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PgDip Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice

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

PgDip Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice

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

Postgraduate Diploma

Programme Code

PMY-PD-CI

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

2 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

120

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)

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

Students who wish to select the Independent Prescribing option in Year 2 must meet the following criteria:

1. 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 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 study materials authored by subject experts

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework

Interpret clinical information and adjust treatment accordingly

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom study materials authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Written examination

Critically evaluate published research

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom study materials 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
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 study materials authored by subject experts, supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Written examination

Write in a scientific manner

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom study materials authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework

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

Design research studies that employ appropriate research methodologies

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom study materials authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom study materials authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework

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 Prescribing Practitioner

Methods of Assessment

Portfolio
Objective 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 study materials 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 study materials 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 study materials 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, 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 (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 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 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 study materials 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 study materials authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Written examination

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom study materials authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Written examination

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom study materials 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 study materials authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework
Written examination

Plan pharmacy practice research using appropriate methodologies and analysis techniques

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Custom study materials authored by subject experts and supplemented by relevant online resources

Methods of Assessment

Written coursework

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 practice-based training component

Methods of Assessment

Portfolio
Objective 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 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 %

Critical Literature Review

PMY7026

7

20

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Consultation and communication skills

PMY7054

7

10

YES

4 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Developing evidence in practice

PMY7103

7

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Management of long-term conditions 2

PMY7105

7

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Management of long-term conditions 1

PMY7104

7

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Management of long-term conditions 3

PMY7106

7

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Introduction to clinical pharmacy

PMY7100

7

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Managing drug treatment

PMY7101

7

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Advancing practice in primary care

PMY7102

7

30

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Influences on and psychology of prescribing and patient-centred care

PMY7053

7

10

YES

4 weeks

N

YES

0%

0%

100%

Evidence-based medicine and safe prescribing

PMY7052

7

10

YES

4 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Professionalism

PMY7057

7

10

YES

4 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Clinical skills, patient monitoring and onward referral

PMY7055

7

10

YES

8 weeks

N

YES

0%

100%

0%

Disease Management

PMY7056

7

10

YES

4 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Prescribing in Practice

PMY7058

7

0

YES

YES

28 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

In both years 1 and 2, students are required to complete two 30 credit modules from the options provided.

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