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Develop excellence in your practice with Bath's multiprofessional Advanced CPD courses. Read more
Develop excellence in your practice with Bath's multiprofessional Advanced CPD courses. Choose a postgraduate CPD course relevant to your area of work or combine a range courses and your specialist research area for the MSc in Advanced & Specialist Healthcare Practice supporting the development for senior roles in health, including the Consultant Pharmacist pathway and Pharmacists with Special Interest accreditation.

Experienced pharmacists, doctors, nurses and health professionals benefit from complete flexibility. Each course uses a blend of flexible peer, action and work-based learning, supported by web-based resources and online discussion events to develop your area of expertise. Occasional face-to-face professional conferences help develop and nurture your new knowledge and skills, engage with ideas and concepts at the forefront of service delivery and network with other professionals.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/pharmacy-advanced-practice/

Courses include

• Advanced clinical practice
• Managing in health
• Supporting education, training and development
• Research design and methods for practice
• Advanced professional development
• Plus a choice of more than ten 6-credit courses including key therapeutic areas as well as Minor Ailments, Mental Health, Public Health, Pharmacist Prescribing and Medicines Management.

What you can achieve

• Identify and lead innovation and service development relevant to your area of practice, and evaluate the impacts
• Review and manage complexity in your clinical and practice setting
• Foster and develop high level leadership skills and effective inter-professional communication and working
• Critically assess evidence and use appropriately to inform your decision making process
• Evaluate, challenge and manage change in your clinical or practice setting
• Develop and support others to work effectively and pragmatically and analyse the impacts of development
• Design and conduct audit and research in practice and effectively commission and make sense of that research
• Create and support learning activities for a practice-based environment

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) criteria may apply to those applicants who have previous learning experience and academic credits. Previous experiential learning may also be considered.

Programme features

- Support to identify and lead innovation and service development relevant to your area of practice
- Minimal time away from work
- Excellent support and professional networks
- A user-friendly virtual learning environment with online resources, discussion and professional conferences
- Choose individual award-bearing CPD courses or build credits toward an MSc in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Practice
- Accreditation of prior learning, certified or experiential, which can count towards the MSc

The courses in Advanced Clinical Practice are ‘open’, meaning that you work with a University tutor to identify an area of advanced clinical practice in which to undertake significant practice development work. A work-based coach, normally a clinical specialist from the NHS may be appointed as a second reader and ‘coach’ to comment critically on the clinical accuracy and relevance of your work.

Pathways and duration

- CPD specialist course (3-9 months depending on number of credits)
- Certificate / Diploma / MSc in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Practice (up to 10 years to convert credits)

Our research

Research in our Department is centred around a number of focused areas or themes. To find out more, please see our:
- Departmental research webpages (http://www.bath.ac.uk/pharmacy/research/)

Our research staff and students are also involved in a number of formal Research Centres and networks:

Bath Inflammation/Rheumatology Research Network (BIRD)
Cancer Research at Bath ([email protected])
Centre for Extremophile Research
Centre for Mathematical Biology
Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM)
Inter-Departmental Infection and Immunity Network
Neuroscience Network at University of Bath (NNUB)
ReMedDes

Contact

; tel: +44 (0) 1225 386773; fax: +44 (0) 1225 386114
Taught Postgraduate Programme Administrator, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Bath BA2 7AY UK

Find out about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/pharmacy/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/index.html

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Healthcare professionals wishing to extend their understanding of issues relating to quality, information and safety are encouraged to apply for this specialised pathway. Read more
Healthcare professionals wishing to extend their understanding of issues relating to quality, information and safety are encouraged to apply for this specialised pathway. Teaching is delivered by specialists in their field and a student advisor supports students in selecting modules and in reviewing their personal development plan and career goals.

Degree information

Students explore various facets of healthcare quality with an emphasis on the role of information evidence, regulation and safe practice. They develop insights into the challenges of managing high-quality service delivery change, and confidence to tackle the complex job of improving patient care. Implicit in the selection of modules is the acquisition of skills and knowledge relevant to a student’s day-to-day professional life.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), and three optional modules (45 credits).

Core modules
-Healthcare Quality and Evidence Based Practice

Optional modules - choose three from the following:
-Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention, Control and Organisational Aspects
-Information Law and Governance
-Leadership and Professional Development
-Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Healthcare Associated Infection Control
-Litigation, Complaints and Concerns: Raising Clinical Standards
-Patient Safety and Clinical Risk
-Quality Improvement in Healthcare
-Research Methods in Healthcare

Teaching and learning
Some modules are taught by full distance learnnig. Other modules are delivered through blended learning, combining formal contact time with academic staff, research fellows and guest speakers, and interactive online study using the virtual learning environment. The amount and timing of campous attendance varies between modules - see module library for details. Assessment varies according to the modules selected but is primarily via coursework.

Careers

The programme offers practitioners a focused education and training, which chimes with the NHS's commitment to incorporate elements of clinical governance, quality assurance, health informatics, and change management into continuing professional development curricula for both clinicians and managers.

Employability
Increasingly employers are advertising posts with job titles which include the terms 'patient safety', 'risk', 'quality' and 'clinical governance'. This award is aimed at clinical professionals who have taken on a new role in their organisation with a remit for safety and quality or who are seeking to shift their career in this direction. The skills and knowledge acquired from this certificate will assist students in furthering their career in this expanding field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This new specialised Health and Medical Sciences pathway focuses on key topics relating to quality, information and safety, and equips students with the professional skills needed in modern healthcare settings.

The programme offers the opportunity to study at a time and place convenient to your own circumstances making it feasible to combine study and full-time work.

It provides access to a range of modules relating to quality, governance, information and safety, as well as opportunities to interact with a range of senior academics and professional experts drawn from across UCL and beyond.

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The General Pharmacy Practice PGDip is a Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) Foundation Programme that helps you as a newly qualified pharmacist to consolidate your knowledge and skills in a professional environment. Read more
The General Pharmacy Practice PGDip is a Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) Foundation Programme that helps you as a newly qualified pharmacist to consolidate your knowledge and skills in a professional environment.

It comprises a total of three work placements and teaches further academic background to clinical practice. The curriculum is developed through the work of the Joint Programmes Board (JPB), a collaboration of universities across London and the south-east.

The course qualifies you not only for the PGDip but also for an NHS Statement of Completion of General Pharmacist Training.

Course structure

The course is split into two stages: Foundation Stage 1 (which qualifies you for the PGCert) and Foundation Stage 2 (which qualifies you for the PGDip).

The educational aims of the curriculum are to develop general skills, knowledge, competencies and attitudes to ensure the highest professional performance and conduct. Practice activities are a required component of the course and all students will undertake these activities under the guidance of an accredited practice tutor.

Foundation Stage 1 (PGCert)

The first stage lasts approximately 18 months and consists of one module: Practitioner Development and Establishment of Professional and Clinical Practice. This is primarily completed in the workplace but also involves occasional study days.

You can defer stage 2 after the completion of stage 1 if you want some time out in between. You can restart at any time so long as you finish the degree within six years of registration.

Foundation Stage 2 (PGDip)

The second stage lasts approximately one year and is comprised of two modules, each in a defined area of practice. It prepares you for work as a band 7 pharmacist.

Careers and Employability

The course is a fundamental element of the practitioner development strategy for pharmacists' careers within the NHS. This strategy incorporates a competency-based career pathway from junior bands through to consultant pharmacists.

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This MSc course is for pharmacy graduates who want to gain experience of clinical pharmacy practice in the UK as well as a postgraduate qualification. Read more
This MSc course is for pharmacy graduates who want to gain experience of clinical pharmacy practice in the UK as well as a postgraduate qualification.

As a student on this course, you will study new developments in the areas of clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice and spend time in our clinical skills laboratory.

Workshops make extensive use of patient simulation technology known as SimMan 3G, which allows for realistic and challenging scenario-based learning to help with the development of critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills.

You will also have the chance to undertake a placement in a clinical setting to maximise your practical experience and interact with other healthcare professionals and patients.

Extended masters:

The Extended Masters (EMA) gives international applicants the opportunity to take an intensive English language course before starting their degree. Successful completion of the EMA allows you to progress automatically to the MSc.

Course structure

This is a 12-month, full-time course with a combination of seven modules run over two semesters, one independent study module and six university-based modules.

The independent study module is supported by specifically written module materials and staff-led tutorial sessions. The remaining six modules involve a mixture of lectures, skills-based workshops and research-based activity.

You will need to complete a research project and will have a supervisor to support you.

Syllabus

Modules:

Applied Therapeutics
Research Methods
Current Research in Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Clinical Pharmacy Project
Pharmaceutical Skills
Health Promotion for Pharmacists

Options:

Specialised Clinical Practice
Advanced Diabetes Therapies
Pharmaceutical Care of Surgical Patients
Global Perspectives on Health and Medicines

• Applied Therapeutics is a distance-learning module supported by a workbook, tutorials and a clinical placement, giving you an in-depth understanding of the therapeutic process by examining the major diseases that affect the population. It uses evidence-based practice to assist in rational drug therapy, taking patient factors and economic considerations into account.

• Pharmaceutical Skills is a year-long module that gives you the necessary skills to practise pharmacy. These skills include those in communication, record keeping, numeracy, teamwork, literature searching and evaluating, dispensing, and diagnostic and patient management.

• The Special Topic varies according to your interests. Example topics include diabetes, oxidative stress, human disease and the pharmaceutical care of surgical patients.

• The Project module is the largest of the course. It mainly involves independent study, requiring you to collect and analyse your own data and report on your findings, but you will also have a project supervisor who will support and guide you throughout the academic year.

The types of project vary and some may require ethical approval before they begin. Examples of projects that the course leader has supervised include:

• Comparison of the CHADS₂ and HAS-BLED scoring tools to evaluate the current prescribing practice of anticoagulation therapy in atrial fibrillation patients
• Prescribing practice of the selective aldosterone antagonist, eplerenone
• Assessment and management of cardiovascular disease in HIV patients
• Service evaluation to determine whether patients attending cardiac rehabilitation have had their cardio-protective medication up-titrated since discharge
• The use of vancomycin infusion in cardiothoracic patients
• Treatment of hyperglycaemia in acute coronary syndrome patients

SimMan 3G

All Clinical Pharmacy students have access to our SimMan 3G, a highly advanced patient simulator that allows you to monitor vital signs, detect numerous signs of disease and assess clinical response to drug treatment in real time.

The simulator can be programmed to exhibit the symptoms of specific medical conditions, so you can apply your theoretical knowledge to a variety of practical scenarios. This will help you to be more confident when faced with similar real-life situations.

Careers and Employability

You will graduate with enhanced career opportunities and a deeper understanding of research methodology, which may be appropriate for further study of a PhD. The course is beneficial to students who have had a career break and want to get back into the workplace, or who want a career change to a role more focused in clinical pharmacy.

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This Continuing Professional Development course helps pre-registration pharmacists make the most of the pre-registration year and prepare for the registration exam. Read more
This Continuing Professional Development course helps pre-registration pharmacists make the most of the pre-registration year and prepare for the registration exam.

Course overview

Are you planning to take a pre-registration training year before taking the General Pharmaceutical Council’s registration exam? This 10-session course will support you with specialist training and provide opportunities to network with fellow pre-registration pharmacists.

We fully understand the pressures of the pre-registration year and this course will help you develop your full potential by focusing on key elements of the pre-registration syllabus. We will support your professional development through monthly sessions on topics such as pharmacy law, communication skills, calculation practice, business management and emergency first aid.

We will also prepare you for your registration assessment with the General Pharmaceutical Council. Our Programme Leader has a long history as a pre-registration tutor and our academic staff have backgrounds in both hospital and community pharmacy. Our teaching is supplemented by external speakers who focus on up-to-date clinical issues.

The contact time for this course is one day per month at the University of Sunderland, for a total of 10 sessions. The course does not earn you credits, but it will help prepare you for the exam that will result in your registration as a pharmacist.

Course content

Topics on this course include:
-Over-the-counter Medicine Sales
-Clinical revision of British National Formulary Chapters
-Audit
-Communication Skills
-Calculations
-Law and Ethics
-First Aid Course
-Diabetes Testing
-Drug Tariff: Prescription Pricing
-Business Management

Facilities & location

This course is based in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which boasts multi-disciplinary laboratories and cutting-edge equipment thanks to multi-million pound investments.

The University has a purpose-built model pharmacy complete with consultation suite and optional video recording of your interaction with patients. In addition, we can accurately simulate hospital-based scenarios in a fully equipped ward environment.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on pharmaceutical and biomedical science, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

Learning Environment
Sunderland Pharmacy School has a rich heritage in scientific studies and our expertise is extremely well respected in the industry. We are fully plugged into relevant medical and pharmaceutical industry bodies, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people. Our vibrant learning environment helps ensure a steady stream of well-trained pharmacists whose most important concern is patient-centred pharmaceutical care.

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The MSc Applied Sports Performance Analysis course is aimed at individuals who wish to gain or develop skills to monitor and record sporting performances as well as liaise with coaches and athletes in the training and competition environments to improve their performance. Read more
The MSc Applied Sports Performance Analysis course is aimed at individuals who wish to gain or develop skills to monitor and record sporting performances as well as liaise with coaches and athletes in the training and competition environments to improve their performance.

Individuals with skills in analysis and evaluation of sporting performance are in high demand in order to maximise athlete potential and to minimise risk of injury. The main driver for this is an increased number of people engaging in performance sporting activities and increased media coverage of sport, along with a greater range of technology available to support athletes and coaches.

This course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to collect, analyse and effectively present data relating to a range of different sports performance parameters.

Visit the website: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/laboratory-biomedical-and-sports-sciences/study-options/postgraduate/applied-sports-performance-analysis/

Modules

• HSM162 - Feedback-based Analysis of Sports Performance
• HSM163 - Principles of Biomechanics and Instrumentation
• HSM164 - Analysis of Sports Technique
• HSM165 - Athlete Monitoring And Analysis
• HSM166 - Sports Performance Analysis Placement
• HSM170 - Research Project

Please note that some of the above modules are subject to validation.

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You will be taught in a variety of ways including lectures, interactive workshops and tutorials, practical classes and individual projects.

Placements and accreditation

Placements with professional sports clubs and organisations are one of the key options within the course. Our placement providers include Aberdeen Football Club, ALTIS Aberdeen Athletics, basketballscotland and Cricket Scotland.

Careers

This course provides a route to employment as a Performance Analyst or Sports Scientist with high-level sports clubs and organisations. Here are some comments from placement providers:

“Elite football teams are constantly looking for any competitive edge they can make, which will improve performance on the field. Due to this there has been a steady increase in job opportunities for performance analysts. It is critical that graduates understand evidence based interventions and methods whilst also gaining practical skills which allow them to interact effectively with coaches and players. The MSc Applied Sports Performance Analysis course at the Robert Gordon University balances the theoretical knowledge but also gives the practical skills needed to succeed in a very competitive and rewarding environment.”
Greig Thomson, Head Performance Analyst, Aberdeen Football Club

“Performance Analysis is crucial to remain ahead in high performance sport. Getting essential data to both coaching staff and players at the key time is a major asset in performance sport. At basketballscotland, our sport demands real-time team and player analysis, in addition to background data on opponents strengths and weaknesses. We would welcome individuals with the skills, knowledge and ability to convey this essential information in to our performance programme.”
Barry Lang, Head of Basketball, basketballscotland

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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This course is taught by a range of experts in clinical examination skills, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics in buildings with state-of-the art clinical skills suites. Read more

Why take this course?

This course is taught by a range of experts in clinical examination skills, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics in buildings with state-of-the art clinical skills suites. It provides an opportunity to consolidate your therapeutics skills, gain skills in clinical examination and consultation and benefit from structured patient experience in a supervised practice setting.

What opportunities might it lead to?

On this course you will:

Learn from experts in the subject from the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and School of Health Sciences and Social Work.
Gain hands-on experience in clinical examination and history taking, including opportunities to experience clinical simulation in our dedicated clinical skills suites.
Be supported throughout the development of your portfolio of evidence of competencies.

Module Details

All students on this course will be pharmacists with at least two years post-registration experience. The course further develops your existing knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical pharmacology, therapeutics, consultation skills, physical assessment and the legal and professional aspects of prescribing roles.

Core units in the course include:

Pharmacology and therapeutics for prescribers
Clinical skills for prescribers
Professional aspects of prescribing

Programme Assessment

This course provides an excellent blended learning opportunity with delivery through interactive live and online learning, seminars and workshops. In addition, there is a 90 hour period of learning in practice, which is supervised by a Designated Medical Practitioner.

You will be assessed in ways that align with the practical nature of the course:

Essays
Presentations
Applied Health Assessments (observation in practice)
Observed Structured Clinical Examinations
Portfolio of competencies and reflective accounts

Student Destinations

Roles our participants from similar courses have taken include independent prescribers for an area of existing clinical experience, such as:

Mental Health
Rheumatology
Minor Ailments
Pain management
Nutrition
Travel Medicine
Critical Care
Cardiology
Renal disease
HIV medicine

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