Clinical Pharmacy modules
The course philosophy is to provide a variety of learning activities and styles to achieve your CPD and continually improve the quality of the clinical care delivered to patients. The core and optional modules enable flexibility and choice to meet your requirements.
All students will study the same modules at certificate stage:
- Clinical Foundations (15 credits) - this module enables students to develop the necessary understanding and skills to facilitate the delivery of medicines management in the areas of diagnostic testing and monitoring of disease processes and drug therapies.
The learning materials will equip students with an understanding of the tests required for the diagnosis and monitoring of common conditions, therapeutic drug handling in special circumstances, for example pregnancy, and the management of adverse drug reactions and drug interactions.
This module also aims to enable students to develop self-evaluation and reflective skills, so that they can reflect on their development as a pharmacist.
- Clinical Practice 2 (15 credits) - this enables students to develop the necessary understanding and skills to facilitate the delivery of pharmaceutical care in the clinical areas of psychiatry, palliative care and gastrointestinal conditions.
This module also aims to enable students to develop critical analysis, medicines management and reflective skills. Topic covered include: depression, anxiety, insomnia, schizophrenia, palliative care, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcer disease, irritable bowel syndrome and ischaemic bowel disease.
This module also aims to enable students to develop critical analysis, medicines management and reflective skills.
At diploma stage all students will study the core clinical module:
Students will choose 45 credits worth of modules from following:
- Quality Improvement (previously known as Service Evaluation) (15 credits) - this module, based on the quality improvement agenda, is designed to develop students' understanding of theoretical and professional aspects of clinical pharmacy practice and services. Students will develop a critical appreciation of how pharmaceutical services are managed taking account of national and local healthcare structure, policy and priorities. Students will appreciate the blurring of boundaries that may occur when decisions relating to clinical practice overlap with management and organisational priorities. Students will be encouraged to explore the natural tensions that exist between clinical decision-making and the reality of providing pharmaceutical services within a quality and cost-conscious health economy. Students will develop their skills of critically analysing and devising improvements to services.
- Practice Development (15 credits) - this module enables students to build on the clinical, problem solving and communication skills developed in the Practice Foundations module. Learning can be tailored to meet the individual needs of pharmacists working in different areas of pharmacy practice. Topics covered include ethics and decision making processes, plus the balancing of clinical agendas with patient’s day to day living and concerns.
- Pharmacists providing support in Primary Care (15 Credits) - this module aims to introduce pharmacists to the skills, knowledge and resources required to develop an autonomous patient-facing clinical role within the primary care setting. Pharmacists will become familiar with the monitoring parameters and quality criteria used in primary care. Pharmacists will self-assess their own skills and experience and consider how they can apply their knowledge and skills to best benefit the quality of care provide by the practice.
- Secondary Care (15 Credits) - this module aims to introduce pharmacists to the skills, knowledge and resources required to develop an autonomous patient-facing clinical roles within the secondary care setting. Pharmacists will become familiar with the guidelines, recommendations, evidence sources and management principles used in a range of conditions, including: the management of nausea and vomiting, nil by mouth patients, constipation, wound care, drug misuse, pain, infections, antibiotic therapy, enteral and parenteral feeding and patients undergoing surgery. Pharmacists will develop their clinical knowledge by using medicines optimisation and reflective skills particularly in their role as a practitioner within a multidisciplinary team (MDT) to best benefit the quality of care provided to the patient and members of the multi-disciplinary team.
Public Health (15 Credits) - increasingly pharmacists are being expected to contribute to disease prevention and public health interventions. This module aims to equip pharmacists with the knowledge necessary to adapt to this changing role. Topics covered will include: epidemiology of disease, the social determinants of health and the social context of healthcare practice, approaches to health promotion, health psychology.
- Independent Prescribing* - prepares pharmacists to become independent prescribers as recognised by the GPhC. Please see the webpage for further information on the Independent Prescribing module.
- Research Methods* - provides a thorough preparation for the conduct of a MSc level dissertation involving the handling of complex data sets, covering qualitative and quantitative data analysis and study design.
To complete the MSc, students will have to complete the Research Methods module.
* Please note: the Research Methods and Independent Prescribing modules are not eligible for funding under the Pharmacy Integration Fund.