The programme has been designed in close collaboration with NHS partners to support the development of foundation stage pharmacist practitioners following registration. It develops the practitioner student's underpinning knowledge and skills in clinical pharmacy practice and medicines management.
We work on a philosophy of student-centred workplace learning, supported by workbooks and learning sets facilitated by experienced pharmacy practitioners. The practitioner students are expected to take responsibility for managing their learning and achieving the course objectives in support of their continuing professional development (CPD).
Students will gain the understanding needed to conduct effective consultations with patients respecting their diverse needs and with regard to confidentiality and consent, and to identify, prioritise and resolve complex pharmaceutical care issues.
There is one intake each year for students starting on the certificate level of the programme. Students begin in March of each year and attend eight learning sets over a period of 18 months. By October of the following year, if all the assessments have been passed, students can either exit with a postgraduate certificate or transfer to the postgraduate diploma.
The certificate comprises one compulsory course entitled "Practitioner Development and Establishment of Professional and Clinical Practice" (60 credits).
The postgraduate diploma consists of two separate courses:
Each course runs for six months, starting in March and October, and consists of three learning sets. Most students complete the certificate and then transfer immediately to the diploma. There is flexibility in the system and students can delay before transferring if necessary. Students must complete within six years of the certificate start date.
Students who have successfully completed the postgraduate diploma in general pharmacy practice can elect to continue to the MSc. This consists of a research project, supported by academics with expertise in practice research. Students will gain expertise in research techniques, be supported to write a protocol and complete either an NHS or university ethics application and collect and analyse data. Start dates are in September, January and April.
The certificate and the diploma are commissioned by Health Education England London and the South East – Kent Surrey Sussex (HEE LaSE KSS) and are jointly delivered with the University of Brighton. PGCert level learning sets take place in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and the PGDip courses are delivered by both institutions concurrently enabling students to elect which to do first and which location best fits with work and home travel.
The programme is run at the Medway School of Pharmacy by academics and practising healthcare professionals. Please visit http://www.msp.ac.uk for more information on the school and http://www.msp.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/cert-gen-pharm-pract for more details on this programme.
PG Cert General Pharmacy Practice P12588
Year 1 and Year 2:
PG Diploma General Pharmacy Practice P12589
Year 2 and Year 3:
MSc General Pharmacy Practice P13371
Year 1 and Year 2:
Completion of the PG Diploma leads not only to the academic award but also to the Certificate of Completion of General Pharmacist Training from an accredited training centre.
Certificate and Diploma: These programmes provide progression for pharmacists towards advanced practitioner status. Completion of the practice elements of the full Diploma programme qualifies you not only for the PG Diploma but also leads to the award of the NHS Statement of Completion of General Pharmacist Training
MSc: This degree gives you a strong foundation for a career in pharmacy in any sector, allowing you to experience different aspects of pharmaceutical care and strengthening the key skills you will need to flourish in your chosen specialty.
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.
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.
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.
Year 1 Compulsory modules
Year 2 Compulsory modules
Year 3 Compulsory modules
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.
Assessments are mainly written, work-based assignments and are designed to support day-to-day practice.
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.
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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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.
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.
A part time, modular postgraduate course for qualified pharmacists working in community, primary care or general practice who wish to develop excellent clinical knowledge and consultation skills. This programme of study can incorporate pharmacist independent prescribing.
Pharmacists are increasingly recognised as core providers of services relating to medicines use, disease management and health promotion. Our part-time postgraduate Pharmacy Practice programme, designed specifically for qualified pharmacists working in community, primary care or general practice, will provide students with excellent clinical knowledge and consultation skills.
On completion of the course, students will be able to confidently deliver safe, efficient and effective patient care that meets the health needs of their local population. Students will also develop their knowledge and understanding of health beliefs and adherence, public health policy and strategic service development. They will be supported to engage effectively with commissioning groups, develop partnerships with GPs and implement successful pharmacy services that respond to the needs of patients and commissioners.
The course is modular, allowing students to undertake modules according to personal interests, CPD requirements or service development needs. In combination, completion of modules leads to the award of an academic qualification. Most students continue to work full time in addition to attending the course.
Taught classes are held on alternate Wednesdays at the Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo campus. Two modules are delivered each semester over five days. A further two days are allocated for face-to-face module assessments.
Modules are offered on a two-yearly cycle. The order in which the modules are undertaken therefore depends on the point of entry into the programme. Contact the course leader if you require specific information about a module.
Modules are taught by expert academic staff and experienced clinical practitioners who are leaders in their field within both primary and secondary care. A variety of teaching methods are used including:
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Each 15 credit module represents 150 hours of student endeavour typically comprising of:
Assessments are congruent with the roles of pharmacists in practice and are designed to evaluate the practitioner’s professional competencies relating to patient consultation, clinical decision making and pharmaceutical expertise. A variety of assessment methods are utilised:
A portfolio of evidence must be submitted at the end of each semester to demonstrate learning, reflection and the application of skills and knowledge in practice.
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.
The 60 credit Independent Prescribing module (accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council) can be taken as part of the Diploma or MSc programmes. Additional entry criteria apply. Full details are available here.
Please note that you cannot take the Independent Prescribing module while you are undertaking other Pharmacy Practice modules.
On completion of this programme pharmacists will be equipped to deliver pharmacy services in the community to a high standard, in line with the demands of the changing NHS. Students may also be able to move into the provision of pharmaceutical and prescribing advice in primary care.
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.
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.
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:
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 is through both written assignments and practical observation/examinations and submission of a manuscript (MSc students only).
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You'll be assessed using a variety of methods including:
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:
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.