This course is taught by a range of experts in clinical examination skills, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics in buildings with state-of-the art clinical skills suites. It provides an opportunity to consolidate your therapeutics skills, gain skills in clinical examination and consultation and benefit from structured patient experience in a supervised practice setting.
On this course you will:
Here are some prescribing settings in which participants on the existing course now practise:
All students on this course will be pharmacists with at least two years post-registration experience. The course further develops your existing knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical pharmacology, therapeutics, consultation skills, physical assessment and the legal and professional aspects of prescribing roles.
Core units in the course include:
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
This course provides an excellent blended learning opportunity with delivery through interactive live and online learning, seminars and workshops. In addition, there is a 90 hour period of learning in practice, which is supervised by a Designated Medical Practitioner.
You will be assessed in ways that align with the practical nature of the course:
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These facilities are used for the teaching and assessment of the clinical skills aspects of the course. You will experience our large, flexible clinical simulation space and our additional clinical skills simulation suite. Our extensive simulation technology equipment, which includes both CAE and Laerdal human patient simulators as well as part-task trainers, is used to provide safe and effective practice of the clinical skills you will learn.
Full video recording facilities are available throughout the suite.
Housed within the New St Michael’s building, these include our IT facilities and counselling suite which are used in the development of your consultation skills. You will be given the opportunity to consult with standardized patient actors during study days. There is facility to record your consultations to allow you to reflect on your skills and identify learning needs.
You will be allocated a personal tutor for the duration of the course. Our tutors are all experienced clinical pharmacists and our team has extensive experience of hospital, community and primary care practice environments, including prescribing roles. Your tutor will provide academic support throughout the course.
As a working pharmacist, it is appreciated that you will have a busy professional role to fulfil whilst studying on this course. The use of distance learning components and availability of the University’s virtual learning environment (including extensive online library facilities) allow you to study in your own time and at your own pace. The study day programme allows regular contact with course staff and includes tutorial sessions designed to support you throughout.
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
Roles our participants from similar courses have taken include independent prescribers for an area of existing clinical experience, such as:
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