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PgCert Independent Prescribing

Academic Year 2021/22

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

PgCert Independent Prescribing

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

Postgraduate Certificate

Programme Code

PMY-PC-IN

UCAS Code

HECoS Code

100251

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Part Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

60

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Pharmacy

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 7

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

Accreditations (PSRB)

Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and General Pharmaceutical Council

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 13-06-19

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

1. Students must have an agreement in place with a suitable prescriber to act as their Designated Prescribing Practitioner during their twelve days learning in practice.

2. In addition to the taught modules, a portfolio of professional competencies must be passed before the prescribing certificate can be awarded.

GPhC Standards for the education and training of pharmacist independent prescribers state:

7.10 Pharmacist independent prescribers in training must pass all summative assessments before being signed off.

7.11 On patient safety grounds, compensation or condonation are not allowed on courses for pharmacist independent prescribers in training.

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, students are eligible to register as an Independent Prescriber (IP) with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and/or the General Pharmaceutical Council.

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

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 Prescribing Practitioner

Methods of Assessment

Portfolio
Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

Manage their time effectively

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The taught modules are delivered online whereby students are required to plan and implement their own learning schedule

Methods of Assessment

Portfolio
Written coursework

Learn in an independent manner

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The taught modules are delivered online whereby students are required to plan and implement their own learning schedule

Methods of Assessment

Portfolio
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 the disease in which the student intends to prescribe

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online resources, practice-based and self-directed learning

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Portfolio

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 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 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:

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 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 practice-based training component

Methods of Assessment

Portfolio
Objective 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 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 %

Person-centred care and collaboration

PMY7070

7

10

YES

4 weeks

N

YES

25%

75%

0%

Disease management

PMY7071

7

10

YES

8 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Clinical skills

PMY7072

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

0%

100%

0%

Professionalism

PMY7073

7

10

YES

4 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Learning in practice

PMY7074

7

20

YES

YES

20 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes