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This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and has been designed to enhance your practice as a pharmacist and the delivery of care to your patients by enabling you to manage fully patients’ medication as an independent prescriber.

Course Outline

This course comprises of one Level 7, 60-credit module that has been developed in accordance with the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) requirements, and is approved by Health Education West Midlands.

This generic course has been designed to expand students’ existing knowledge and develop prescribing skills to support effective clinical care of patients in a patient-facing prescribing role. This course is suitable for all clinical specialties.

The aim of this course is to enable students to:
-Understand the role and responsibilities of an independent prescriber
-Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively
-Use diagnostic aids relevant to the conditions for which the pharmacist intends to prescribe, including monitoring response to therapy
-Develop effective communication skills and relationships with patients, carers, other prescribers and members of the healthcare team
-Describe the pathophysiology of the condition being treated, and recognise the signs and symptoms of illness
-Take an accurate medical history and carry out relevant clinical assessments
-Utilise knowledge and skills in a critical and systematic manner

When achieved, students will be able to:
-Identify and evaluate presenting complaints of patients
-Respond to varied clinical situations, multiple pathologies or complex medical needs, guided by consultation and diagnostic methods designed to establish reliable identification of clinical presentations and therapeutic options

Learning, Teaching & Assesment

The contents of this blended learning course are directed by the GPhC guidance titled: "Pharmacist independent prescribing programme - learning outcomes and indicative content". The course follows the consultation process, leading to appropriate prescribing and related patient monitoring.

Learning and teaching methods include:
-Face-to-face and hands-on learning and teaching
-Directed and student-managed learning
-Experiential learning

The course includes the development of:
-A portfolio of in-practice learning, including reflective evidence of competence for prescribing
-Clinical Management Plans
-Clinical case presentations

Methods of assessment include:
-OSCEs (x5)
-Portfolio of experiential learning, including Clinical Management Plans
-1 oral presentation based on one of two written cases relevant to the student’s area of competency
Written exam (2 hours)

Career Opportunities

Successful candidates will qualify to apply for an annotation on the GPhC register as an Independent Prescriber

Visit the Pharmacist Independent Prescribing - PGCert page on the Aston University website for more details!

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