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MSc (T) Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice

Academic Year 2017/18

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

MSc (T) Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Science

Programme Code

PMY-MSC-CI

UCAS Code

JACS Code

B230 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

Primary degree in pharmacy
Applicants with relevant postgraduate qualifications obtained within the 5 years prior to entry may be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Part Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

3 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

180

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Pharmacy

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr James Desborough

University of East Anglia

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

Prior to enrolling on the Independent Prescribing option, students must have an agreement in place with a medical practitioner to act as their Designated Medical Practitioner during the twelve days learning in practice (PMY7058).

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On successful completion of the programme, the student will be able to:

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Communicate medicine-related information to patients, carers and prescribers effectively

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom distance-learning texts authored by subject experts

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework

Interpret clinical information and adjust treatment accordingly

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom distance-learning texts authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Online testing
Written examination

Critically evaluate published research

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom distance-learning texts authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework

Recognise, evaluate and respond to influences on prescribing at individual, local and national levels (Independent prescribing option)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students learn the relevant theory in the taught modules and learn to apply the theory in the workshop components and the practice-based training component.

Methods of Assessment

Portfolio
Written coursework
Online testing

Apply analytical, judgemental and interpretational skills when making decisions in complex situations (Independent prescribing option)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students learn the relevant theory in the taught modules and learn to apply the theory in the workshop components and the practice-based training component.

Methods of Assessment

Portfolio
Written coursework
Online testing

Demonstrate the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students are required to learn in an independent manner throughout

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Online testing
Written examination

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate effective written communication skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom distance-learning texts authored by subject experts, supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Written examination
Dissertation

Write in a scientific manner

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom distance-learning texts authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Dissertation

Manage time effectively

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The distance learning format requires disciplined time management, students must complete the learning material and submit assessments according to a module timetable

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Dissertation

Design research studies that employ appropriate research methodologies

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom distance-learning texts authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Dissertation

Selection, application and interpretation of common statistical methods and associated numeracy and IT skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom distance-learning texts authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Dissertation

Demonstrate effective consultation and decision-making skills (Independent prescribing option)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students attend clinical skills workshops and participate in 12 days of practice-based training with their Designated Medical Practitioner

Methods of Assessment

Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Provide safe and effective clinical pharmacy services

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom distance-learning texts authored by subject experts, supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework

Discuss the therapeutic options and strategies available for the treatment of a range of long-term diseases and conditions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom distance-learning texts authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Written examination

Describe the clinical trials process

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom distance-learning texts authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework

Discuss the therapeutic options and strategies available for the management of the disease in which the student intends to prescribe (Independent prescribing option)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online resources and self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Online testing

Discuss the influences on and psychology of prescribing in a public health context (Independent prescribing option)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students learn the relevant theory in the taught modules and learn to apply the theory in the workshop components and the practice-based training component

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework

Discuss the legal, policy, professional and ethical aspects of prescribing (Independent prescribing option)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students learn the relevant theory in the taught modules and learn to apply the theory in the workshop components and the practice-based training component.

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Interpret and maintain clinical records of patients with common long-term diseases and conditions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom distance-learning texts authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Written examination

Interpret clinical information and make treatment recommendations based on clinical laboratory test results

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom distance-learning texts authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Online testing
Written examination

Minimise risks associated with drug treatment in patients with common long-term diseases and conditions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom distance-learning texts authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Online testing
Written examination

Assess and prioritise the pharmaceutical care of patients with common long-term diseases and conditions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom distance-learning texts authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework

Optimise the drug treatment of patients with common long-term diseases and conditions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom distance-learning texts authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Written examination

Undertake pharmacy practice research using appropriate methodologies and analysis techniques

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom distance-learning texts authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Dissertation

Make prescribing decisions based on interpretation of monitoring parameters and knowledge of the disease state of the patient (Independent prescribing option)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students learn the relevant theory in the taught modules and learn to apply the theory in the workshop components and the practice-based training component

Methods of Assessment

Portfolio
Written coursework

Undertake appropriate physical examination of patients (Independent prescribing option)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students learn the relevant theory in the taught modules and learn to apply the theory in the workshop components and the practice-based training component

Methods of Assessment

Portfolio
Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

Prescribe effectively as a member of the healthcare team (Independent prescribing option)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Students learn the relevant theory in the taught modules and learn to apply the theory in the workshop components and the practice-based training component

Methods of Assessment

Portfolio

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Clinical Management Planning

PMY7054

7

10

YES

8 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Prescribing and monitoring treatment

PMY7055

7

10

YES

8 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Disease Management

PMY7056

7

10

YES

8 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Professional aspects of prescribing

PMY7057

7

10

YES

8 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Critical Literature Review

PMY7026

7

20

30 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Prescribing in Practice

PMY7058

7

20

30 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Research Project

PMY7090

7

60

52 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Prescribing audit and analysis

PMY7064

7

10

YES

7 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Health Promotion

PMY7066

7

10

YES

7 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Management of long-term conditions 1

PMY7034

7

20

YES

15 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Management of long-term conditions 2

PMY7035

7

20

YES

15 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Practice Research Project A

PMY7043

7

15

52 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Infection and antimicrobial stewardship

PMY7025

7

10

7 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Medicines Governance - ensuring patient safety

PMY7029

7

10

7 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Evidence-based practice

PMY7018

7

10

YES

7 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Managing drug treatment

PMY7045

7

10

YES

7 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Adverse drug reactions and interactions

PMY7010

7

10

YES

7 weeks

N

YES

80%

20%

0%

Medicines Optimisation

PMY7005

7

10

7 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Effective communication and consultation

PMY7006

7

10

7 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

An introduction to clinical practice research and clinical trials

PMY7007

7

10

7 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

An introduction to statistical methods

PMY7008

7

10

7 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Development as an advanced practitioner

PMY7068

7

30

30 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

An introduction to UK Clinical practice

PMY7069

7

30

30 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

In both years 1 and 2, students are required to complete compulsory modules totalling 40 credits plus two 10 credit modules from the options provided. In year 3, students are required to complete modules totalling 60 credits from the options provided.

Students in Great Britain may select the Independent Prescribing option (60 credits) in year 2.