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Dip (PD) Advanced 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

Dip (PD) Advanced Pharmacy Practice

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

Postgraduate Diploma

Programme Code

PMY-PD-AP

UCAS Code

JACS Code

B230 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

Employment as a hospital pharmacist in Northern Ireland.
Applications will be considered from hospital pharmacists in the Republic of Ireland providing they are supported by the applicant's employer.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Part Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

24 Months

Total Credits for Programme

120

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

This programme is open to hospital pharmacists who have completed the NICPLD Foundation/Vocational Training programme or for Band 7 hospital pharmacists who have sufficient relevant accredited prior certificated or experiential learning (APCL/APEL), as judged by the School’s APL panel.

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:

Register as Independent Prescribers with the Pharmaceutical Society of NI or the General Pharmaceutical Council.
Manage the drug treatment of patients in four key therapeutic areas: diabetes and common respiratory, cardiovascular and infectious diseases.
Demonstrate ‘Excellence’ standard based on the competencies defined in the Advanced and Consultant Level Framework (ACLF) clusters ‘Expert Professional Practice’ and ‘Building Working Relationships’.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Recognise, evaluate and respond to influences on prescribing at individual, local and national levels

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

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

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 and work-based learning

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Online testing
Written examination

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

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Demonstrate effective consultation and decision-making skills

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)

Manage their time effectively

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The taught modules utilise a distance-learning format whereby students are required to plan and implement their own learning schedule

Methods of Assessment

Portfolio
Written coursework

Critically evaluate clinical and scientific literature

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

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

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Discuss the therapeutic options and strategies available for the management of patients with diabetes, infection and common cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

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

Methods of Assessment

Portfolio
Online testing
OSCEs/oral cases

Discuss the influences on and psychology of prescribing in a public health context

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

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

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 and work-based learning
Workshops

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Online testing

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Make prescribing decisions based on interpretation of monitoring parameters and knowledge of the disease state of the patient

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

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

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

5 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Prescribing and monitoring treatment

PMY7055

7

10

YES

5 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Disease Management

PMY7056

7

10

YES

5 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Professional aspects of prescribing

PMY7057

7

10

YES

5 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Advanced therapeutics

PMY7040

7

20

6 weeks

N

YES

0%

100%

0%

Hospital Dispensary Services

PMY7046

7

15

YES

8 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Hospital Technical Services

PMY7047

7

15

YES

7 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Hospital Clinical Services

PMY7048

7

15

YES

8 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Clinical Effectiveness

PMY7049

7

15

YES

7 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes