Medicines management describes a system of processes and behaviours that determines how medicines are used by patients and the NHS. Effective medicines management places the patient as the primary focus of interventions by health care professionals and is a key driver for NHS modernisation in the UK.
The Medway School of Pharmacy's innovative postgraduate distance-learning programme in Medicines Management equips healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to medicines management services and to individual drug therapy decisions in primary and secondary care.
The programme is delivered by flexible learning and is structured to enable the student to incorporate learning directly into the workplace. The material provided for self-study is designed for use by all health professionals involved in medicines management and reflects the most recent evidence and practice.
There are two main pathways to the qualification of MSc Medicines Management. Students can either take the PGCert Independent/Supplementary Prescribing and then continue with compulsory and optional courses reach Diploma level or they can complete optional and compulsory courses to reach achieve both Certificate and Diploma. A research project and dissertation is required to complete the MSc. Regardless of the pathway chosen, course options allow students to achieve personal goals within the credit totals for each stage of the degree. They can thus provide a valuable means of supporting continuing professional development or can be used as a training package to support service developments in primary or secondary care.
The aims of the programme are:
- To equip health care professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to medicines management services and to individual drug therapy decisions in primary and secondary care
- To incorporate learning directly into the workplace and enable the student to rise to the challenges presented by the new, patient centred NHS.
We offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes and courses for pharmacists and other health-care professionals. Our Medway School of Pharmacy is a unique collaboration between the Universities of Greenwich and Kent. We have designed innovative patient focused programmes to address the needs of healthcare professionals. A significant investment in facilities and equipment has allowed us to embark on our objective of establishing an internationally recognised research reputation based on multidisciplinary team work.
What you'll study
Using Evidence Effectively (10 credits) Medication Review in Practice (10 credits) Medicines Management in Practice (10 credits) Consultation and Communication in Practice: Patients as Partners (10 credits) Research Project (60 credits)
Minor Ailments: Infections and Infestations (10 credits) Minor Ailments: Pain (5 credits) Asthma (5 credits) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (5 credits) Hypertension (5 credits) Heart Failure (5 credits) Ischaemic Heart Disease (5 credits) Type 2 Diabetes (5 credits) Type 1 Diabetes (5 credits) Bipolar Affective Disorder (5 credits) Depression (5 credits) Dementia (5 credits) Patient Monitoring in Practice (5 credits) Advanced Patient Monitoring in Practice (5 credits) Skills for Medicines Use Review (5 credits) Engaging with Primary Care: Medicines Optimisation in Practice (30 credits)
Fees and finance
Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our: - Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg) - International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)
Students are assessed through case study analysis, critical appraisal of literature, assignments, including short essays, and a research project.
Graduates from this programme can pursue opportunities for practitioners skilled in medicines management.