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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
A part time, modular postgraduate course for qualified pharmacists working in community, primary care or general practice who wish to develop excellent clinical knowledge and consultation skills. This programme of study can incorporate pharmacist independent prescribing.
Pharmacists are increasingly recognised as core providers of services relating to medicines use, disease management and health promotion. Our part-time postgraduate Pharmacy Practice programme, designed specifically for qualified pharmacists working in community, primary care or general practice, will provide students with excellent clinical knowledge and consultation skills.
On completion of the course, students will be able to confidently deliver safe, efficient and effective patient care that meets the health needs of their local population. Students will also develop their knowledge and understanding of health beliefs and adherence, public health policy and strategic service development. They will be supported to engage effectively with commissioning groups, develop partnerships with GPs and implement successful pharmacy services that respond to the needs of patients and commissioners.
The course is modular, allowing students to undertake modules according to personal interests, CPD requirements or service development needs. In combination, completion of modules leads to the award of an academic qualification. Most students continue to work full time in addition to attending the course.
Taught classes are held on alternate Wednesdays at the Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo campus. Two modules are delivered each semester over five days. A further two days are allocated for face-to-face module assessments.
Modules are offered on a two-yearly cycle. The order in which the modules are undertaken therefore depends on the point of entry into the programme. Contact the course leader if you require specific information about a module.
Modules are taught by expert academic staff and experienced clinical practitioners who are leaders in their field within both primary and secondary care. A variety of teaching methods are used including:
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Each 15 credit module represents 150 hours of student endeavour typically comprising of:
Assessments are congruent with the roles of pharmacists in practice and are designed to evaluate the practitioner’s professional competencies relating to patient consultation, clinical decision making and pharmaceutical expertise. A variety of assessment methods are utilised:
A portfolio of evidence must be submitted at the end of each semester to demonstrate learning, reflection and the application of skills and knowledge in practice.
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.
The 60 credit Independent Prescribing module (accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council) can be taken as part of the Diploma or MSc programmes. Additional entry criteria apply. Full details are available here.
Please note that you cannot take the Independent Prescribing module while you are undertaking other Pharmacy Practice modules.
On completion of this programme pharmacists will be equipped to deliver pharmacy services in the community to a high standard, in line with the demands of the changing NHS. Students may also be able to move into the provision of pharmaceutical and prescribing advice in primary care.
The MSc Clinical Pharmacy Service Development course is a two year course with a focus on developing the knowledge and skills required for the development, implementation and evaluation of clinical pharmacy services.
By combining both academic, theoretical learning with a professional practice placement, the course will allow you to develop the skills appropriate for a clinical pharmacy practitioner.
Distinctive features of the course include:
Simulated scenarios in RGU’s Clinical Skills Centre and access to the Volunteer Patient Programme prepares you for the professional practice placement.
This enables you to integrate knowledge and skills learned in class, with core skills such as patient care and communication skills, providing a transition between the academic and practice environments.
For further information on how to apply for this course:
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