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PgDip Pharmacy Practice (Top-up to MSc)

Key information

Course Leader: Nikkie Umaru

Level: 7

Start date: September 2023

Mode of delivery: blended learning

School: Life & Medical Sciences

Entry Requirements

1. A first degree, in pharmacy and registration as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or equivalent authority in the U.K.

2. Practitioners must be working (employed or self-employed) within an organisation providing patient facing healthcare services whilst enrolled on the course. 

3. Practitioners must have access to patients and their health related data.

4. Normally the candidate will have a work-based tutor in their workplace. 

 

For those students on the programme pathway (entry at Year 1 and Year 2 Level), the deadline for applications is 18th August 2023.  Please note, there are induction sessions for students studying on the programme pathway. 

Year 1 induction on campus - room 1C100 12th September, Cohort A (9am-12pm) Cohort B (2pm-5pm)

Year 2 induction on-line 13th September, Cohort A (9am-11am) Cohort B (1pm-3pm)

The primary aim of the programme is to equip students with the core skills and competencies required to provide pharmaceutical care in their practice setting at their expected level of practice.  The course works on a philosophy of student centred workplace learning.  The ethos and culture of the course are to enhance and develop self-reliance and an independent approach to learning in support of continuing professional development. The changes in healthcare service provision  and the implications for the changing role of Pharmacists are integral to the development of this programme. Patient safety, medicines optimisation and evidence-based practice are integral to the goals of developing healthcare services and are fundamental to safe effective and rational use of medicines.

Students will attend an induction session at the beginning of their programme of study or at the beginning of a new academic year. This is an essential element to engage the students in the Programme and the University. The induction will cover an overview of the programme’s aims and objectives ensuring that students have the necessary information concerning the processes of each module and University policies.  It is also an opportunity for students to meet with the various members of the programme and teaching staff. All students will have a work-based tutor or academic tutor and in some organisations, access to a practice supervisor. 

There are dedicated study days throughout semesters A, B and C. The format of the study day will vary according to the nature of the topic or module being delivered. Students can expect a blended learning approach that may involve didactic teaching in the form of a lecture, case based learning, group discussion and student feedback. Experts in the field deliver learning and teaching on study days. The experts are either members of the UH teaching team or have been commissioned as recognised experts on the topic area.  Students are expected to have patient-facing commitments to provide direct access to patient care. Activities undertaken, as routine practice will form part of the learning and support will be provided by work based or academic tutors.

The modules that can be undertaken to contribute towards this programme are listed below under relevant categories.  The choice of modules available to applicants depends on their entry category.  Please select the appropriate category in the drop down menu when you click 'Apply'

Core Modules:

Year 1

Clinical patient assessment and consultation (15 credits)

Clinical patient care 1 (15 credits)

Evidence based provision of pharmaceutical services (15 credits)

Year 2

Clinical patient care 2 (15 credits)

Clinical patient care 3 (15 credits)

Year 3

Research project (60 credits) or Service development project (30 credits)

Students in Year 2 & Year 3 can undertake Non Medical Prescribing apply here, unless you are undertaking the Research Project, then this is not permittable. 

You must contact CPDhealth@herts.ac.uk to obtain the Supplementry Application Form (SAF) for NMP, please state that you are part of the LMPPPGD programme.

 

Optional Modules:

Year 1

Parenteral drug administration and therapeutic drug monitoring (15 credits)

Pharmaceutical care for older people (15 credits)

Paediatric pharmaceutical care (15 credits)

Pharmaceutical care in oncology

Year 2 

Service review and improvement (30 credits)

Year 2 & 3

Independent prescribing for pharmacists (30 credits); specified GPhC requirements apply. Please ensure you complete the Supplementry Application Form (SAF) for NMP, when applying. 

Evidence based practice (30 credits)

Promoting health (30 credits)

Therapeutics of skin conditions (30 credits)

Leadership, Education and developing others (30 credits)

 

Prerequisites

1. A first degree, in pharmacy and registration as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or equivalent authority in the U.K.

2. Practitioners must be working (employed or self-employed) within an organisation providing patient facing healthcare services whilst enrolled on the course. 

3. Practitioners must have access to patients and their health related data.

4. Normally the candidate will have a work-based tutor in their workplace. 

 

Learning outcomes

The following learning outcome are expected on completion of the programme

1. Acquire and develop a systematic knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of patient care and pharmacy services delivery within an integrated care system.

2. Demonstrate evidence based approach to practice.

3. Acquire and develop effective clinical skills to deliver safe and effective patient care services

4. Demonstrate the ability to work as general to advanced level practitioners by achieving the attributes of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Foundation Pharmacy Framework.

5. Acquire and develop the skills to plan and evaluate personal practice which is responsive to the needs of the practitioner’s organisation and wider society.

 

Level

7

Course Leader

Nikkie Umaru

Start date

September 2023

Mode of delivery

blended learning

Faculty

Life & Medical Sciences

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