PgDip Pharmacy Practice

About the course

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The programme has been designed for Pharmacists who wish to develop their Clinical Pharmacy, Therapeutic Management and Professional Skills and is linked to the Foundation Pharmacy Framework.

Students undertake the certificate in year 1 with progression to the diploma in year 2.  The modules within the programme develops core clinical pharmacy and therapeutic skills with a focus on the management of patients on acute and long-term conditions. Patient safety and leadership in practice are also core elements covered on the modules. Students undertake work-based learning that is supported by a recognised work-based tutor and attend monthly study days at the university of Hertfordshire. 

Why choose this course?

The programme offers

  • 2 year course for Diploma in Pharmacy Practice. Students are able to upgrade to an MSc in Pharmacy Practice post achievement of the PGDip Pharmacy Practice qualification.
  • Clinical and therapeutic focused study days supported by our internationally renowned simulation suite
  • Directed learning with progression to self-directed learning
  • Learning and sharing of experiences with colleagues from other hospitals
  • Programme linked to the Foundation Pharmacy Framework
  • An opportunity for transferring credits/qualifications between universities participating within the JPB collaboration (subject to approval)
  • Historically, funding has always been available from Health Education, England. 

Additional Information

If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £540 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year. Please note that charges based on Health Contract funding may vary.  

Entry requirements...

Applicants for the PGDip Pharmacy Practice should be registered Pharmacists in the UK with the General Pharmaceutical Council. Applicants must have a practice site and work-based tutor recognised by the University of Hertfordshire (transferrable within the JPB collaborative subject to approval)

Structure

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Pharmaceutical Care (Work Based)

    The aim of this module is to develop the student's clinical pharmacy skills to enable them to apply pharmaceutical knowledge to patient care. The module will develop the student to have a systematic approach to clinical problem solving. The module will cover interpretation of laboratory, clinical investigations and near patient data such as the reporting of biochemical tests, plasma electrolytes, renal function tests, thyroid function tests, calcium, phosphate and magnesium and other common tests, drug assays, haematological tests, pathogenicity, identification and classification of common pathogens, systematic antibiotic selection, antibiotic resistance and antibiotic policies. The module will also cover routes of drug administration, availability of route, therapeutic use, drug absorption profiles and bioavailability problems, patient acceptability. In addition the classification, reporting and management of adverse drug reactions will be covered. The module will further cover the pharmacokinetic principles that will allow the student to individualise drug therapy, identify drug interactions and adjust drug therapy as necessary.

  • Professional Development in the NHS (Work Based)

    The aim of this module is to develop the student's professional practice. The module will cover the skills required to have an effective pharmacist' patient relationship such as communication skills, consultation models, motivational interviewing, medication taking behaviour, health behaviours and beliefs. The module will explore the structure of health care sectors and the issues associated with patients moving across the interfaces of health care sectors and the pharmacist s role at the interface, care pathways and discharge planning. The module will also cover clinical governance and risk management In addition national and local agendas in relation to pharmacy practice will be covered and will include the application of pharmacoeconomics and health economics in pharmacy practice at a national and local level. Tutors from other disciplines such as dietetics and pharmacists practicing in the community and primary care also contribute to the delivery of the module. Feedback is sought from students, colleagues within the multi disciplinary team they work in. The module embraces and promotes clinical leadership behaviours including demonstrating personal qualities, working with others, managing services, improving services and setting direction.

Optional

Year 2

Core Modules

  • Applied Therapeutics 1-long term disease states (work based)

    The aim of this module is to provide a detailed understanding of applied therapeutics that will enable the student to pharmaceutically manage long term disease states in their area of practice. The module will cover an in-depth understanding of the therapeutic process of the major chronic disease states in the area that the student practices in, utilising evidence based practice to assist in rational drug therapy, taking into account patient factors and economic considerations. The disease management will be discussed and its relationship to pharmaceutical care. Tutors from other disciplines such as dietetics and pharmacists practicing in the community and primary care also contribute to the delivery of the module. The module embraces and promotes clinical leadership behaviours including demonstrating personal qualities, working with others, managing services, improving services and setting direction.

  • Applied Therapeutics 2-short term/acute disease states (work based)

    The aim of this module is to provide a detailed understanding of applied therapeutics that will enable the student to pharmaceutically manage short term or acute disease states. The module will cover an in-depth understanding of the therapeutic process of the major short term or acute disease states in the area the student practices in, utilising evidence based practice to assist in rational drug therapy, taking into account patient factors and economic considerations. The disease management will be discussed and its relationship to pharmaceutical care. Tutors from other disciplines such as dietetics and pharmacists practicing in the community and primary care also contribute to the delivery of the module. Feedback is sought from students, colleagues within the multi disciplinary team they work in. The module embraces and promotes clinical leadership behaviours including demonstrating personal qualities, working with others, managing services, improving services and setting direction.

Optional

Fees & funding

The government has yet to announce the upper limit of Tuition Fees for applicants wishing to study an undergraduate course in 2018/19. As soon as this information becomes available, our website will be updated and we will contact everyone who has applied to the University to advise them of their Tuition Fee.

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £540 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

International Students

Part time: If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £1010 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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How to apply

2017

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26/09/201730/09/2018Apply online (Part Time)

2018

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26/09/201830/09/2019Apply online (Part Time)

2019

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26/09/201930/09/2020Apply online (Part Time)