The Postgraduate Certificate in Medicines Management (Independent and/ or Supplementary Prescribing) is a part-time, web-dependent programme, developed with the aim of preparing suitably qualified Allied Health Professionals for the extended roles of access and supply of drugs under exemption order, Patient Group Directives, Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (Physiotherapy and Podiatry) and Supplementary Prescribing (Radiography).
The programme comprises two compulsory thirty credit point modules; Pharmacotherapeutics in Prescribing and Prescribing in Practice; in combination leading to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Medicines Management and the professional award of Independent and/or Supplementary Prescribing (for those professions eligible). The two modules are usually taken over a one year period. The programme runs from September to December (Module 1: Pharmacotherapeutics in Prescribing) and January to May (Module 2: Prescribing in Practice) each year.
Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, and Radiographers have been able to prescribe as Supplementary Prescribers since 2005. Two joint formal consultation by the Department of Health and the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on proposals to further introduce Independent Prescribing rights to Chiropodists/Podiatrists and Physiotherapists in 2011 led to the development of The Human Medicines Regulations 2012, resulting in Independent Prescribing rights being extended to these health professions from August 2013.
Non- medical prescribing underpins achievement of the goals identified in Equality and Excellence: Liberating the NHS (Department of Health 2012) by the development of new roles and service delivery to improve patient outcome. Independent and Supplementary prescribing by Health Professionals improves patient access to services, enables early intervention reducing hospital admissions and improves discharge outcomes following hospital stay by improving the transition from acute to community care.
Independent prescribing by Physiotherapists and Podiatrists has been demonstrated to support patient-centered care by enhancing partnership working across professional and organisational boundaries, enabling the redesign of care pathways that is cost effective, maximizes benefit to the patient, enhances professional autonomy and is sustainable.
Supplementary Prescribing is used most often in chronic disease management where the initial diagnosis has been made by an Independent Prescriber and continued care is paramount (for example in the case of administration of radiotherapy, or the case of clinical research trials). Direct benefits to the patient are an improvement in patient care, better use of Allied Health Professionals and Medics time, clarification of professional responsibilities leading to improved communications, the provision of a holistic and autonomous service by non-medical professionals, greater concordance and improved understanding by patients of their pharmacological management.
This part time, web-dependent programme has been developed with the aim of preparing suitably qualified Allied Health Professionals for the extended role of Independent and/ or Supplementary Prescribing in accordance with legislative eligibility. Completion of the programme also provides the training elements required for Allied Health Professionals working under patient group directives and will qualify the applicant for the professional entry of Prescriptions Only Medicine Certification on the Health Professions Council register where eligible.
Students are required to attend and engage with ALL face to face teaching sessions and clinical placement hours associated with the programme. Students MUST demonstrate that placement activity is carried out and attendance meets requirements specified in the Prescribing Practice Portfolio (Minimum requirements: 90 hours attendance in clinical prescribing practice for Independent and / or Supplementary Prescribing).
Placement is central to the development of the safe prescriber and the educational input and support of a designated/ approved General/ Medical Practitioner is crucial to the development of the necessary competencies.
For students undertaking the full Postgraduate Certificate programme, placement is organised by the student in negotiation with the employer and Medical Practitioner, and in consultation with the University of Ulster. Clinical placement across the two modules is a minimum 90 hours. Placement is a compulsory part of this programme during which students develop their clinical skills, under the supervision of a Medical Practitioner, to be able to undertake their new role safely.
The placement setting will typically be the workplace for each student. Proposed Medical Practitioner’s will be expected to sign a declaration of eligibility (in accordance with the Department of Health’s eligibility criteria) prior to a student being accepted onto the programme. In cases where students cannot gain the skills required in their place of work, the main objective will be to seek the experiences within another suitable environment.
Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as an Independent and/or Supplementary Prescriber.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Medicines Management delivers a range of learning experiences to enable students across and between multiple disciplines to enhance their knowledge and skills, encourage critical thinking, creativity and strategic planning in Independenet and/ or Supplementary Prescribing within their professional field, thereby enhancing employability. Students applying for this programme are expected to already be following a distinct career pathwaywith the opportunity of progressing in that pathway through the extended prescibing and leadership skills attained.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacy Management offers practitioners working within pharmacy the opportunity to gain a unique qualification in pharmacy management, and thereby an opportunity for career development through the management route, either within secondary care or community pharmacy environments.
This diploma will advance the development of pharmacy practitioners in areas of personal and personnel management, marketing principles, and financial management within a framework of self-reflection and self-development. On successful completion of the course, students should have improved management, marketing and financial skills, which will benefit the practitioner, the employer and the community as a whole by the professional development of the pharmacist and other relevant pharmacy staff.
This course is undergoing academic revalidation during 2016/17, and the course content/ modules are subject to change. for the most up to date information, please contact [email protected]
This programme is designed specifically for those working within pharmacy, to provide a distinct and unique qualification gained from the study of all aspects of pharmacy business management. In order to widen access and participation, the course will be offered as a distance-learning course, allowing practitioners to allocate their time more readily within the demands of their employment.
The use of a variety of quality management systems and techniques encompassing a range of recognised transformational, behavioural and personal development practices is a novel approach to management training and education. These techniques allow flexibility for individuals to use methods most suitable to their personal learning styles. They will assist the pharmacist/student to manage and positively influence all spheres of their potential influence, from other healthcare professionals, to patients, from political spheres to suppliers; and to identify opportunities where others will only assess risk. Completion of the programme will enable the pharmacist/student to consistently achieve the results that they want for themselves, their business, their services and their personal progression.
This is a fully online, part-time, distance learning programme.
PgDip: two academic years for completion
PgCert exit award may be offered after one academic year
Many people working within pharmacy take on a management role to some extent which has not been supported by their undergraduate training. This programme will support those working within pharmacy to the Agenda for Change Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) who wish to progress and require a postgraduate diploma in addition to their undergraduate degree to do so. This programme will also support those employed within the pharmacy retail sector in community pharmacies who wish to proceed along a management career pathway. Currently most of the postgraduate diplomas that are available are clinical in nature; this programme will provide for those who have chosen a career pathway other than the clinical route e.g. patient-services, medicines information, management.
This is a six, eight or twelve month, part-time, distance learning programme which enables a wide range of healthcare professionals to qualify as non-medical prescribers. Pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists, podiatrists and therapeutic radiographers can qualify as independent prescribers while dieticians and diagnostic radiographers can qualify as supplementary prescribers. The qualification gained meets the standards set by the respective professional/regulatory bodies.
Nine study days at the university cover communication and diagnostic skills, the legal, policy, professional and ethical aspects of prescribing, pharmacology, and patient assessment and monitoring. Students also spend 90 hours shadowing prescribers in clinical practice working in their chosen specialist area.
Not sure you are ready? Try our Preparing for Prescribing (P4P) short courses first. See Medway School of Pharmacy website for more details: http://www.msp.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/supp-independent-prescribing/index.html
Nurses can choose to study at Level 6 rather than Level 7. Those who study at Level 6 gain institutional credit (45 credits at Level 6). The two levels are taught together and are mapped to the same requirements as validated by the NMC but there is variation in the academic outcomes and expectations and are marked accordingly. There are four compulsory courses to complete.
The full Level 7 programme gains you 60 credits and the award of a Postgraduate Certificate. There are four compulsory courses to complete. You can take the programme as a standalone Postgraduate Certificate in Independent/Supplementary Prescribing, or as one pathway into the Medicines Optimisation programme by studying prescribing as either the first or second year of the Medicines Optimisation postgraduate diploma. See the page on the PG Cert/Dip/MSc Medicines Optimisation for more details. [Link to Medicines Optimisation page – was Medicines Management]
The programme is run at the Medway School of Pharmacy by academics and healthcare professionals active in clinical practice. All of the team are qualified Non-Medical Prescribers.
PG Cert Independent/Supplementary Prescribing P11173
Practice Credit Prescribing (Independent and Supplementary) for Nurses P13199
On successful completion, the school will notify the appropriate professional/regulatory body (GPhC, NMC or HCPC) that you have qualified as an independent/supplementary prescriber.
There is high and rising demand for both non-medical prescribing nurse practitioners and pharmacists in GP surgeries or other primary care settings. There are also enhanced career opportunities for radiographers, physiotherapists and podiatrists with the prescribing qualification.
Distance learning with eight (nine for nurses) compulsory study days at the university. Plus 90 hours in clinical practice.
Find out more information about the Medicines Management Programme.
Medicines optimisation describes a system of processes and behaviours that determines how medicines are used by patients and the NHS. Effective medicines optimisation places the patient as the primary focus of interventions by healthcare professionals and is a key driver for NHS modernisation in the UK.
Whether you are working in primary or secondary care, in a GP surgery, a community pharmacy or for a hospital trust, the medicines optimisation programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to medicines optimisation services and to individual drug therapy decisions.
The core courses will give you a full understanding of medicines optimisation in the NHS and how it contributes to getting the maximum benefits for patients and the best value for money. You can then choose from a wide range of options to suit the focus of your own clinical practice setting, to support continuing professional development or as a training package to support service developments in primary or secondary care.
The programme is delivered by flexible learning and is structured to enable you to incorporate learning directly into the workplace. The material provided for self-study is designed for use by all health professionals involved in medicines management and reflects the most recent evidence and practice.
There are three main pathways to the qualification of MSc Medicines Optimisation. Students can take the PGCert Independent/Supplementary Prescribing for either the first or the second 60 credits of the medicines optimisation programme; they can complete optional and compulsory courses to reach achieve both Certificate and Diploma; or they can begin with the one of our 30-credit short courses and then transfer to the full Certificate if they wish to do so. Please visit the school website: http://www.msp.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/msc-med-management/index.html or contact the postgraduate office on [email protected] for more details.
The postgraduate certificate consists of two compulsory courses and a selection of 40 credits from the list of options. The compulsory courses at this stage are: Medicines Management in Practice (10 credits) and Consultation and Communication in Practice: Patients as Partners (10 credits).
The postgraduate diploma consists of two compulsory courses and a selection of 40 credits from the list of options. The compulsory courses at this stage are: Using Evidence Effectively (10 credits) and Medication Review in Practice (10 credits).
Students who have successfully completed the first 120 credits can continue to the MSc. This consists of a research project, supported by academics with expertise in practice research. Students will gain expertise in research techniques, be supported to write a protocol and complete either an NHS or University Ethics application and collect and analyse data.
This degree equips you to work more closely with other healthcare professionals in primary care, particularly GPs and CCGs, while developing clinical skills in your chosen specialty areas of care and offering you the opportunity to qualify as a non-medical prescriber.
This exciting new programme has been introduced as a spin-off from the very successful Drug Discovery MSc in response to the increasing opportunities which now exist for research scientists who can evaluate the business potential of their science as well as generate the science itself.
This MSc contains the science core of the Pharmaceutics MSc and combines a broad overview of the drug discovery and development process with specialisation in management training and awareness, and strategic partnering and business development skills.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (120 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).
All students undertake a business development project based on an aspect of science from drug discovery either at the UCL School of Pharmacy or in industry.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars and practical classes. Assessment is through a combination of written examination and coursework. The business development project is by written report and oral presentation to the class and a judging panel of scientists and managers.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Drug Discovery and Pharma Management MSc
Students who complete the Drug Discovery and Pharma Management MSc will progress to careers in the various aspects of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries including research, product development and manufacturing, clinical trials and regulatory affairs.
Recent career destinations for this degree
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
The Pharma Management component of this MSc is led by Dr Nigel Ratcliffe, formerly Vice-President for regulatory and commercial affairs at Astra Zeneca.
Students visit a leading research laboratory e.g. GlaxoSmithKline to look at computer-based molecular modelling, how physico-chemical properties are determined, the robotic compound library, and high throughput screening. The visit is supplemented by material and instruction and the discovery process of a drug will be worked through in detail.
Students attend a one-day research conference on an aspect of drug discovery and development organised by the Society for Medicines Research where there is opportunity to interact with leading industrialists and researchers in the field.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of Pharmacy
87% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
The course develops students’ understanding of how pharmacy can impact global health. Students are provided with a foundation in the complex determinants of health and the global burden and management of disease.
The curriculum then focuses on the twin strands of pharmaceuticals and pharmacists, and their role in improving global health, with a particular emphasis on addressing health inequities. The course brings together experts from many disciplines to deliver a vibrant and stimulating programme.
The Global Pharmacy course is suitable for anyone interested in taking a multidisciplinary approach to how pharmacy and global health are related.
This course is particularly relevant for pharmacists, those working in the pharmaceutical industry and pharmaceutical policy makers, as well as others interested in how global health and pharmacy intersect.
This course equips students to apply their specialist knowledge and skills to make a unique contribution to improving global health through pharmacy.
The course has a particular focus on overcoming health inequities: the avoidable differences in health globally. Graduates will have the skills to work as global pharmacy practitioners, policy makers, consultants or researchers, with international health and development agencies or in global health-related aspects of the pharmaceutical industry.