The General Pharmacy Practice PGDip is a Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) Foundation Programme that helps you as a newly qualified pharmacist to consolidate your knowledge and skills in a professional environment.
It comprises a total of three work placements and teaches further academic background to clinical practice. The curriculum is developed through the work of the Joint Programmes Board (JPB), a collaboration of universities across London and the south-east.
The course qualifies you not only for the PGDip but also for an NHS Statement of Completion of General Pharmacist Training.
The course is split into two stages: Foundation Stage 1 (which qualifies you for the PGCert) and Foundation Stage 2 (which qualifies you for the PGDip).
The educational aims of the curriculum are to develop general skills, knowledge, competencies and attitudes to ensure the highest professional performance and conduct. Practice activities are a required component of the course and all students will undertake these activities under the guidance of an accredited practice tutor.
Foundation Stage 1 (PGCert)
The first stage lasts approximately 18 months and consists of one module: Practitioner Development and Establishment of Professional and Clinical Practice. This is primarily completed in the workplace but also involves occasional study days.
You can defer stage 2 after the completion of stage 1 if you want some time out in between. You can restart at any time so long as you finish the degree within six years of registration.
Foundation Stage 2 (PGDip)
The second stage lasts approximately one year and is comprised of two modules, each in a defined area of practice. It prepares you for work as a band 7 pharmacist.
Careers and Employability
The course is a fundamental element of the practitioner development strategy for pharmacists' careers within the NHS. This strategy incorporates a competency-based career pathway from junior bands through to consultant pharmacists.