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The purpose of the Clinical Pharmacy Practice programme is to enable pharmacists who have at least 6 months patient-facing post registration experience to develop advanced knowledge skills and attributes in the professional practice of Pharmacy and ensure safe, effective and rational use of medicines. Read more
The purpose of the Clinical Pharmacy Practice programme is to enable pharmacists who have at least 6 months patient-facing post registration experience to develop advanced knowledge skills and attributes in the professional practice of Pharmacy and ensure safe, effective and rational use of medicines. The programme will provide a wide range of opportunities to enable individuals to develop an in depth understanding of the evidence base and safety framework for healthcare and medicines management. The programme offers the opportunity for multi-professional working with others who are involved in the provision of health care. The changes in healthcare and the implications for the changing role of Pharmacists are integral to the development of this programme. Patient safety and medicines optimisation are integral to the goals of developing healthcare services and is fundamental to safe effective and rational use of medicines.

About the course

MSc Advancing Clinical Pharmacy Practice
This programme provides an opportunity to study a wide range of pharmacy practice, medicines management and public health related theory and to explore the professional practice of pharmacy in a clinical setting.

MSc Advancing Clinical Pharmacy Practice with extended placement
This pathway builds on the MSc Advancing Clinical Pharmacy Practice to allow students to demonstrate an advanced knowledge and systematic understanding of pharmaceutical care delivery in a hospital setting. This will be achieved by students undertaking 6 months of clinical rotations based in local NHS hospitals.

Our facilities

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

Structure

Core Modules
-Clinical Pharmacy in Practice
-Core Competencies in Pharmacy Practice
-Leadership in Practice
-Project (ACPP)
-Work-Based Learning for Pharmacists

Optional
-Extended Clinical Placement

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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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The programme has been designed in close collaboration with NHS partners to support the development of foundation stage pharmacist practitioners following registration. Read more

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.

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

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).

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

The postgraduate diploma consists of two separate courses:

  • Developing Self, Others and Your Operational Management Skills (30 credits), and
  • Ensuring Patient Safety and a Quality Service (30 credits).

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.

Master's degree (MSc)

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.

Collaboration

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.

What you'll study

PG Cert General Pharmacy Practice P12588

Year 1 and Year 2:

  • Practitioner Development and Establishment of Professional and Clinical Practice (Foundation Stage 1) (60 credits)

PG Diploma General Pharmacy Practice P12589

Year 2 and Year 3:

  • Module A: Developing Self, Others and Your Operational Management Skills (Foundation Stage 2) (30 credits)
  • Module B: Ensuring Patient Safety and a Quality Service (Foundation Stage 2) (30 credits)

MSc General Pharmacy Practice P13371

Year 1 and Year 2:

  • Research Project

Assessment

  • PG Certificate students are assessed through objective structured clinical examination, a written examination which includes both multiple-choice and short case based questions, a critical review and a viva.
  • PG Diploma students are assessed through written assignments and presentations for a therapeutic review and a change management project, case study presentations and a competency-based portfolio review.
  • MSc students are assessed through completion of a poster presentation and an accompanying abstract, personal reflections on aspects of the research process, and the submission of a thesis.

Professional recognition

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.

Careers

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.



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- https://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/medway/. This programme provides general-level hospital pharmacists – registered with the GPhC and working – with the core skills required to provide holistic pharmaceutical care in the practice setting. Read more

This course will be held at the Medway Campus

- https://www.kent.ac.uk/locations/medway/

This programme provides general-level hospital pharmacists – registered with the GPhC and working – with the core skills required to provide holistic pharmaceutical care in the practice setting.

The programme aligns with a nationally agreed pharmacy practitioner development strategy and is the result of a unique collaboration of higher education institutions across London and the south and east of England.

The programme develops your knowledge and skills in clinical pharmacy practice and medicines management. It works on a philosophy of student-centred workplace learning, supported by workbooks and contact days facilitated by experienced pharmacy practitioners. You are expected to take responsibility for managing your learning and achieving the programme objectives. The ethos and culture of the programme is to enhance and develop self-reliance and an adult approach to learning in support of continuing professional development.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/737/general-pharmacy-practice

About Medway School of Pharmacy

Medway School of Pharmacy is one of the few regional schools of pharmacy in the UK, a collaboration between the University of Kent and the University of Greenwich.

The impetus for the formation of the Medway School of Pharmacy came from the local community, who recognised the shortage of qualified pharmacists in all branches of the pharmacy profession in Kent.

The School is now recognised as an established school with accreditation from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are employed in health disciplines in Kent and the south-east and more broadly across the UK.

Modules

For more about the structure of this course please visit the Medway School of Pharmacy website (http://www.msp.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/cert-gen-pharm-pract/index.html).

Assessment

Assessment is by Objective Structure Clinical Examination (OSCE), multiple-choice questions, assignments, literature review, prescribing audit, change management project, and a competency-based portfolio review.

Programme aims

The PCert and PDip aim to:

- enable you to apply appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to carry out effectively the role of the general pharmacist practitioner within your pharmacy practice base and wider healthcare teams

- enable you to carry out effective consultations with patients respecting their diverse needs and with regard to confidentiality and consent

- enable you to identify, prioritise and resolve complex pharmaceutical care issues

- enable you to apply knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacology and the clinical use of drugs and therapeutic guidelines to the treatment of common disease states

- enable you to access, gather, interpret, critically evaluate and summarise medicines information

- enable you to monitor the quality of services provided, identify, prioritise and resolve significant medicines management issues and monitor and evaluate outcomes

- enable you to establish population health needs and apply specialist pharmaceutical knowledge to public health issues.

The MSc aims are to:

- investigate a topic in depth

- evaluate current practice or a new service

- publish research and advance knowledge in pharmacy practice

- develop skills you require for the RPS Advanced Pharmacy Framework

- inspire you and others in your workplace to carry out much needed practice research

- support your future career and perhaps to help you explore new career paths.

Research areas

Chemistry and drug delivery
This group has laboratories with dedicated state-ofthe art drug delivery, nanotechnology, spectroscopy, chromatography and organic synthesis facilities. It brings together researchers in medicinal chemistry and drug design, nanotechnology and materials science, drug delivery and pharmaceutics encouraging a multidisciplinary approach to research. Research covers synthesis and biological evaluation of potential anti-cancer agents, structurebased drug design, QSAR predication of ADMET properties, controlled release, particle engineering, powder technology, pharmaceutical technology, and novel drug delivery systems, with a focus on respiratory drug delivery.

Biological sciences
This group is housed in recently refurbished laboratories with dedicated state-of-the-art molecular biological, electrophysiological, tissue culture and microscopy facilities. The research is divided into four main themes; infectious diseases and allergy; neuroscience; renal and cardiovascular physiology; and pharmacology. Examples of current work include: investigation of the use of non-pathogenic virus ‘pseudotypes’ to study pathogenic RNA, study of the properties of neuronal potassium channels and their modulation and the development of new therapies for patients that have developed acute kidney injury in collaboration with a major pharmaceutical company.

Pharmacy practice
This group conducts research in two areas: public health and medicines optimisation, with a particular focus on cardiovascular diseases and mental health. Work in public health includes studies in physical exercise, alcohol, cardiovascular screening and spirometry testing, plus pharmacovigilance. Studies in medicines optimisation include work in dementia, bipolar disorder and stroke, with an emphasis on the patient perspective.

Careers

This programme provides progression for pharmacists towards advanced practitioner status.

Completion of the practice elements of the course leads to the award of the Certificate of Completion of General Pharmacist Training from an accredited training centre.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

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The Pharmacy Practice MSc helps registered pharmacists working in community, primary or secondary care practice develop the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of developments in pharmacy practice. Read more

The Pharmacy Practice MSc helps registered pharmacists working in community, primary or secondary care practice develop the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of developments in pharmacy practice.

This programme will equip you to provide pharmaceutical care to patients, manage your personal and professional development and introduce new services to the workplace.

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of techniques for evaluating and managing the risk associated with prescribing, supplying and administering medicines to ensure patient safety.

Our focus on work-based learning and assessment links your study directly to your practice, whilst flexible modules allow you to develop skills in the areas of practice best for you.

The dissertation project gives you chance to evaluate current issues and research in pharmacy and examine an area of pharmacy practice under the supervision of leading researchers.

More information

The School of Healthcare is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health. It aims to be a centre of excellence in the provision of high quality education and research and to develop knowledge that both informs and improves practice.

You can also study this subject at Postgraduate Diploma level.

Course content

This programme allows you to develop as a flexible practitioner, according to specific interests and workplace opportunities. You’ll also have the support needed to meet GPhC requirements for recording CPD and the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework.

You’ll be studying in a research-based learning environment. Our high-quality research informs national and international policy and practice to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines. In particular, our work on medicines information for patients and our research into reducing medication errors and improving safety in care homes have had a significant impact on policy and practice.

Course structure

Year 1 Compulsory modules

  • Personal and Professional Development in Healthcare 30 credits
  • Pharmaceutical Care: Core Conditions 30 credits

Year 2 Compulsory modules

  • Service Development within Healthcare 15 credits
  • Pharmaceutical Care: Specialist Conditions 15 credits

Year 3 Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation 45 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Pharmacy Practice MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

You’ll learn through study days, e-learning and work-based learning. Our teaching methods support flexible, work-based learning and develop skills for lifelong learning. Teachers and facilitators draw on a range of expertise in education, clinical practice and research. Many of the optional modules are multi-disciplinary.

You’ll have access to modern University and School of Healthcare facilities.

Assessment

Assessments are mainly written, work-based assignments and are designed to support day-to-day practice.

Career opportunities

On completion of the course students are normally are in a position to progress to more senior or specialist pharmacy posts (typically Agenda for Change band 7 or 8) in either primary or secondary care.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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Study with the UK's Number 1 School of Pharmacy. Take your career to the next level with the UK's number 1 School of Pharmacy (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016). Read more

Study with the UK's Number 1 School of Pharmacy

Take your career to the next level with the UK's number 1 School of Pharmacy (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016)

The MSc in Advanced Pharmacy Practice, is a programme is designed for hospital-based pharmacists in Northern Ireland who wish to progress to Advanced Practitioner level (AfC Band 8a).

The course aims to support the development of advanced pharmacy practice in the student's chosen field of expertise. In addition, MSc students receive training in research methods and are required to undertake a service evaluation/development project.

Course Structure

With the MSc in Advanced Pharmacy Practice, year one & two modules include:

- Advanced Therapeutics in Respiratory Disease,

- Cardiovascular Disease,

- Diabetes and Infectious Disease

- Clinical Management Planning

- Disease Management

- Prescribing and Monitoring

- Professional Aspects of Prescribing

Tear three modules:

- Advanced Practice Development

- Research Methodology

- Service Research and Development

The role of the pharmacist in the Health Service is expanding to improve patient care and access to medicines. Agenda for Change (AfC) and the associated NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) aim to support the career development of health service staff and the provision of effective patient care. This Masters/PG Diploma programme in Advanced Pharmacy Practice enhances the opportunities for hospital-based pharmacists in Northern Ireland to progress their career to Advanced Practitioner level.



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If you are a registered pharmacist working in primary care, hospital, community pharmacy or the pharmaceutical industry and wish to develop your role as an Advanced Pharmacy Practitioner, then this postgraduate course will be of interest to you. Read more
If you are a registered pharmacist working in primary care, hospital, community pharmacy or the pharmaceutical industry and wish to develop your role as an Advanced Pharmacy Practitioner, then this postgraduate course will be of interest to you. The course provides an in-depth understanding of safety and risk management concepts which underpin the effective use of medicines in practice. You will benefit from the opportunity to learn with other healthcare professionals. The programme offers the flexibility of a choice of core and optional modules to build credits towards an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

About the course

Full-time Pathway (overseas students)
The full-time pathway is for overseas pharmacists and starts in September, lasting for 12 months. There are 7 compulsory modules across the year, which are all taught. In addition you will have some work placements at a local hospital to allow you to put into practice what you have been taught. The year finishes with the production of a dissertation on a pharmacy related subject in the Project module.

Part-time Pathway (for UK registered pharmacists)
The part-time pathway is for UK registered pharmacist intending to top up their CPD or gain a qualification. It can be taken over 5 years if necessary, and starts at the beginning of each semester (depending on module availability). Please see the programme specification to what modules are available to practicing UK pharmacists. We are also able to take a limited number of credits from other health-related modules available at our University. This includes the Independent Prescribing course which is charged at a premium rate.

Individual optional modules may also be undertaken as free standing modules and short courses. UK pharmacists with an existing UK postgraduate diploma or certificate obtained within the last 5 years will be able to carry forward all or part of these qualifications towards the award of an MSc. This will be decided on a case by case basis but typically a pharmacist with a postgraduate diploma in pharmacy practice/clinical pharmacy may be able to take forward 90 credits. An award of MSc requires the accumulation of 180 credits (including a 60 credit research element).

Why choose this course?

-Flexibility of choosing different modules
-The programme offers inter-professional working opportunities
-The School of Pharmacy facilities including a sterile suite and simulated pharmacy
-Helpful and friendly staff

Careers

This programme offers excellent opportunities for continuing professional development for practicing pharmacists. It is an MSc programme, but UK pharmacists can also choose to study specific modules relevant to their professional development needs as short courses.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods are varied including lectures, seminars and workshops. Problem Based Learning (PBL) will underpin the delivery of the Therapeutics and Work Related Learning modules. The course is intense and will require students to be "self directed" learners.

Our facilities

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

Work Placement

There is an in-course work placement for international students.

Structure

-Clinical Pharmacy in Practice
-Core Competencies in Pharmacy Practice
-Leadership in Practice
-Project (ACPP)
-Work-Based Learning for Pharmacists

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-Enables graduands of the Diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy programme to convert their Diploma to an MSc. -Provides the necessary critical, analytical and evaluation skills to understand the research process including ethical and risk assessment issues. Read more
-Enables graduands of the Diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy programme to convert their Diploma to an MSc
-Provides the necessary critical, analytical and evaluation skills to understand the research process including ethical and risk assessment issues
-Facilitates practice research in mental health pharmacy

Course outline

This one year research MSc in Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice is offered to graduands of the Diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy programme.

It is a single 60 credit module which enables them to convert their Diploma (120 credits) to an MSc (180 credits).

It aims to engage students in supervised but independently executed practice research. Students will be encouraged to integrate and apply the skills acquired during the Certificate and Diploma programmes to investigate in depth an area of clinical psychiatric pharmacy practice of specific interest to them.

The module will equip students with the necessary critical, analytical and evaluation skills necessary to understand the research process thoroughly including ethical and risk assessment issues. It provides experience of practice research and project management together with preparation for submission for publication.

Learning, teaching & assessment

Assessment is in three parts

A research proposal: The student is required to submit a research proposal of approximately 2,000 words. This will be assessed for appropriateness of content; proposed research question and design of the study together with ethical issues; professional conduct and implications of the results.

The project: This should demonstrate a detailed theoretical understanding and a critical appraisal of the relevant research literature. It should include an appropriate research question or hypothesis, plus suitable experimental design, execution, data handling, data analyses and interpretation in a systematic and accurate manner. The project should usually be between 10,000 and 15,000 words in length. Included in that word limit are an abstract (maximum 300 words) and an executive summary (maximum 1500 words). Independence of thought and action within the research process and effectiveness of time keeping will all be assessed.

An oral assessment (Viva voce).

Personal Development

Students will develop the ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries in the field of psychiatric practice research. They will:
-Learn to communicate effectively to academics as well as students
-Learn good writing skills and the ability to complete an ethics proposal for submission to an ethics committee
-Develop the ability to study independently and employ good time management

Careers

The certificate is the first stage for pharmacists in becoming a specialist mental health pharmacist. It is also under taken by mental health nurses to increase their knowledge base especially those practicing or aiming to practice as non-medical prescribers. General practitioners and psychiatrists as well as graduates working in the pharmaceutical industry have also been past students.

The diploma is frequently a requirement for specialist clinical mental health posts in the NHS. “Specialist status” as deemed by Membership of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy is also increasingly expected for higher level clinical posts in the NHS. The Diploma forms part of the pathway for this accreditation.

The MSc (research project) is designed to help students develop their career either within practice or academia. Consultant pharmacist posts, in the NHS, are all required to have a research component. The qualification can also help students looking to undertake a PhD.

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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. . Read more

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. 

Key benefits

  • We are ranked seventh in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017)
  • Clinical experts and experienced academic staff lead our teaching, and combine university-based study days with work-based learning.
  • Course content and assessments will reflect the most up-to-date practices which will support service development in your workplace.
  • There is an opportunity to gain a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (NB additional competitive entry criteria apply).
  • 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.
  • As an accredited Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation School, students who are RPS members have the opportunity to complete the RPS Foundation Training Programme.

Description

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.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

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:

  • presentations
  • tutorials
  • workshops 
  • case studies

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Each 15 credit module represents 150 hours of student endeavour typically comprising of:

  • 15 contact hours
  • 15 hours of preparation for the group seminars
  • five hours of support and assessment
  • 75 hours of application within their clinical setting – including undertaking of clinically related tasks
  • 40 hours is to cover broader reading and engagement with clinical aspects of the work.

Assessment

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:

  • consultation skills assessments
  • case based discussions
  • written tasks (e.g. therapeutic review, critique of public health policy )
  • portfolio reviews

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. 

  • Written reflective accounts of cases or patient interventions
  • Written critical reflection of a risk framework
  • Design of an adherence strategy
  • Oral presentation of a consultation framework or a case study
  • Written report of a business proposal
  • Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)

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.

Extra information

Independent Prescribing

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.

Career prospects

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.

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Why this course?. This new and unique course enables pharmacists (registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council) to come together in a small peer-group learning environment to develop as advanced clinical practitioners. Read more

Why this course?

This new and unique course enables pharmacists (registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council) to come together in a small peer-group learning environment to develop as advanced clinical practitioners. The course is flexible with a choice of classes that look at specific practice and personal development needs.

The course is designed to produce highly skilled practitioners who can improve patient care by driving forward innovation in all areas of pharmacy practice through delivery of the Scottish Government’s Vision and Action Plan: Prescription for Excellence

The Independent Prescribing (IP) qualification is included within the course as an optional 30-credit module; practitioners who have already completed the IP qualification will receive 30 credits for prior learning and the requirements for each award will be reduced by 30 credits.

You’ll study

This course consists of a series of optional classes.

Successful completion of 60 credits from any combination of classes leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate.

The award of a Postgraduate Diploma requires 120 credits. The MSc requires 180 credits, which includes a project and class in research skills.

Our facilities & staff

The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS)is recognised as one of the foremost departments of its kind in the UK. It's a leading research centre in the search for new and improved medicines. You'll benefit from the advanced facilities of a new £36 million building.

Our postgraduate community comes from all corners of the globe and benefits from the support and guidance of the Institute’s Graduate School as well as from close, long-standing industrial and NHS links.

Research in SIPBS is focused on “New Medicines, Better Medicines, Better Use of Medicines”. 

The teaching and research interests of the Institute cover many aspects of pharmacy and biomedical sciences. There's particular emphasis on:

  • fundamental bioscience to develop new targets and translational opportunities
  • drug discovery to translate basic science into target validation
  • advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing and industrial biotechnology
  • pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacy practice research for better pharmaceutical care and medicines use

Learning & teaching

The course places a strong emphasis on student-centred learning delivered through a blended learning approach. There's a combination of e-learning materials, small group tutorials and workshops led by experienced staff, student presentations and work-based practice activities. Class material is available through online learning tools which can be accessed at any time.

The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences has a well-established relationship with NHS Scotland and a number of leading clinicians have visiting or honorary appointments. The course team combines both academic and clinical expertise to deliver classes that provide both the scientific knowledge and practical skills that are necessary to achieve the changes required to improve patient care.

Together we undertake collaborative research focused on the “Better Use of Medicines” through the study of real-world clinical data (pharmacoepidemiology) and the design and testing of novel healthcare intervention models in clinical practice settings (practice research).

Assessment

Assessment is through both written assignments and practical observation/examinations and submission of a manuscript (MSc students only).

Careers

The course prepares you to develop and grow your clinical career to prepare you for senior clinical leadership appointments in variable healthcare settings. For example:

  • appointments as principal clinical pharmacist
  • clinical pharmacy lead within a managed healthcare in hospital or primary care
  • clinical pharmacist independent prescriber within a speciality with your own clinical caseload


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You must successfully pass the PgDip before you can register for the MSc top-up. This Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP) is a conversion programme designed to enable non-EU-qualified pharmacists to receive theoretical and practical training in key topics relevant to practice in the UK. Read more
You must successfully pass the PgDip before you can register for the MSc top-up.

This Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP) is a conversion programme designed to enable non-EU-qualified pharmacists to receive theoretical and practical training in key topics relevant to practice in the UK. It aims to familiarise overseas-trained pharmacists (non-EU and not covered by Directive 2005/36/EC) with the practice of pharmacy in the UK. The course is fully accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Kingston is long established as a top teaching university with excellent facilities. We have excellent links with a number of hospitals, including St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Kingston Hospital, the Royal Marsden Hospital and University Hospital Lewisham, as well as a number of major community pharmacies, enabling you to experience the role of the pharmacist first-hand through visits or placements.

What will you study?

You will receive training in pharmaceutical sciences, clinical pharmacy, pharmacy practice, and pharmacy law and practice. Successful graduates will be eligible to apply for a one-year pre-registration period in an approved pharmaceutical establishment, prior to taking membership examinations from the pharmacy regulator (the General Pharmaceutical Council) and gaining entry onto the UK register of pharmacists. Obtaining a pre-registration placement is the responsibility of the student, and different visa requirements may apply for non-EU/EEA citizens. You are advised to visit the UK Borders Agency and Home Office websites for the latest information on visas and employment.

Work placement scheme

Kingston University has set up a scheme that allows postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing to include a work placement element in their course starting from September 2017. The placement scheme is available for both international and home/EU students.

-The work placement, up to 12 months; is optional.
-The work placement takes place after postgraduate students have successfully completed the taught portion of their degree.
-The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student. We cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it.
-As the work placement is an assessed part of the course for international students, this is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Details on how to apply will be confirmed shortly.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Modules
-Design and Application of Dosage Forms
-Professional Pharmacy Practice
-The Application of Evidence to Patient Care
-Pharmacological and Clinical Management of Disease
-Project (MSc only)

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This flexible, part-time Masters level programme for practicing hospital pharmacists is evidence based with a problem-solving, practice-orientated approach. Read more
This flexible, part-time Masters level programme for practicing hospital pharmacists is evidence based with a problem-solving, practice-orientated approach. A full blend of flexible work-based learning supported through web-based learning resources, online discussion and face-to-face learning events creates a rich learning environment. Choosing a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma, MSc or CPD option will help improve your professional status, developing your career prospects.

Designed with extensive input of a multi-professional team, Bath’s programme reflects the latest developments and challenges. It offers flexibility allowing you to tailor study to suit your situation, with a choice of specialised qualifications in Clinical Pharmacy Practice or Prescribing and Therapeutics enabling you to practise as an Independent Prescriber.

Choose from nearly 20 units

(can be studied separately for CPD)

● Professional skills development (Core Unit)
● Using Evidence in Practice (Core Unit)
● Palliative Care
● Cardiovascular Therapeutics
● Infections
● Mental Health
● Respiratory Therapeutics
● Gastro-Intestinal Therapeutics
● Prescribing for Special Groups
● Prescribing in Context
● Consultation Skills for Prescribing
● Prescribing Effectively
● Neurology
● Oncology
● Endocrinology
● Public Health Pharmacy
● Management of Minor Ailments
● Practice-based research
● Masters dissertation

Programme features

- Choice of awards reflecting your area of professional interest
- 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
- Support in meeting CPD requirements of the GPhC and professional development in line with the RPS Faculty frameworks

Available Qualifications & Duration

CPD course (three months)
PG Certificate (one year part-time)
PG Diploma (two years part-time)
MSc (three years part-time)

Please note all PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MSc students are registered for the maximum study duration of eight years, to allow flexible study options where appropriate.

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/clin-phar-prac-seco-care/

Pathways

- Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Secondary Care)
- Prescribing & Therapeutics

You can study combinations of units to accumulate credit toward a named award.

Course information

Information about available units and the programme structure can be found in our postgraduate programme brochure (http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/clin-phar-prac-seco-care/bath-diploma-course-guide-2015.pdf).

Programme descriptions can be found in the University’s online programme catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/other.html).

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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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.

Modules

Core

Option

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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Why this course?. This course has been developed by the . Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences.  in collaboration with the NHS in Scotland. . Read more

Why this course?

This course has been developed by the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences in collaboration with the NHS in Scotland. 

Our principal partners are NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Lothian and Community Pharmacy Scotland.

As a student on this course, half of your time will be spent in professional experiential learning.

The professional experiential learning aspect of this course gives you the opportunity to see how the theory you learn in the classroom is applied in a clinical setting. This will give you an excellent overview of pharmacy practice in the UK.

When you're on campus, you'll be based in the Strathclyde Institute for Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences where we have state of the art facilities.

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered in collaboration with our NHS partners. You'll spend half your time here on campus and the other half in the NHS.

Assessment

You'll be assessed using a variety of methods including:

  • MCQ exams
  • reflective diaries
  • case presentations
  • a portfolio of cases

Careers

Students in this course are likely to be early careers pharmacists who are interested in advancing their careers by gaining insight into pharmacy in Scotland. This highly specialised education and extended period of experiential learning will allow the graduates to become leaders of the profession in their home country.

Jobs related to this degree

With a degree in Pharmacy Practice (MSc), you can go on to become a pharmacist or a research scientist.

As a qualified Pharmacist, you can work in private and public hospitals, small independent pharmacies and pharmacies located within larger stores.

Jobs where your degree could be useful include:

  • Science writer
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Product/process development scientist

Work experience is key

Employers greatly value work experience and this course will give you valuable experience to build on the skills needed as a pharmacist. This work experience is key to this course.

You could also volunteer in a healthcare setting to enhance your experience working directly with people.



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This flexible, part-time Masters level programme for practising primary care and community pharmacists is evidence based with a problem-solving, practice-orientated approach. Read more
This flexible, part-time Masters level programme for practising primary care and community pharmacists is evidence based with a problem-solving, practice-orientated approach. A full blend of flexible work-based learning supported through web-based learning resources, online discussion and face-to-face learning events creates a rich learning environment. Choosing a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma, MSc or CPD option will help improve your professional status, developing your career prospects.

Designed with extensive input of a multi-professional team, Bath’s programme reflects the latest developments and challenges. It offers flexibility allowing you to tailor study to suit your situation, with a choice of specialised qualifications in Clinical Pharmacy Practice or Prescribing and Therapeutics enabling you to practise as an Independent Prescriber.

Programme features

- Choice of awards reflecting your area of professional interest
- 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
- Support in meeting CPD requirements of the GPhC and professional development in line with the RPS Faculty frameworks

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/clin-phar-prac-prim-care-and-comm/

Pathways

- Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Primary Care)
- Prescribing & Therapeutics

You can study combinations of units to accumulate credit toward a named award.

Course information

Information about available units and the programme structure can be found in our postgraduate programme brochure (http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/clin-phar-prac-prim-care-and-comm/bath-diploma-course-guide-2015.pdf).

Programme descriptions can be found in the University’s online programme catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/other.html).

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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