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.
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 optimisation 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 both certificate and diploma; or they can begin with the one of our short courses on a pay-as-you-go basis, and build up credits before transferring to the full certificate. Please visit the school website: http://www.msp.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/msc-opt, 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.
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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.
Our population is ageing: This is well recognised, as is the fact that older people, in particular those living with frailty, are best supported through a holistic, person centred and community based approach to care. There is therefore a pressing need to enable primary and community care clinicians to develop the enhanced clinical, managerial and leadership skills required to support the delivery of safe, effective, compassionate and integrated care for older people, unhindered by traditional professional and organisational boundaries.
This course allows students to study the latest concepts in frailty and integrated care, in a multi-professional, multi-agency and community focused context. The course covers the definition, epidemiology, concepts and models of frailty in primary care and at transitions of care. It goes on to consider the clinical management of frailty, including specialist clinical interventions, medicines management, and legal and ethical aspects. The course also identifies and addresses key leadership and management themes important in the development, commissioning and management of integrated services for older people with frailty, allowing students to study these crucial concepts in a practically based and interactive manner.
This programme has been developed in collaboration with Shropshire Doctors Co-operative Ltd., GP First and the British Geriatrics Society.
The aim of the course is to help primary and community care clinicians to develop skills that will motivate, empower and enable them to enhance their contribution to the delivery of high quality and effective integrated care for older people living with frailty in our communities.
This course recognises that clinicians require a unique combination of knowledge, skills and experience to support the delivery of enhanced primary and community care services for older people with frailty, particularly in seeking to provide person centred and integrated care that overcomes traditional professional and organisational boundaries.
This course is designed to develop these skills and to empower clinicians to be confident in their holistic approach to the complex issues associated with delivering care to older people with frailty.
Clinicians who complete these course will be ideally placed not only to take on currently available enhanced clinical roles in this area, but also to take up new opportunities emerging through the transformational change in service delivery being driven by the New Care Models and the NHS Five Year Forward View.
It will therefore benefit GPs at any stage of their careers, Nurse Practitioners and Community Matrons in general or specialist roles in Primary Care or Community Trusts and Allied Health Professionals working in this area; in other words, a range of primary and community care clinicians enthusiastic to develop their skills and capabilities in this area.
The course is divided into modules, each attracting 15 M-level credits. The modules then build up to a 120 credits diploma after two years if all the modules are completed. Students can go on to undertakie the final year research dissertation (60 credits) required to achieve the MMedSci should they so wish.
Some of the modules are face to face whilst others are partly online or portfolio based. The portfolio based modules include tutored supervision to guide the student's work.
Year One includes:
Year Two includes options and students can choose a number of appropriate optional modules such as:
Students will be taught in an interactive manner, with an opportunity to undertake a work based portfolio to concentrate learning on a specific area of the students' interest. Each of the modules finishes with an assignment which helps to continue the themed learning with the student undertaking an assignment.
All students will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide academic guidance and study skills support.
Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.
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The programme has been designed in close collaboration with NHS partners to support the development of foundation stage pharmacist practitioners following registration. It develops the practitioner student's underpinning knowledge and skills in clinical pharmacy practice and medicines management.
We work on a philosophy of student-centred workplace learning, supported by workbooks and learning sets facilitated by experienced pharmacy practitioners. The practitioner students are expected to take responsibility for managing their learning and achieving the course objectives in support of their continuing professional development (CPD).
Students will gain the understanding needed to conduct effective consultations with patients respecting their diverse needs and with regard to confidentiality and consent, and to identify, prioritise and resolve complex pharmaceutical care issues.
There is one intake each year for students starting on the certificate level of the programme. Students begin in March of each year and attend eight learning sets over a period of 18 months. By October of the following year, if all the assessments have been passed, students can either exit with a postgraduate certificate or transfer to the postgraduate diploma.
The certificate comprises one compulsory course entitled "Practitioner Development and Establishment of Professional and Clinical Practice" (60 credits).
The postgraduate diploma consists of two separate courses:
Each course runs for six months, starting in March and October, and consists of three learning sets. Most students complete the certificate and then transfer immediately to the diploma. There is flexibility in the system and students can delay before transferring if necessary. Students must complete within six years of the certificate start date.
Students who have successfully completed the postgraduate diploma in general pharmacy practice can elect to 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. Start dates are in September, January and April.
The certificate and the diploma are commissioned by Health Education England London and the South East – Kent Surrey Sussex (HEE LaSE KSS) and are jointly delivered with the University of Brighton. PGCert level learning sets take place in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and the PGDip courses are delivered by both institutions concurrently enabling students to elect which to do first and which location best fits with work and home travel.
The programme is run at the Medway School of Pharmacy by academics and practising healthcare professionals. Please visit http://www.msp.ac.uk for more information on the school and http://www.msp.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/cert-gen-pharm-pract for more details on this programme.
PG Cert General Pharmacy Practice P12588
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PG Diploma General Pharmacy Practice P12589
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MSc General Pharmacy Practice P13371
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Completion of the PG Diploma leads not only to the academic award but also to the Certificate of Completion of General Pharmacist Training from an accredited training centre.
Certificate and Diploma: These programmes provide progression for pharmacists towards advanced practitioner status. Completion of the practice elements of the full Diploma programme qualifies you not only for the PG Diploma but also leads to the award of the NHS Statement of Completion of General Pharmacist Training
MSc: This degree gives you a strong foundation for a career in pharmacy in any sector, allowing you to experience different aspects of pharmaceutical care and strengthening the key skills you will need to flourish in your chosen specialty.
The course is designed for qualified midwives looking to advance into senior, advanced and educational posts within the midwifery profession, where a Masters qualification is often desired.
Completing an Advanced Practice (Midwifery) MSc at City, University of London will not only demonstrate your ambition and aptitude for learning, it will increase your chances of success in your chosen career progression. Furthermore, our uniquely flexible programme provides you with the opportunity to tailor your learning to your unique learning needs and interests.
City’s Advanced Practice (Midwifery) MSc is a natural progression from your preregistration Midwifery education as it provides you with the opportunity to build upon your specialist knowledge and skills in a way that will widen your career opportunities.
Our programme offers an exciting and flexible learning environment where compulsory modules are kept to a minimum. This means that you can choose some of your modules from a wide range optional modules, building a unique and challenging learning programme tailored to your individual development needs and interests.
The Masters programme offers teaching in the latest theoretical and clinical developments by academics belonging to the Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research who carry out leading world class research aimed at improving the health and care of women, children, families and communities.
In the programme’s core modules you will gain a solid foundation of research skills and applied data analysis to support and extend your role as an evidence-based practitioner.
Our specialist Clinical Skills Centre at our Northampton Square Campus has been designed to give students a safe environment in which to practise their clinical and caring skills.
We have a range of specialist equipment that is used to simulate birthing situations from normal to emergency, to enable you to develop the skills you need no-matter the birthing situation you are supporting.
You will have access to a simulated 6-bedded high dependency unit (HDU) with realistic equipment including piped oxygen, call bells, medicines and emergency equipment; laboratories, including a biology laboratory, allow students to rehearse their skills in preparation for practice in a range of placements, including clinics and women’s homes.
A blended approach to learning and teaching is adopted including institution-based taught modules, e-learning and work-based learning. Modules are run by experienced practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods. Students will learn in large and small multidisciplinary groups and will be supported and encouraged to participate in independent learning.
A variety of assessment methods are used to assess the course learning outcomes. The choice of assessment method will be influenced by the focus and learning outcomes of the modules. Assessment strategies include coursework, examinations, reports, seminar presentations, skills schedules and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs).
The programme is taught using a variety of learning techniques. These vary depending upon the modules and will include:
The time you spend in each of these activites will vary. You will be allocated one hour’s learning activity per academic credit. This time will include assessment preparation time.
Core multidisciplinary modules
Core discipline specific modules
You may choose two 15 credit elective modules to study.
This Advanced Practice (Midwifery) MSc allows practitioners flexibility in developing specialist skills and knowledge at a highly demanding academic and practical level. The course will prepare students for a range of roles including midwife consultant, academia and clinical leadership.
Previous alumni have entered into midwifery leadership posts, education and research following their completion of this programme