their applications including t-Tests, ANOVA, Chi-Square.
Methodologies as applied to rheumatology research.
Fundamentals of evidence-based practice and its application in the clinical setting.
Establishing patient registers and the value of disease-specific registers.
Research into educational principles for both health care practitioner and patient.
Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator.>

On completion of this module the student should be able to:

Interpret research in rheumatology medicine.
Display a critical understanding of the clinical implications of research and its impact on healthcare delivery and service development.
Implement evidence-based practice into care.

Module 2 - Professional Project or Independent Prescribing Module
Professional Project

Aim of the module:

To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
To develop skills in independent research and study.
To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.
Synopsis of module content:

The module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific clinically related project relevant to the student’s practice.

This project may comprise:

Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.
On completion of this module the student should be able to:

Produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
Demonstrate an ability to recognise and implement good practice.
Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change.
Incorporated knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.
Or

Independent Prescribing Module

Aim of the module:

This module aims to prepare students, both academically and practically, for the role of independent prescribing. The module also meets the registration criteria for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
Synopsis of module content:

Consultation, decision-making and therapy, including referral.
Influences on, and psychology of, prescribing.
Prescribing in a team context.
Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co-morbidity.
Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to nurse prescribing.
Legal, policy and ethical aspects.
Professional accountability and responsibility.
On completion of this module the student should:

Describe the responsibility that the role of independent prescriber entails (and demonstrate and awareness of their own limitations and work within the limits of professional competence).
Apply and evaluate patient assessment skills (inc. clinical assessment, history taking) and consultative skills with patient/clients, clients, parents and carers in the context of prescribing/informing diagnosis.
Critically appraise and apply knowledge of drug actions, use sources of information/advice and decision support systems in prescribing practice to support prescribing decisions/informing diagnosis.
Explain and apply the relevant legislation to the practice of nurse/midwife prescribing and practice within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility.
Evaluate the influences that can affect prescribing practice and demonstrate understanding by managing prescribing practice in an ethical way.

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules, however, it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2 - Professional Project

To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course however much of the work is self-directed.

Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded on the student's journal by the student.

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