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
Year 1 and Year 2:
PG Diploma General Pharmacy Practice P12589
Year 2 and Year 3:
MSc General Pharmacy Practice P13371
Year 1 and Year 2:
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.