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Pharmacists can now choose between two routes. - Non-Medical Prescribing multi-professional course for pharmacists in the South West region seeking HESW funded places. Read more
Pharmacists can now choose between two routes:

- Non-Medical Prescribing multi-professional course for pharmacists in the South West region seeking HESW funded places
- The University of Bath uni-professional Pharmacist Prescribing Programme for self-funding and organisationally-funded applicants

To find out more about HESW-funded, self-funded and organisationally-funded places, go to the Funding page.

The Pharmacist Prescribing Programme is designed to help you achieve annotation as an Independent Prescriber. Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (http://www.pharmacyregulation.org/), the programme is relevant if you are working in a hospital based role, running clinics or providing a specialist service within your CCG. Bath's retention and pass rates for this programme are exceptional. This has been achieved through the dedication of our learners, supported by relevant, up-to-date materials, outstanding support and excellent face-to-face workshops. We focus on the application of knowledge and clinical skills to your professional setting.

Programme features

- Study at your own pace with minimal time away from work
- Excellent support and learner networks with a user-friendly virtual learning environment
- Increased professional expertise and status with enhanced career prospects
- Complete programme to attain the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing
- Gain postgraduate credits that can be used towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc in Prescribing and Therapeutics or Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Practice

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/phar-pres-prog/

Pathways

- Prescribing & Therapeutics
- Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Practice

The Pharmacist Prescribing Programme is a single unit programme of 18 credits running over eight months. It contains three discrete parts:

- Prescribing in Context
- Consultation Skills for Prescribing
- Prescribing Effectively

Further information

See the postgraduate programme brochure for more information (http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/phar-pres-prog/pharmacist-prescribing-course.pdf). Programme descriptions can be found in the University’s online programme catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/other.html).

Funding

- Pharmacists in the South West region seeking HESW funded places
In response to specific commissioning requirements from HESW, we have been working in partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE) to develop a new interprofessional Non-Medical Prescribing Programme for a range of the non-medical professions eligible to train as prescribers (including pharmacists, nurses and the allied health profession registrants of the Health and Care Professions Council). This partnership between the University of Bath and UWE is called the South West Non-Medical Prescribing Alliance (http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatcanistudy/professionaldevelopment/coursesbysector/health/non-medicalprescribing.aspx).

The first intake of the new interprofessional Non-Medical Prescribing Programme will be in September 2016. Students applying for HESW funded places on this Programme will enrol directly as UWE students.

To apply for a HESW funded place, candidates need to have provided details of their requirement for a place into the ‘demand forecast’ for HESW funded places. The demand forecast process is conducted by UWE. Normally information on the requirement for funded places should be collated and submitted into the demand forecast by the employing organisation, or the local CCG. However, if individuals are in doubt about how to do this (particularly those employed in the General Practice setting), they can contact Emily Haycock at UWE () for more information.

In order to be considered for a HESW funded place, there needs to be a confirmed workforce need from the training organisation (which must be a provider of NHS services/contracted to provide NHS services) for the candidate to become an independent prescriber.

There are additional entry requirements set out by the General Pharmaceutical Council that applicants must meet in order to be considered for a place on the Programme; these can be found in the application documentation. Once candidates have registered their interest for a HESW funded place on the interprofessional Non-Medical Prescribing Programme, UWE will provide them with more information on the application process directly.

- The University of Bath uni-professional Pharmacist Prescribing Programme for self-funding and organisationally-funded applicants

The University of Bath will continue to offer the Pharmacist Prescribing Programme, with workshops held at the University of Bath campus, in order to cater for self-funding candidates and organisationally-funded pharmacists outside of the HESW region (including those who wish to complete an independent prescribing course as part of the University of Bath Postgraduate Diploma).

Candidates for the Pharmacist Prescribing Programme should contact Di Pullin () to register their interest. For full details on how to apply visit http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/phar-pres-prog/.

The next intake of the Pharmacist Prescribing Programme at the University of Bath is planned for September 2016. The deadline for applications is 15 July 2016.

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

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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This module will prepare you to achieve the relevant learning outcomes required by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to be eligible to apply for annotation as a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber. Read more

This module will prepare you to achieve the relevant learning outcomes required by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to be eligible to apply for annotation as a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber.

The module is structured around GPhC standards and the Competency Framework for all Prescribers. These support Pharmacist Prescribers to deliver safe and effective care. The skills and knowledge you will gain will enable you to make a difference to patients’ lives and play an important role in the future of pharmacist independent prescribing.

What You Will Study

Teaching covers the learning outcomes required by the General Pharmaceutical Council. The subject matter is delivered at Master’s Level (SCQF Level 11) and covers therapeutics, pharmaceutical care planning, clinical skills, consultation skills and public health.

More information on the GPhC learning outcomes

THERAPEUTIC TOPICS

  • Cardiovascular (Hypertension, Heart Failure, IHD, Dyslipidaemia)
  • Endocrinology (Thyroid Dysfunction, Diabetes Mellitus)
  • Respiratory (Asthma, COPD)
  • Musculoskeletal (Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Pain)
  • Gastrointestinal (Peptic Ulcer Disease, GORD, IBD)
  • Neurology (Alzheimer’s Disease, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s)
  • Oncology (General Aspects, Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Lung Cancer)
  • Psychiatry (Affective Disorders, Anxiety and Sleep, Schizophrenia)

MODULES

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

DELIVERY

The module comprises three elements: online learning, a period of teaching and training on-campus and a period of learning in practice.

The module is delivered almost entirely by distance-learning using a range of web-based learning materials. There is a mandatory one week on-campus period at the university when you will study elements of the module which are more effectively taught and assessed face-to-face such as communication and history-taking, consultation skills and the development and synthesis of treatment plans for individual patients. During the residential week there are also highly relevant presentations from a number of external experts.

The residential week for the January intake is at the start of May; the September intake has its residential week in January.

Teaching & Assessment

Presentation of module materials is based on the principles of adult learning theory which stress the importance of involving the learner at all stages of the learning process. This is fully compatible with the philosophy of continuing professional development (CPD), encouraging you to:

  • reflect and define your own learning needs
  • plan to meet these needs
  • implement this learning plan
  • evaluate the outcomes of your learning

The January intake is a stand-alone Pharmacist Independent Prescribing module open to all. The September intake is available via two routes:

  1. Scottish Pharmacists funded by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) may study the stand-alone course.
  2. The module is also available to Pharmacists on the Clinical Pharmacy Practice and Advanced Pharmacy Practice as an elective module in the Diploma stage.

Activity Summary

  • Lectures - up to 84 students per group, 15 hours in residential week
  • Seminars - up to 84 students per group, 8 hours in residential week
  • Tutorial - up to 28 students per group, 8 hours in residential week
  • Practical class or workshop - up to 28 students per group, 6 hours in residential week
  • Independent Study - varies but approximately 180 hours over duration of module
  • Placement / Work Based Learning - minimum of 90 hours learning in practice, throughout the module

Independent Study

There are a number of assignments and preparatory tasks that must be completed prior to and after the residential week. You must also complete at least 90 hours learning in practice. Workloads and other commitments will vary making it impossible to specify the actual number of hours per week.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 set exercise
  • 1 practical skills assessment

Academic Support

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Disability & Dyslexia Centre ->

Staff Delivering on This Course

Staff delivering this module are practiced pharmacist academics and practitioners with active links to national and international pharmacy bodies including the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Faculty, the General Pharmaceutical Council, the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association and the Chamber of Pharmacists of Austria and Germany External experts also contribute to the one week residential period where we cover aspects of the module which are better delivered face-to-face.

The Module Coordinator is your central point for information and support. You will be supported by university staff including e-tutors and some practising clinical pharmacy practitioners, who review learning materials, provide real-life case scenarios and participate in the marking of some practice related assessments. E-tutors facilitate discussion and learning within the module and bring a unique practice-related perspective to learning.

Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Study Skills Support ->



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This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and has been designed to enhance your practice as a pharmacist and the delivery of care to your patients by enabling you to manage fully patients’ medication as an independent prescriber. Read more
This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and has been designed to enhance your practice as a pharmacist and the delivery of care to your patients by enabling you to manage fully patients’ medication as an independent prescriber.

Course Outline

This course comprises of one Level 7, 60-credit module that has been developed in accordance with the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) requirements, and is approved by Health Education West Midlands.

This generic course has been designed to expand students’ existing knowledge and develop prescribing skills to support effective clinical care of patients in a patient-facing prescribing role. This course is suitable for all clinical specialties.

The aim of this course is to enable students to:
-Understand the role and responsibilities of an independent prescriber
-Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively
-Use diagnostic aids relevant to the conditions for which the pharmacist intends to prescribe, including monitoring response to therapy
-Develop effective communication skills and relationships with patients, carers, other prescribers and members of the healthcare team
-Describe the pathophysiology of the condition being treated, and recognise the signs and symptoms of illness
-Take an accurate medical history and carry out relevant clinical assessments
-Utilise knowledge and skills in a critical and systematic manner

When achieved, students will be able to:
-Identify and evaluate presenting complaints of patients
-Respond to varied clinical situations, multiple pathologies or complex medical needs, guided by consultation and diagnostic methods designed to establish reliable identification of clinical presentations and therapeutic options

Learning, Teaching & Assesment

The contents of this blended learning course are directed by the GPhC guidance titled: "Pharmacist independent prescribing programme - learning outcomes and indicative content". The course follows the consultation process, leading to appropriate prescribing and related patient monitoring.

Learning and teaching methods include:
-Face-to-face and hands-on learning and teaching
-Directed and student-managed learning
-Experiential learning

The course includes the development of:
-A portfolio of in-practice learning, including reflective evidence of competence for prescribing
-Clinical Management Plans
-Clinical case presentations

Methods of assessment include:
-OSCEs (x5)
-Portfolio of experiential learning, including Clinical Management Plans
-1 oral presentation based on one of two written cases relevant to the student’s area of competency
Written exam (2 hours)

Career Opportunities

Successful candidates will qualify to apply for an annotation on the GPhC register as an Independent Prescriber

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The course is aimed at experienced pharmacy practitioners in primary, intermediate or secondary care. You learn how to demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge to prescribe safely and effectively in your area of practice. Read more
The course is aimed at experienced pharmacy practitioners in primary, intermediate or secondary care.

You learn how to demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge to prescribe safely and effectively in your area of practice. Throughout the course you gain skills and confidence. You improve your experience in the physical assessment of patients and the course allows you to demonstrate an effective use of diagnostic aids to support your diagnosis in your area of practice.
You demonstrate your knowledge of medical conditions that impact your prescribing practice area, including an understanding of the pathophysiology of disease and the ability to recognise signs and symptoms, as well as monitor response to treatment and review working diagnoses.

As an independent prescriber you gain a clear understanding of your roles and responsibilities on this course. You work in your own area of competence while building you understanding of onward referal pathways.

You learn how to demonstrate clinical skills including history taking, consultation and physical assessment and the course also places a lot of emphasis on the importance of clinical governance, good record keeping and audits.

You gain skills in communicating effectively with patients, carers and in your multi-disciplinary team.

As the course links you with other allied health professionals taking a non medical prescribing course you also benefit from interprofessional learning. There are opportunities to meet other students during your on campus learning or via online discussion forums provided by out virtual learning environment.

On completing the module you will have developed your skills as an individual by extending your scope practice to include effective prescribing.The programme will advance your clinical practice and enhance career opportunities.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pharmacist-independent-prescribing

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Course structure

Combines on campus and distance learning. Start date - September and February.
Block teaching - 8 days.
Distance learning - equivalent to 18 days.

Modules
-This course is a stand alone module.

Assessment: exam, reflective portfolio.

Other admission requirements

You will have identified a designated medical practitioner (DMP) who will have agreed to provided supervision, support and shadowing opportunities for you and be familiar with GPhC requirements of the programme and the learning objectives. You will demonstrate on application how you reflect on your personal performance and take responsibility for your CPD. This will be assessed by your employer (clinical manager and organisational non medical prescribing lead) as part of the application process. Your employer will ensure you have a current ( within the last 3 years) DBS check which is included as part of the application process.
As the module includes distance learning you will have IT ability and access to both computer and internet. The module is not available to pharmacists outside of the UK.

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Develop your personal and professional practice in an innovative and flexible teaching style. This part-time Clinical Pharmacy course allows patient-facing pharmacists in all sectors to build upon current knowledge and experience and extend their professional development. Read more
Develop your personal and professional practice in an innovative and flexible teaching style.

Course overview

This part-time Clinical Pharmacy course allows patient-facing pharmacists in all sectors to build upon current knowledge and experience and extend their professional development.

Gain core skills and knowledge required to become a highly competent pharmacist, and benefit from research-based teaching and learning strategies.

This is the only part-time MSc Clinical Pharmacy course in the North East of England. It runs on a distance learning basis and allows you to combine study with work and family commitments. Access all learning materials through the University VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) and attend two weekend conference-style events in December and June of the course. Learn from key and expert speakers within their respective fields and participate in workshop-based sessions.

The University of Sunderland has an excellent reputation in pharmacy. The Sunderland Pharmacy School is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council, and our research in pharmacy has been classed as ‘world leading’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework.

Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Course content

The content of this Clinical Pharmacy course has been developed by healthcare professionals and academics to reflect the most relevant areas to a pharmacist’s practice.

Modules on this course include:
Year 1
-Clinical Decision Making and Stages of Care (20 Credits)
-Patient Safety (20 Credits)

Year 1 or 2
-The Acute Patient (20 Credits)
-The Chronic Patient (20 Credits)
-Clinical Skills 1 (10 Credits)
-Evidence-based Medicine (10 Credits)
-Clinical Investigation and Diagnostics (10 Credits)
-Healthcare Systems and Service Provisions (10 Credits)
-Personalised Healthcare (10 Credits)
-Population Healthcare (10 Credits)
-Social Pharmacy and Primary Care (10 Credits)

Year 2
-Clinical Skills 2 (10 Credits)
-Independent Prescribing (45 credits)
-Clinical Audit (15 credits)

Year 3
-Independent Prescribing (45 credits)
-MSc Research Module (15 credits)
-Research Methods (30 Credits)
-Research Project (30 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods include online lectures, expert interviews, directed reading, case-based scenarios, research, tutorials and online tutor support. The conferences will involve master classes delivered by experts in their field, supported by workshop based sessions.

Assessment on the course includes:
-Examinations (written and OSCE-style)
-Work-based portfolio mapped to competencies outlined in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Foundation Pharmacy Framework (you will require a mentor* in practice to facilitate this)
-Case-based coursework tasks

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.

Facilities & location

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

Simulation technology
Each of our £57,000 SimMan mannequins has blood pressure, a pulse and other realistic physiological behaviour. The models can be pre-programmed with various medical scenarios, so you can demonstrate your pharmacological expertise in a realistic yet safe setting. Our academic team is also actively working with the SimMan manufacturers to develop new pharmacy simulations.

Pharmacy Practice
One of the most important skills of pharmacists is to communicate their expertise in a manner that the public can understand and accept. The University has invested in a purpose-built model pharmacy complete with consultation suite. This allows you to develop skills in helping patients take the correct medicine in the right way, with optional video recording of your interaction with patients for the purposes of analysis and improvement. In addition, we can accurately simulate hospital-based scenarios in a fully equipped ward environment where medical, nursing and pharmacy students can share learning.

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. Some of the most important sources for your studies include:
Embase, which is a complex database covering drug research, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, clinical and experimental human medicine, health policy and management, public health, occupational health, environmental health, drug dependence and abuse, psychiatry, forensic medicine and biomedical engineering/instrumentation
PsycINF, which includes information about the psychological aspects of medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, pharmacology and physiology
PubMed, which contains life science journals, online books and abstracts that cover fields such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine and health care
Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier
Web of Science, which covers a broad range of science areas

Learning Environment
Sunderland Pharmacy School has a rich heritage in scientific studies and our degree courses are 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.

Employment & careers

Postgraduate qualifications in clinical pharmacy will help you take on additional responsibility. We encourage you to plan your future contributions to your employer and how your career will progress.

On completing this course you will be equipped with the advanced skills and knowledge specifically needed for promotion in roles such as:
-Specialist clinical pharmacist
-Pharmacist with a special interest
-Senior clinical pharmacist

A promotion to a higher band of pay can quickly ensure a good return on your investment in the course. Within the NHS, salaries for specialist clinical pharmacist are rated as Band 7 (up to around £40,000).

A Masters in Clinical Pharmacy can also lead to teaching opportunities, research roles or further study.

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Sunderland is the only university in the north of England to offer an Overseas Pharmacist Assessment Programme (OSPAP) that is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council. Read more
Sunderland is the only university in the north of England to offer an Overseas Pharmacist Assessment Programme (OSPAP) that is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Course overview

Pharmaceutical Sciences for the Overseas Pharmacist Assessment Programme (OSPAP) is designed for those who are qualified pharmacists outside the European Economic Area and who are now looking to become registered pharmacists in the UK.

Our course is one of a small number of courses that are accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council. Their accreditation is based on quality reviews that ensure Sunderland is meeting the required standards.

Completing the OSPAP postgraduate diploma allows for entry to the next stages of registering as a pharmacist in the UK: firstly, 52 weeks of supervised training in employment; secondly, a registration assessment.

Once all these stages are successfully completed, and assuming you have the necessary visa and work permit, you would be in a position to apply for roles as a practising pharmacist in the UK. There is virtually no unemployment of registered pharmacists in the UK.

You can also apply to undertake a Masters research project in addition to your postgraduate diploma. Pharmacy is a particular area of strength at the University of Sunderland and our Department has been teaching the subject since 1921.

Course content

The content of this course reflects the accreditation requirements of the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Modules on the course include:
-Pharmacy, Law, Ethics and Practice (60 Credits)
-Clinical Therapeutics (60 Credits)
-Research Methods for Pharmaceutical Practice and Masters Research Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, debate sessions, online learning packages, tutorials and seminars.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment methods include end-of-year examinations, practical assessments as well as assignments throughout the year.

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.

Facilities for Pharmaceutics
We have pharmaceutical-related equipment for wet granulation, spray drying, capsule filling, tablet making, mixing inhalation, film coating and freeze drying.

As well as standard pharmacopoeial test methods, such as dissolution testing, friability and disintegration, we also offer highly sophisticated test methods. These include rheometry, thermal analysis (differential scanning calorimetry and hot stage microscopy), tests for powder flow, laser diffraction, photon correlation spectroscopy, image analysis and laser confocal microscopy.

Facilities for Medicinal Chemistry
Our state-of-the-art spectroscopic facility allows us to confirm the structures of new molecules that could be potential pharmaceutical products and to investigate the structures of potential medicinal substances that have been isolated from plants.

We are equipped with Liquid Chromatography-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Mass Spectroscopy (LCNMR/MS) platforms; this is an exceptional facility for a university. We also have low and high resolution mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance and elemental analysis equipment.

Our facilities allow you to gain hands-on experience of a wide range of analytical techniques such as atomic absorption spectroscopy and infra-red spectroscopy, which are of great importance in determining both ionic/metal content of pharmaceuticals and simple chemical structures.

You will also gain experience of revolutionary protein and DNA separation techniques, as well as Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Gas Chromatography for separating unknown chemical mixtures.

Facilities for Pharmacology
Our highly technical apparatus will give you first-hand experience of the principles of drug action and the effects of drugs on pharmacological and cellular models. As a result, you gain a better understanding of the effects of drugs on specific receptors located throughout the human body and related physiological effects.

Simulation technology
You’ll have the opportunity to apply your training in a realistic setting with our two advanced simulation technology ‘SimMan’ models.
Each of our £57,000 SimMan mannequins has blood pressure, a pulse and other realistic physiological behaviour. The models can be pre-programmed with various medical scenarios, so you can demonstrate your pharmacological expertise in a realistic yet safe setting. Our academic team is also actively working with the SimMan manufacturers to develop new pharmacy simulations.

Pharmacy Practice
One of the most important skills of pharmacists is to communicate their expertise in a manner that the public can understand and accept.

The University has invested in a purpose-built model pharmacy complete with consultation suite. This allows you to develop skills in helping patients take the correct medicine in the right way, with optional video recording of your interaction with patients for the purposes of analysis and improvement.

In addition, we can accurately simulate hospital-based scenarios in a fully equipped ward environment where medical, nursing and pharmacy students can share learning.

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.

Some of the most important sources for your studies include:
-Embase, which is a complex database covering drug research, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, clinical and experimental human medicine, health policy and management, public health, occupational health, environmental health, drug dependence and abuse, psychiatry, forensic medicine and biomedical engineering/instrumentation
-PubMed, which contains life science journals, online books and abstracts that cover fields such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine and health care
-Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier
-Web of Science, which covers a broad range of science areas

Learning Environment
Sunderland Pharmacy School has a rich heritage in scientific studies and our degree courses are 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.

Employment & careers

On completing this course you can register and practise in the UK as a qualified pharmacist. An entry-level pharmacist usually starts within Band 5 of the NHS pay rates (up to around £28,000). Advanced pharmacists, consultants, team managers and managers of pharmaceutical services are rated as Bands 8-9 and can earn up to £99,000. Currently there is virtually no unemployment of qualified pharmacists. Typical starting salaries for community pharmacists range from £21,000 to £35,000 depending on location, conditions of employment and experience.

Most pharmacists work in the following areas:
Community pharmacy: this involves working in pharmacies on high streets or in large stores. You will dispense prescriptions, deal with minor ailments, advise on the use of medicines and liaise with other health professionals.

Hospital pharmacy: this involves the purchasing, dispensing, quality testing and supply of medicines used in hospitals.

Primary care: this involves working in General Practice surgeries, either as an employee of the Practice or the Primary Care Trust. Roles include Medicines Management Pharmacists, who are responsible for prescribing budgets and the development of prescribing directives.

Secondary care: this involves working in hospitals to supply medicines, manage clinics, provide drug information and prescribe medicines.

Industrial pharmacists are involved in areas such as Research & Development, Quality Assurance and product registration.
Research degrees can be undertaken in many aspects of pharmacy. Sunderland Pharmacy School offers excellent facilities and a wide range of research expertise.

You can also work in areas of the pharmaceutical industry, medical writing and in education. By completing a Masters project in addition to your OSPAP postgraduate diploma it will enhance opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

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Year 1 of the MSc Pharmacy Practice develops the knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles that are required to practice as a clinical Pharmacist in a professional manner. Read more
Year 1 of the MSc Pharmacy Practice develops the knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles that are required to practice as a clinical Pharmacist in a professional manner.

Year 2 of the MSc Pharmacy Practice develops the Pharmacist's skills to pharmaceutically manage a variety of common long term and acute conditions.

Year 3 of the MSc Pharmacy Practice focuses on developing the research skills of the Pharmacist.

The course works on a philosophy of student centred workplace learning. The ethos and culture of the course is to enhance and develop self reliance and an adult approach to learning in support of continuing professional development.

It is anticipated that a pharmacist undertaking this MSc programme will normally take three years to complete. Students can exit at Year 1 with a Certificate in Pharmacy Practice or at Year 2 with a Diploma in Pharmacy Practice.

Why choose this course?

The primary aim of the MSc Pharmacy Practice is to equip pharmacist practitioners with the core skills and competencies they require to deliver safe and effective pharmaceutical care in their practice setting.

Professional Accreditations

The course has been developed in partnership with Joint Programmes Board (JPB) London, East and South East England.

Our facilities

Our school, at the University of Hertfordshire offers world-class teaching and learning facilities, including Europe's largest medical simulation laboratory.

Structure

Year 1
Core Modules
-Pharmaceutical Care (Work Based)
-Professional Development in the NHS (Work Based)

Year 2
Core Modules
-Applied Therapeutics 1-long term disease states (work based)
-Applied Therapeutics 2-short term/acute disease states (work based)

Year 3
Optional Modules
-Evidence Based Practice
-Health Disciplines Project
-Project (ACPP)

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This course is one of our three specialist pharmacy MSc courses (MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Drug Delivery, or Pharmacokinetics). Read more
This course is one of our three specialist pharmacy MSc courses (MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Drug Delivery, or Pharmacokinetics).

You’ll gain a thorough understanding and awareness of your chosen area of pharmacy, the research methods required to complete a final supervised research project and an overview of the drug discovery process.

These courses are primarily designed to prepare you for an academic or industrial career in the relevant area. You may be a scientist already working within the pharmaceutical industry or a recent science graduate.

You will undertake a variety of compulsory modules and a research project. This project will last approximately four months and you will work under the supervision of recognised experts in their field. The project allows you to undertake a detailed investigation and develop practical expertise in a specialist pharmaceutical sciences area. The University also has strong links with numerous pharmaceutical companies - there may be the opportunity to undertake your project in collaboration with one of these companies.

During this course, you will gain the skills and knowledge required as a pharmacist - the ability to provide effective pharmaceutical formulation strategies for current and future drug therapies and medicinal products.

What you will study

All students studying one of our three pharmacy MSc courses will take the following core modules:
-Research Methods 1: Professional Development
-Research Methods 2: Communication Skill
-Research Project
-Drug Discovery

Depending upon the course you chose, you will also undertake the following modules:
-Chemotherapy & Selective Toxicity
-Drug Dosage Form & Design
-Principles of Product Analysis and Validation
-Pharmacology

Learning, teaching & assessment

Ranked in the UK's top 10 in the 2017 Complete University Guide, Aston Pharmacy excellent links with the profession. In addition, our research profile ensures relevant, expertise-led teaching for the students who enrol onto our courses each year. We have a long history of proving sector-leading courses - did you know that Aston Pharmacy School can trace its roots back to 1841?

You will learn in lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Some modules may also use computer modelling and simulation sessions.

Our courses are assessed by a mixture of coursework, examinations, practical work and oral and written presentations. The research project module will be assessed on the basis of a submitted project report and an oral defence of a poster.

Your future career prospects

Graduates from our MSc programmes have taken up careers within the Pharmaceutical Industry in various disciplines such as analytical sciences, formulation development and project management. Our programmes provide the wider context and practical laboratory experience for pursuing careers in regulatory affairs, scientific writing and further studies.

Recent graduates have entered roles such as:
-Assistant Lecturer, University of Sulaimaniyah
-Associate Product Manager, AstraZeneca
-Business Development Manager, Crete Designs Limited
-Clinical Technician / Worker, Bridgewater Hospital
-Compound Technician, Sterling Pharmaceuticals
-Drug Designer, Unspecified Drug Company
-Drug Safety Specialist, PPD
-Drug Store Manager, Qaiwan group company
-Inhalation R & D Analyst, Aesica Pharmaceuticals Ltd (R5)
-Lecturer, University of Lagos, Nigeria
-Locum Pharmacist, various
-Molecular Modeller / Community Pharmacist, Verax Care Pharmacy
-OSD Technologist, GSK
-Pharma Benefit Associate, UnitedHealth Group
-Pharmacist, Government of India
-Pharmacist, Kerbala University
-Pharmacologist, Unspecified
-PhD Research Scholar, NIRMA University
-Recruitment Consultant, SRG
-Regulatory affairs trainee, PharmaLeaf India Pvt Ltd
-Research assistant, University of Leeds
-Research Scientist, Pluss Polymers
-Research Scientist, Wintean
-Researcher, Sunny Pharmtech Inc.
-Sales Relationship Coordinator, Wesley Assurance Society
-Science Teacher, Perry Beeches School
-Senior Regulatory officer, Roche Pharmaceuticals

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Our post-graduate Pharmacy Practice course is part-time, flexible and competency-based. The independent prescribing course is a GPhC accredited course for qualified pharmacists wanting to prescribe autonomously for conditions within their clinical competence. . Read more

Our post-graduate Pharmacy Practice course is part-time, flexible and competency-based. The independent prescribing course is a GPhC accredited course for qualified pharmacists wanting to prescribe autonomously for conditions within their clinical competence. 

Key Benefits

  • We are ranked 7th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017)
  • Experienced clinicians including independent pharmacist and nurse prescribers and experienced academic staff lead our teaching. 
  • The course combines multi-professional university-based study days with, flexible e-learning with work-based education.
  • This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • Course content and assessments will reflect the most up-to-date practice which will support you as a newly qualified pharmacist prescriber in your workplace.
  • We are part of King’s Heath Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), a pioneering collaboration between us, Guy's, St Thomas' and King's College Hospitals and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

Description

This course aims to deliver competent pharmacist prescribers who can provide an independent and supplementary prescribing service which is safe and effective and takes into account the needs of patients, the professions and the relevant health organisations. 

We will:

  • Meet the requirements of the GPhC indicative syllabus for pharmacist independent prescribing 
  • Support experienced practitioners to review and reflect on their current practice, to enable them to determine what skills, knowledge and attitudes they personally need to develop in order to become independent prescribers
  • Enable practitioners to evolve an expertise in the art and science of prescribing

This integrated multi-professional course will enable healthcare professionals to take on the role of an independent and/or supplementary prescriber. Pharmacists and nurses are taught together to facilitate multidisciplinary working. The GPhC and the NMC publish an indicative syllabus and learning outcomes which informs the curriculum.

The indicative syllabus does not include teaching on specific clinical topics. Therefore if you wish to gain the clinical skills required prior to undertaking the prescribing qualification please apply for the MSc /diploma in Pharmacy Practice 

The professional bodies require that the course provide 26 days teaching and learning and a minimum of 12 (x 7.5 h) days in practice spent with a designated medical practitioner.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

The seminars and physical assessment skills training have a different theme each week which is supported by online learning material to provide students with the underpinning knowledge base. 

This is a 60 credit module, accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council, representing 600 hrs of student endeavour comprising:

  • 26 days of teaching, including 12 study days involving attendance at either Waterloo or Guy’s campus, and flexible e-learning materials
  • 90 hrs of supervised practice within the clinical environment of the student
  • personal study and preparation for assessments including a reflective portfolio of practice
  • On-line support sessions to address student questions relating to portfolio development and physical assessments.

Typically, one credit equates to ten hours of work

A variety of teaching methods are used including tutorials, workshops, presentations and case studies. Material is also provided via the King’s e-learning and teaching service (KEATS). A minimum of twelve days (90 hours) 'in practice' must be carried out under the supervision of the DMP during the six month course. 

Attendance

The seminars have a different theme each week which is related to the modules that are in the web based learning materials. Attendance at these seminars is COMPULSORY and it is expected that annual leave will not be taken throughout these days.

Methods of assessment

Assessment comprises three distinct approaches, all of which must be passed:

  • A written examination comprising multiple choice and short answer questions
  • An Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) 
  • The presentation of a reflective practice portfolio recording the individuals learning from their minimum of 90 hrs in practice. This must contain 2 patient cases, a therapeutic and risk framework as well as a range of competence related assessments. Competency is assessed using the Royal Pharmaceutical Society A Competency Framework for all Prescribers 2016.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. 

Career prospects

We will equip you to be a pharmacist independent prescriber and deliver services for patients in line with the demands of the changing NHS. 

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Why this course?. This course enables pharmacists to apply knowledge of medicines actions and formulations in patient care. You’ll also develop the skills required to promote effective use of medicines in all areas of pharmacy practice. Read more

Why this course?

This course enables pharmacists to apply knowledge of medicines actions and formulations in patient care. You’ll also develop the skills required to promote effective use of medicines in all areas of pharmacy practice.

You’ll study the scientific and clinical factors that influence treatment with medicines and the delivery of pharmaceutical care. Advanced training in the practice of pharmacy will enable you to judge new treatments critically and to plan and develop clinical services.

You’ll study

The course content includes:

  • communicating in clinical settings
  • clinical information sources
  • common laboratory tests & their relevance to monitoring patients
  • principles & practice of therapeutics
  • pharmaceutical care & management of disease states, focusing on the contribution of the pharmacist
  • oral communication & problem-solving
  • pharmacological, pathological & physiological background for therapeutic strategies to manage disease states
  • clinical, laboratory & organisational methods to monitor & assess drug therapy
  • drug delivery & dosage selection
  • experience of pharmaceutical care within a chosen specialty
  • delivery of clinical pharmacy services
  • application of research methods to new developments
  • research project

If you successfully complete all assessments and want to continue to MSc, you’ll carry out a three-month individual research project.

Facilities

The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS) offers an excellent environment for research and teaching. It’s located in a new building with several laboratories. All labs are fitted with modern equipment.

Course content

Semester 1

Students study two classes that are designed to introduce key concepts and skills in a clinical setting, including pharmaceutical care planning, patient interview skills and bedside teaching, and to develop critical analysis and reflection.

Semester 2

Students choose two electives that align with their clinical interests. Topics may include:

  • palliative care
  • cardiology
  • public health
  • mental health
  • rheumatology
  • cancer care
  • HAI & antimicrobial stewardship
  • respiratory
  • care of the older patient
  • clinical pharmacokinetics

Students who successfully complete all assessments and wish to continue to MSc will carry out a three-month individual research project in a clinical setting and submit a thesis.

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered as workshops and tutorials in small group teaching.

Assessment

Each element is assessed by a series of assignments based on students’ clinical evaluations.

Careers

Gaining clinical pharmacy skills offers a route into enhanced career progression within pharmacy.

How much will I earn?

In the NHS, salaries for specialist pharmacists range from £30,764 to £40,588 (Band 7). Promotion to this band is normally possible after two to three years at Band 6.*

Job titles include:

  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Dispensary Manager
  • Pharmacist
  • Specialist Clinical Pharmacist
  • Specialist Pharmacist – rehabilitation & assessment


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This new part-time distance learning programme is designed for newly qualified pharmacists. It is the first of its kind in the UK. Read more

This new part-time distance learning programme is designed for newly qualified pharmacists. It is the first of its kind in the UK.

You’ll develop the clinical and advanced therapeutic skills required to work effectively in a GP practice, enhancing your ability to deliver safe and effective patient-centred care in partnership with multi-disciplinary teams.

The programme covers subjects such as:

  • the foundations of primary care practice
  • advanced communication
  • managing complex patients with co-morbidities
  • prescribing
  • quality and service improvement

It enables you to:

  • effectively work with health and social care providers across the primary care setting
  • analyse, interpret and present medicines data to support decision making
  • develop and monitor evidence based practice guidelines
  • use consultation / communication skills to manage challenging situations
  • make independent therapeutic decisions / recommendations

We are also able to offer you the opportunity to attend specialist clinical therapeutics study days alongside students on our secondary care MSc programme.

Rankings

Top 200 - 2018 QS World University Rankings by subject.

What you will study

This programme provides education and training for early career pharmacists to develop their knowledge and skills whilst working in a GP practice. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team is key to the development of relationships and experience in any clinical setting and the University of Bradford School of Pharmacy & Medical Sciences is well positioned to ensure that multidisciplinary learning and working is at the forefront of the course design due to its close involvement with programmes for other allied health professionals including physician associates, nurses and paramedics.

You will normally complete a 30 credit module each semester - 60 credits per year.

There are four core modules across years 1 and 2 (120 credits). There is however ample opportunity for choice within each module in relation to the nature of patient care plans produced and work based learning assignments, as well as the chosen area of competence in prescribing practice.

The final year (3) comprises 2 further modules and needs to include the Quality and Service Improvement Module (if not previously undertaken) along with the Quality and Service Improvement Project. These modules are also taught in an inter-professional setting.

All modules have been mapped to the RPS Foundation Pharmacist Framework.

Postgraduate Diploma

Core Modules

MSc

Core Modules

Learning and assessment

The structure of the modules allows for the integration of theory and learning with clinical practice.

You will have an introductory tutorial on course content, the RPS Foundation Pharmacist Framework (FPF) and how the course content maps to it. This will guide you through mapping yourself against this framework and identifying your personal development plan.

Directed tasks both before and after attending the study days will help you to consolidate your learning and understand its application in the practice setting.

Work based assessments will include pharmaceutical care plans, reflective journals and case based discussions. You will also undertake written assignments and OSCEs in some modules.

The topic for the final year Quality and Service Improvement project will be agreed between you, your GP Practice and the module tutor allowing the outcomes of your project to direct and evaluate service improvement within your own workplace.

Career prospects

There has been an increasing shift of health services into primary care practice, driven by NHS policy. It has been recognised that pharmacist are a crucial part of the plan to address these increased workforce needs.

This programme is designed to provide education and training for pharmacists so that newly qualified pharmacists are able to work alongside GPs in a variety of roles identified and endorsed by the Royal College of General Practice (RCGP), the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the Primary Care Pharmacist Association (PCPA) in their document entitled ‘A guide for GPs considering employing a practice pharmacist’.

Job specifications for higher level roles often require MSc or equivalent qualifications.

Salary expectations

Employment at Agenda for Change Band 6 to 7.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Study support

The School of Pharmacy employs experienced pharmacists working in primary care and has close links with primary care practice to guide you in career choices.

You will have an academic tutor assigned to support you throughout the programme.

You will map yourself against the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation Pharmacy Framework, which will prepare you for application to the RPS Faculty.

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) including Blackboard and PebblePad (for e-Portfolios) will support students learning at a distance.

Use of Library facilities is available online or on campus. Students are also able to access a range of study days organised for secondary care pharmacists as CPD days. 

Research

The School of Pharmacy has an excellent national and international reputation in practice research.

The most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) exercise rated 92% of our Pharmacy research as of international quality/world-leading.

Staff teaching on the programme are active members of the School’s Medicines Optimisation Research Group.



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This course is one of our three specialist pharmacy MSc courses (Pharmaceutical Sciences, Drug Delivery, or Pharmacokinetics). Read more
This course is one of our three specialist pharmacy MSc courses (Pharmaceutical Sciences, Drug Delivery, or Pharmacokinetics).

You’ll gain a thorough understanding and awareness of your chosen area of pharmacy, the research methods required to complete a final supervised research project and an overview of the drug discovery process.

These courses are primarily designed to prepare you for an academic or industrial career in the relevant area. You may be a scientist already working within the pharmaceutical industry or a recent science graduate.

You will undertake a variety of compulsory modules and a research project. This project will last approximately four months and you will work under the supervision of recognised experts in their field. The project allows you to undertake a detailed investigation and develop practical expertise in a specialist pharmaceutical sciences area. The University also has strong links with numerous pharmaceutical companies - there may be the opportunity to undertake your project in collaboration with one of these companies.

You will gain an overview of the drug development process from concept to market, gaining hands-on experience of pharmaceutical formulation and drug delivery.

What you will study

All students studying one of our three pharmacy MSc courses will take the following core modules:
-Research Methods 1: Professional Development
-Research Methods 2: Communication Skills
-Research Project
-Drug Discovery

Depending upon the course you chose, you will also undertake the following modules:
-Chemotherapy & Selective Toxicity
-Drug Dosage Form & Design
-Principles of Product Analysis and Validation
-Drug Delivery and Targeting

Learning, teaching & assessment

Ranked in the UK's top 10 in the 2017 Complete University Guide, Aston Pharmacy excellent links with the profession. In addition, our research profile ensures relevant, expertise-led teaching for the students who enrol onto our courses each year. We have a long history of proving sector-leading courses - did you know that Aston Pharmacy School can trace its roots back to 1841?

You will learn in lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Some modules may also use computer modelling and simulation sessions.

Our courses are assessed by a mixture of coursework, examinations, practical work and oral and written presentations. The research project module will be assessed on the basis of a submitted project report and an oral defence of a poster.

Your future career prospects

Graduates from our MSc programmes have taken up careers within the Pharmaceutical Industry in various disciplines such as analytical sciences, formulation development and project management. Our programmes provide the wider context and practical laboratory experience for pursuing careers in regulatory affairs, scientific writing and further studies.

Recent graduates have entered roles such as:
-Assistant Lecturer, University of Sulaimaniyah
-Associate Product Manager, AstraZeneca
-Business Development Manager, Crete Designs Limited
-Clinical Technician / Worker, Bridgewater Hospital
-Compound Technician, Sterling Pharmaceuticals
-Drug Designer, Unspecified Drug Company
-Drug Safety Specialist, PPD
-Drug Store Manager, Qaiwan group company
-Inhalation R & D Analyst, Aesica Pharmaceuticals Ltd (R5)
-Lecturer, University of Lagos, Nigeria
-Locum Pharmacist, various
-Molecular Modeller / Community Pharmacist, Verax Care Pharmacy
-OSD Technologist, GSK
-Pharma Benefit Associate, UnitedHealth Group
-Pharmacist, Government of India
-Pharmacist, Kerbala University
-Pharmacologist, Unspecified
-PhD Research Scholar, NIRMA University
-Recruitment Consultant, SRG
-Regulatory affairs trainee, PharmaLeaf India Pvt Ltd
-Research assistant, University of Leeds
-Research Scientist, Pluss Polymers
-Research Scientist, Wintean
-Researcher, Sunny Pharmtech Inc.
-Sales Relationship Coordinator, Wesley Assurance Society
-Science Teacher, Perry Beeches School
-Senior Regulatory officer, Roche Pharmaceuticals

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This course is one of our three specialist pharmacy MSc courses (Pharmaceutical Sciences, Drug Delivery, or Pharmacokinetics). Read more
This course is one of our three specialist pharmacy MSc courses (Pharmaceutical Sciences, Drug Delivery, or Pharmacokinetics).

You’ll gain a thorough understanding and awareness of your chosen area of pharmacy, the research methods required to complete a final supervised research project and an overview of the drug discovery process.

These courses are primarily designed to prepare you for an academic or industrial career in the relevant area. You may be a scientist already working within the pharmaceutical industry or a recent science graduate.

You will undertake a variety of compulsory modules and a research project. This project will last approximately four months and you will work under the supervision of recognised experts in their field. The project allows you to undertake a detailed investigation and develop practical expertise in a specialist pharmaceutical sciences area. The University also has strong links with numerous pharmaceutical companies - there may be the opportunity to undertake your project in collaboration with one of these companies.

Pharmacokinetics is a key aspect of drug safety and investigates the fate of a drug in the body, and how the substance is absorbed, distributed, metabolised and eliminated. Develop your skill and knowledge in the application of pharmacokinetics to the design and optimisation of new therapeutics. This course has been developed with an emphasis on describing mechanistic approaches to assessing and predicting the pharmacokinetics of drugs throughout the drug development process. You will encounter a broad range of experiences in the application of pharmacokinetics from early discovery and development, through to market authorisation and clinical applications.

What you will study

All students studying one of our three pharmacy MSc courses will take the following core modules:
-Research Methods 1: Professional Development
-Research Methods 2: Communication Skills
-Research Project
-Drug Discovery

Depending upon the course you chose, you will also undertake the following modules:
-Chemotherapy & Selective Toxicity
-Drug Dosage Form & Design
-Pharmacology

Learning, teaching & assessment

Ranked in the UK's top 10 in the 2017 Complete University Guide, Aston Pharmacy excellent links with the profession. In addition, our research profile ensures relevant, expertise-led teaching for the students who enrol onto our courses each year. We have a long history of proving sector-leading courses - did you know that Aston Pharmacy School can trace its roots back to 1841?

You will learn in lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Some modules may also use computer modelling and simulation sessions.

Our courses are assessed by a mixture of coursework, examinations, practical work and oral and written presentations. The research project module will be assessed on the basis of a submitted project report and an oral defence of a poster.

Your future career prospects

Graduates from our MSc programmes have taken up careers within the Pharmaceutical Industry in various disciplines such as analytical sciences, formulation development and project management. Our programmes provide the wider context and practical laboratory experience for pursuing careers in regulatory affairs, scientific writing and further studies.

Recent graduates have entered roles such as:
-Assistant Lecturer, University of Sulaimaniyah
-Associate Product Manager, AstraZeneca
-Business Development Manager, Crete Designs Limited
-Clinical Technician / Worker, Bridgewater Hospital
-Compound Technician, Sterling Pharmaceuticals
-Drug Designer, Unspecified Drug Company
-Drug Safety Specialist, PPD
-Drug Store Manager, Qaiwan group company
-Inhalation R & D Analyst, Aesica Pharmaceuticals Ltd (R5)
-Lecturer, University of Lagos, Nigeria
-Locum Pharmacist, various
-Molecular Modeller / Community Pharmacist, Verax Care Pharmacy
-OSD Technologist, GSK
-Pharma Benefit Associate, UnitedHealth Group
-Pharmacist, Government of India
-Pharmacist, Kerbala University
-Pharmacologist, Unspecified
-PhD Research Scholar, NIRMA University
-Recruitment Consultant, SRG
-Regulatory affairs trainee, PharmaLeaf India Pvt Ltd
-Research assistant, University of Leeds
-Research Scientist, Pluss Polymers
-Research Scientist, Wintean
-Researcher, Sunny Pharmtech Inc.
-Sales Relationship Coordinator, Wesley Assurance Society
-Science Teacher, Perry Beeches School
-Senior Regulatory officer, Roche Pharmaceuticals

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This course is for overseas (non-EEA) pharmacists who wish to convert their existing qualifications so they can practice as a pharmacist in Great Britain. Read more
This course is for overseas (non-EEA) pharmacists who wish to convert their existing qualifications so they can practice as a pharmacist in Great Britain. The University of Hertfordshire OSPAP is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

About the course

The Overseas Pharmacy Assessment Programme (OSPAP) is a full-time programme starting during September and ending in May. The teaching is undertaken over a 3 day week during the academic year which is divided into two terms.

The OSPAP will give you an insight into the way the National Health Service in the UK operates, inform you of the health regulatory laws and professional codes pharmacists must abide by, in addition to allowing you to integrate science based knowledge, such as pharmaceutics and microbiology, into clinical and patient focused settings.

The programme aims to prepare you for professional practice as safe, knowledgeable and up to date pharmacists. Whilst at the University you will be expected to act professionally and in agreement with the student Code of Conduct and GPhC Fitness to Practise standards.

Why choose this course?

-Excellent facilities including a simulated pharmacy and refurbished labs.
-Placements and visits in hospital and community pharmacy
-Interprofessional learning opportunities
-Regular promotion of pre-registration employment opportunities as well as support for your pre-registration year
-Friendly and supportive staff
-Active Pharmacy SocietyEncouraged attendance at local Pharmacy events such as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Local Practice Forum
-University is well placed geographically and has strong links with local healthcare providers and pharmaceutical industries
-Opportunity to upgrade to an MSc degree
-Opportunity to apply for the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship

Professional Accreditations

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

Careers

After completing the OSPAP Diploma and successfully passing the subsequent GPhC pre-registration pharmacist training year, you will be able to register and practice as a UK qualified pharmacist in various environments, (including community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy industrial or academic establishments), undertaking a diverse array of challenging roles.

You are strongly advised to check the latest visa details or changes on the Home Office website and UK Border Agency website regarding working in the UK. This is very important as you will need to work as a pre-registration Pharmacist for 12 months after successfully completing the OSPAP course. Whilst every effort will be made to guide you through the application process, including assistance with interview skills and CV writing, please be aware that it is not the University's responsibility to secure you a pre-registration position.

Teaching methods

Teaching during the academic year is divided into two terms, with written assessment papers at the end of the academic year (May/June). During the programme, you will be taught and learn via a range of techniques, including formal lectures, laboratory based classes, on-line discussions, tutorials and simulation. You will develop a wide range of academic and practical skills such as written and verbal communication, team work and leadership capabilities, critical evaluation, clinical judgement and organisational skills. You will be expected to submit a variety of assignments regularly, as required by each module leader, in order to meet the specified learning outcomes of the programme.

Work Placement

As part of the OSPAP you will have the opportunity to undertake a short, supervised, hospital visit and a community pharmacy placement as part of your study modules. This practical component will require a letter of good standing from the police authorities in your country of origin if you have not been in the UK for at least 6 months. If you have been in the UK for at least 6 months you will need to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) application form. In all cases students will be expected to attend our Occupational Health Department and receive any necessary vaccinations prior to attending placements.

Structure

Core Modules
-Medicines and Pharmacy Practice (OSPAP)
-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Therapeutics 1 (OSPAP)
-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Therapeutics 2 (OSPAP)
-Preparation for Practice (OSPAP)
-Study Skills and Practice Orientation (OSPAP)

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The new part-time, distance learning MSc and Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Pharmacy Practice (Primary Care) is designed for experienced pharmacists looking to develop new competencies at an advanced level. Read more

The new part-time, distance learning MSc and Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Pharmacy Practice (Primary Care) is designed for experienced pharmacists looking to develop new competencies at an advanced level.

You’ll develop the clinical and advanced therapeutic skills required to work effectively in a GP practice, enhancing your ability to deliver safe and effective patient-centred care in partnership with multi-disciplinary teams.

The programme covers subjects such as:

  • pharmaceutical management of patients with complex clinical problems and co-morbidities
  • the organisational culture associated with working as a pharmacist in a GP Practice
  • quality and service improvement, and managing change
  • advanced communication
  • leadership and management

You can proceed to MSc level by completing an additional two modules in a third year, including a Quality and Service Improvement project.

A number of optional modules are delivered face-to-face with other health care professionals in the Faculty of Health Studies, allowing inter-professional learning to take place.

What you will study

This programme provides education and training for experienced pharmacists, who may be changing sector, to develop advanced level knowledge and skills whilst working in a GP practice. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team is key to the development of relationships and experience in any clinical setting and the University of Bradford School of Pharmacy & Medical Sciences is well positioned to ensure that multidisciplinary learning and working is at the forefront of the course design due to its close involvement with programmes for other allied health professionals including physician associates, nurses and paramedics.

You will normally complete a 30 credit module each semester - 60 credits per year. The core 30 credit module in year 1 semester 1 is Foundations in Primary Care Practice. All other modules over the next 3 semesters can be picked according to your interests or development needs. The final year (3) comprises 2 further modules and needs to include the Quality and Service Improvement Module (if not previously undertaken), along with the Quality and Service Improvement Project

All modules have been mapped to the RPS Advanced Pharmacist Framework.

Core Modules

Option Modules

Learning and assessment

The mode of assessment will vary depending on your personal choice of modules. On induction, you will be guided through a learning needs analysis to help identify the most appropriate module choices for you.

Work based assessments will include pharmaceutical care plans, reflective journals and case based discussions. You will also undertake written assignments and OSCEs in some modules.

The topic for the final year Quality and Service Improvement project will be agreed between you, your GP Practice and the module tutor, allowing the outcomes of your project to direct and evaluate service improvement within your own workplace.

Career prospects

There has been an increasing shift of health services into primary care, driven by NHS policy. It has been recognised that pharmacists are a crucial part of the plan to address the increased workforce needs in General Practice.

This programme is designed to provide education and training so that experienced pharmacists are able to work alongside GPs in a variety of senior roles identified and endorsed by the Royal College of General Practice (RCGP), the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the Primary Care Pharmacist Association (PCPA) in their document entitled ‘A guide for GPs considering employing a practice pharmacist’.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Study support

The School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences employs experienced pharmacists working in primary care and has close links with primary care practice to guide you in career choices.

You will have an academic tutor assigned to support you throughout the programme. You will map yourself against the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Advanced Pharmacy Framework, which will prepare you for application to the RPS Faculty.

Research

The School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences has an excellent national and international reputation in practice research.

The most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) exercise rated 92% of our Pharmacy research as of international quality/world-leading.

Staff teaching on the programme are active members of the School’s Medicines Optimisation Research Group.



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