Our blended learning PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine enables registered pharmacists to independently evaluate and assess patients who present to the emergency department.
You will also build the knowledge and skills needed to independently recommend and/or prescribe appropriate medicines for emergency treatment.
Hospital pharmacists will be able to manage emergency department patients in addition to working as part of a multidisciplinary emergency team upon completion of the course.
The course consists of two 30-credit postgraduate short courses: Independent Prescribing andAdvanced Clinical Skills . Independent Prescribing is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
This course aims to produce graduates who:
Our blended learning approach means you can fit online learning around face-to-face sessions and your other commitments.
Take advantage of Manchester's modern pharmacy teaching and learning facilities, including a state-of-the-art SIM Man to practice clinical skills.
The need for this course has been identified through national pilot work, where the impact of pharmacists in emergency departments working as independent prescribers with advanced clinical skills was assessed.
This assessment showed that hospital pharmacists with these additional skills of independent prescribing and advanced clinical assessment could manage up to 35.7% of patients presenting to the emergency department (ED).
The role for pharmacists working in the ED is an exciting opportunity to work in a new field of practice.
We use a blended format where learning is supported through online teaching materials delivered through Manchester's virtual learning environment (VLE).
Flipped classroom strategies will allow theory and knowledge-based learning to be delivered online in weekly segments, and face-to-face learning will be utilised for skills and problem-based learning.
There will be up to eight mandatory face-to-face sessions in each unit to focus on problem-based and collaborative teaching strategies.
These sessions will also support the delivery of medical examination, consultation and Advanced Clinical Skills course components.
The structured online programme will support these contact days and allow you to learn at a time that is convenient to you, providing flexibility around your work commitments.
We use a range of assessment methods for each unit.
Advanced Clinical Skills
You will be able to use a state-of-the-art SIM Man to practice clinical skills during the face-to-face study days at the University. There will be supported learning in the emergency department where you are based.
The University of Manchester offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .
Taking this course will contribute to your annual continuing professional development as part of the requirements for registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
Completing this course offers career progression for experienced hospital pharmacists to manage patients in the emergency department, in addition to working as a member of the multidisciplinary team in this department.
The Independent Prescribing unit is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).