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Psychiatric Pharmacy (by Distance Learning and Practice) - PGDip

Course content

-A work based practical programme of study which builds on and allows application of knowledge gleaned during the Certificate in Psychiatric Therapeutics
-The qualification is often a requirement for specialist mental health pharmacist posts in the NHS
-Written, taught and assessed by specialist mental health pharmacists

Course outline

Practice-based clinical modules:
-Introduction to Clinical Practice
-Clinical Interventions
-Formulary Development, Clinical Audit and Communication

Compulsory knowledge based components:
-Psychological Therapies
-Substance Misuse
-Evidence Based Medicine and Information Technology
-Pharmacoeconomics

Plus a choice of two from the following four:
-Research Methods
-Learning Disabilities
-Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
-Epilepsy

Learning, teaching & assessment

The range of learning methods will be used, including distance learning materials, directed reading, self assessed exercises, additional reading and participation in a multi disciplinary forum (MDT).

Assessment is by assignments, clinical proformas, oral case presentations and a final examination.

Career prospects

This qualification is often a requirement for specialist clinical mental health posts in the NHS.

“Specialist status” as deemed by Membership of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy is also increasingly expected for higher level clinical posts in the NHS. The Diploma forms part of the pathway for this accreditation.

Personal development

The following skills will be developed:
-Independent study
-Good time management
-Effective written communication
-Effective oral communication
-Effective information retrieval, organisation and presentation

Professional accreditation

The programme is supported by the College of Mental Health Pharmacists (CMHP).

Visit the Psychiatric Pharmacy (by Distance Learning and Practice) - PGDip page on the Aston University website for more details!

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