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Course content

The course is aimed at experienced pharmacy practitioners in primary, intermediate or secondary care.

You learn how to demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge to prescribe safely and effectively in your area of practice. Throughout the course you gain skills and confidence. You improve your experience in the physical assessment of patients and the course allows you to demonstrate an effective use of diagnostic aids to support your diagnosis in your area of practice.
You demonstrate your knowledge of medical conditions that impact your prescribing practice area, including an understanding of the pathophysiology of disease and the ability to recognise signs and symptoms, as well as monitor response to treatment and review working diagnoses.

As an independent prescriber you gain a clear understanding of your roles and responsibilities on this course. You work in your own area of competence while building you understanding of onward referal pathways.

You learn how to demonstrate clinical skills including history taking, consultation and physical assessment and the course also places a lot of emphasis on the importance of clinical governance, good record keeping and audits.

You gain skills in communicating effectively with patients, carers and in your multi-disciplinary team.

As the course links you with other allied health professionals taking a non medical prescribing course you also benefit from interprofessional learning. There are opportunities to meet other students during your on campus learning or via online discussion forums provided by out virtual learning environment.

On completing the module you will have developed your skills as an individual by extending your scope practice to include effective prescribing.The programme will advance your clinical practice and enhance career opportunities.

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Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Course structure

Combines on campus and distance learning. Start date - September and February.
Block teaching - 8 days.
Distance learning - equivalent to 18 days.

-This course is a stand alone module.

Assessment: exam, reflective portfolio.

Other admission requirements

You will have identified a designated medical practitioner (DMP) who will have agreed to provided supervision, support and shadowing opportunities for you and be familiar with GPhC requirements of the programme and the learning objectives. You will demonstrate on application how you reflect on your personal performance and take responsibility for your CPD. This will be assessed by your employer (clinical manager and organisational non medical prescribing lead) as part of the application process. Your employer will ensure you have a current ( within the last 3 years) DBS check which is included as part of the application process.
As the module includes distance learning you will have IT ability and access to both computer and internet. The module is not available to pharmacists outside of the UK.

Visit the Pharmacist Independent Prescribing page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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