The role of pharmacists in the emergency department offers an exciting opportunity to work in a new field of practice. Pharmacists are also extending their scope of practice in urgent and acute medicine areas in primary and secondary care.
Our six-month Advanced Clinical Skills short course enables trainee pharmacy practitioners to independently evaluate, assess and recommend or prescribe medicines for patients who present to emergency departments.
This will allow junior and senior medical staff to attend to more urgent medical patients in a clinical setting and aims to decrease waiting times for patients with minor injuries. Research has shown that hospital pharmacists with additional skills in independent prescribing and advanced clinical assessment could manage up to 35.7% of patients presenting to emergency departments.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to manage emergency and urgent patients in addition to working as part of a multidisciplinary emergency, acute medicine and urgent care team.
Our course confers 30 postgraduate (Level 7) credits upon completion and can be taken as a standalone course by pharmacists who are already non-medical prescribers. If you are not already a non-medical prescriber, you can take this course before starting our Independent Prescribing short course . Completing both of these courses within two years of registering will lead to a PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine .
This course aims to:
Develop in-demand skills
This course was launched in response to a national pilot that identified clear demand for pharmacists with specific skills in emergency medicine.
You will learn using a blended approach that includes face-to-face sessions and online learning through our Blackboard platform.
This will allow you to continue to work in the NHS and study at a time that is convenient for you.
There will be on-campus study days to allow for face-to-face contact, teaching in groups, interaction with the other students, and practical skills demonstrations. You will also undergo supported learning in the emergency department where you are based.
2018 study days
Provisional dates for the February 2018 intake are:
Dates for the September 2018 intake are yet to be arranged and will be published here when confirmed.
We will assess your progress through:
There are two core units:
Advanced Clinical Assessment (mandatory)
Unit code: PHAR60231
Credit rating: 15
This unit aims to develop enhanced knowledge and skills in the evaluation and application of knowledge of best evidence-based practice to implement appropriate assessment and care for the emergency, acute medicine and urgent care patient.
You will acquire the understanding and skills required to undertake and order a range of common practical assessment skills and diagnostic tests used in the emergency department, acute medicine and urgent care setting.
Your skills in interpreting results of commonly used diagnostic tests in the emergency department, acute medicine and urgent care setting will also be developed.
Emergency Medicine (mandatory)
Credit rating: 15
The unit introduces pharmacists to the underpinning knowledge and understanding of the assessment and the management of patients who are requiring urgent care and who are at risk of becoming acutely unwell.
Working in the clinical environment (emergency department, acute medicine or urgent care setting), this unit will build on existing knowledge of the use of a structured and systematic approach in the assessment of the urgent care patient, identifying the need for physiological and holistic care.
Practitioners can develop competencies in a specific patient group and provide patient-centred care for cohorts of patients in emergency or urgent care whom they are likely to manage within their scope of practice.
You will use a state-of-the-art SimMan to practice clinical skills during your face-to-face study days at the University.
The University of Manchester also offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: [email protected]
Our course will contribute to your annual continuing professional development (CPD) programme as part of the requirements for registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
Our course offers career progression for experienced pharmacists to manage patients in the emergency department or acute medicine setting in addition to working as a member of the multidisciplinary emergency, acute medicine or urgent care team.
This course aims to provide a balance between theoretical and clinical skills and develop participants’ levels of critical enquiry so you can deliver high quality evidence-based care to people with diabetes.
It will also encourage critical thinking through participation in the simulation laboratory, group discussion and presentation.
It will, through an understanding of research methods, encourage the analysis of cutting-edge diabetes research data to develop standards and guidelines for best practice.
The course will develop an enhanced understanding of contemporary approach to diabetes care.
In the UK as elsewhere in the world, the prevalence of diabetes has, according to the WHO and the IDF, reached epidemic proportion and projected to peak to 552 million by the year 2030. A person with diabetes potentially faces a reduced life expectancy of between 6-20 years. The irreversible micro-vascular complications resulting in damage to the eyes (retinopathy), the kidneys (nephropathy), the nerves (neuropathy) and macro-vascular complications namely cardio-vascular diseases (heart attacks and stroke) and insufficiency in blood flow to the legs lead are associated with considerable human, social, and economic costs, and accounts for 10% of the total health care resource expenditure in the UK.
This relentless diabetic epidemic means that its management is becoming a significant healthcare challenge in the UK and as it is worldwide. It is therefore imperative that health care professionals are equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver high quality evidence-based care and to empower people with diabetes to self-management.
The MSc in Diabetes Care will enable you to:
This course has both full-time and part-time routes, comprising of four 16-week semesters which you can take within one or three years, allowing you to exit with one of the following awards:
Postgraduate Certificate: two modules
Postgraduate Diploma: four modules
Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over one year
Postgraduate Certificate: two modules
Postgraduate Diploma: four modules
Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over 3 years
Teaching will take a blended format comprising of lectures, tutorials, group discussion, presentation and peer group critiques. Evaluation and debate will be ongoing during the process of information gathering, the testing of theoretical and practical ideas and the honing of all elements towards the end product.
You will be assessed through:
Health care practitioners who graduate from this course would be employed in practice, management, education and research arenas in the UK and overseas.
Evidence suggests that there is an urgent need to match the ratio of Diabetes Specialist Nurses (DSN) to the number of people with diabetes they care for. DSN can be employed in various sectors of the health service both in the UK and overseas while others can potentially progress into research. Others may choose to go into academia working as lecturers or lecturer-practitioners or diabetes nurse consultants.
This course will suit you if you want to acquire a systematic understanding of the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver high quality evidence-based care to people with diabetes, or if you wish to update your skill for a different but diabetes-related career pathway.
Graduates from this course can potentially apply for such promotional posts as Diabetes Specialist Nurse or Nurse Consultant in Diabetes or Divisional Nurse for Long Term Conditions.
Guest speakers from the clinical areas will provide input in to specific modules. The practical experience to be gained from the simulation laboratory will make a valuable contribution to the course content and will bring a real world perspective to the academic delivery of the modules. These guest lectures will allow course participants to mix with professionals from the diabetes clinical settings and to make connections with them particularly when undertaking research project.
Research in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences is coordinated by Professor Nick Hardiker, Associate Head for Research. There is a pool of fully research-active academic staff and a number of embryonic and early career researchers engaged in a range of innovative and creative projects and in advancing the boundaries of theoretical investigation. Graduates from this course can consider pursuing a Doctorate course of study such as Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Work or the traditional doctoral course.
Find more information about research within the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences.
With more than one million individuals in the UK estimated to be living with dementia by 2025, there is an urgent need for solutions that help people live well with the condition.
This course will equip students with a unique range of skills and experiences providing sought-after expertise to work flexibly and effectively with people living with dementia. You will gain specialist skills enabling you to lead in the field of dementia care.
If you would be interested in the use of co-creation for research and development, working with artists and designers alongside scientists to help people with dementia and their carers then this course is for you.
The Dementia Care Centre is a transdiscplinary training provider and benefits from input from a range of staff from across UWL, including psychology, nursing, hospitality, design and music. The Centre will offer expertise in transdisciplinary approaches to dementia care and opportunities to get involved in innovative projects and placements at progressive care homes. Through this course you can develop innovative solutions and design unique settings and services to help people with dementia.
On this course you will explore contemporary thinking while investigating and analysing current dementia care and services to build an evidence base for best practice. Our aim is to create ambitious, innovative and evidence-based solutions of high quality and high aesthetic value that make lives better for people with dementia. We seek to empower you to be a leader in best dementia care practice and service management.
This course is run by the School of Human and Social Sciences to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your University education.
The staff team within the school are committed to providing an engaging and exciting learning experience in all areas of study, and the level of student support is outstanding.
The School of Human and Social Sciences teaching staff includes:
Victoria Tischler, who has worked in clinical, cultural, charity and academic sectors. She was Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham for 12 years where she retains an honorary position. Her research interests focus on creativity and health, specifically in the area of dementia care. She has worked as a curator and art workshop facilitator, particularly with untrained artists who have experience of mental health problems.
She is executive editor of Arts and Health. She sits on the scientific advisory board for the Boots UK archive. She is a Trustee for Paintings in Hospitals. She joined UWL as Professor in January 2017.
Your postgraduate qualification can take you anywhere, but some of the most popular paths for graduates include direct management of dementia care and delivery.
Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.
Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.
Our one year, part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Enhanced Consultation skills will develop healthcare professionals consultation knowledge and skills and improve clinical competence. This course offers an exciting opportunity to explore the expanding field of advanced practice.
Visit the website: http://bucks.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/MP1ECS2-Y1A/
Is this course for me?
This course is suitable for registered healthcare professionals who wish to enhance their consultation skills, that of physical assessment and clinical decision making. This award facilitates the development of the key skills and competencies required for enhanced consultation, focusing on the practitioners' area of practice.
What will this course cover?
This course is designed to enrich personal and professional competence in regard to patient assessment, decision making and consultation skills. The course offers an exciting opportunity to explore this expanding field of advanced practice and is aimed at registered healthcare professionals working in areas of advanced practice within primary and secondary care settings.
The course team has a wide range of clinical experience and research interests; this includes advanced practice, non-medical prescribing, management of long term conditions and urgent care.
• Physical Assessment of the Adult
• Clinical Decision Making for Advanced Practice
Why choose this course?
The aim of the course is to enable you to develop sound knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
It aims to enhance your ability to assess the patient holistically using a range of different assessment methods through systematic clinical examination of the patients' health history and the buddy systems.
Through this, students will learn to manage complete episodes of care, working in partnership with others, delegation and referral as appropriate to optimise health outcomes and resources, as well as providing direct support to patients.
How will you help me prepare for my future career?
The aim of the programme is to promote an enhanced level of scholarship, develop conceptual insight, skills of interpretation, critical reflection and effective synthesis of knowledge, to inform, develop and enhance patient consolation skills.
How to apply
Apply here: http://bucks.ac.uk/applynow/
This course is aimed at applicants who are training to become an advanced clinical practitioner in a wide variety of healthcare settings. It is intended for experienced healthcare professionals and for those wishing to formalise and develop their role as an advanced clinical practitioner. The course seeks to focus on decision-making, diagnostics, therapeutics, and clinical management. You share learning with others from an extensive range of multi-professional backgrounds to create a vibrant and challenging learning environment.
The core modules focus on the four elements of advanced practice • clinical practice • education • managerial/leadership • research and flexibility is built into this course to enable you to tailor the course and focus on your area of specialism using a wide choice of elective modules.
Recognition of prior credited learning and recognition of prior experiential learning have been adopted for these awards to facilitate entry to the course.
The course enables you to
Learning in multi-professional groups and being taught by a multi-professional teaching team creates a vibrant and challenging learning environment to enhance and extend your knowledge of working in transformational roles such as Advanced Clinical Practice.
This course is designed to provide a platform of essential skills, supported by a variety of pathways that provides you with a genuine choice. This range seeks to provide you with the opportunity to critically discuss cases, demonstrate knowledge within a simulation and develop critical appraisal skills.
You also take part in practical assessments that are designed to ensure that you are safe and able to make judicious clinical decisions based on your knowledge and understanding. The range of your practice related learning is recorded and documented in the Personal and Professional Development Portfolio (PPDP), which is a personal record of learning through the course. The format of your e-portfolio will be dependent on local and professional body requirements.
The course is structured around a combination of both core and elective modules, some of which are delivered via distance learning.
There is an extensive range of elective modules which may be accessed according to individual need and availability.
Year one core modules
Year one options
One of the below elective modules
Year two core modules
Year two options
Year three options
* Note that if opting for the 45 credit version you can chose up to 45 credits from the elective modules, or if you do the 60 credit version, you can choose up to 30 credits maximum from the elective modules.
Successful completion of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice will prepare you to seek an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) post or if already employed as a trainee ACP, to formalise this post with a nationally recognised academic qualification. Successful completion also provides the practitioner with the skill set to take on a more strategic leadership role within a secondary or primary health care setting.
Some typical case study examples of career progression opportunities taken by similarly qualified graduates are • advanced clinical practitioner - emergency department • advanced clinical practitioner - specialist paramedics (emergency and urgent care) • advanced clinical practitioner (trainee) - pharmacist • advanced clinical practitioner - complex mental health needs in prison • advanced clinical practitioner - chartered physiotherapist