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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

PGCert Clinical Pharmacy

1. Programme Details

Programme namePGCert Clinical Pharmacy Programme codePCT1EMSEMS11
Study mode(s) Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)St Luke's (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

Healthcare practitioners are taking an increasing role in delivering clinical care in the UK.  Healthcare delivery is complex for several reasons including the rise in multi-morbidity, issued prescriptions and polypharmacy. This programme has been designed to build on your expertise in medicines by developing your knowledge, skills and confidence in clinical assessment and management within the context of clinical care. In addition, you will develop a critical and reflective approach to professional practice. Practical workshops, small group discussions and project work will form part on the programme as well as lead lectures from experienced primary and secondary care practitioners and researchers.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The educational aims of the Masters in Clinical Pharmacy are to:

 

  • Provide you with a ‘practitioner-scholar’ led environment of multi-disciplinary learning and the sharing of ideas, perspective and experiences related to real-world clinical and healthcare scenarios
  • Inspire you to explore and consider options to complex scenarios from the perspective of: patients, health care practitioners and health care systems and models.
  • Support your development as a practitioner-scholar through a phased introduction to clinical assessment, including examination techniques and communication skills, clinical management, applying evidence to practice and research methods
  • Enable you to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and reflect on the translation of research into healthcare practice, and significant events into quality improvement activities.
  • Provide opportunities through assessed tasks to: reflect on clinical practice, research the evidence for clinical care, develop clinical skills and design quality improvement activities.

 

The programme has been designed to offer flexibility. There is one 15 credit compulsory module and a range of other modules. 120 credits need to have been acquired before learners can progress to the Dissertation stage which is the final stage to obtaining the MSc in Clinical Pharmacy (60 credits). These modules can be studied on a part-time or full-time basis.

 

A blended approach to learning will be achieved through taught sessions, clinical skills practice and case-based discussion along with the support of online resources and moderated activities on the University of Exeter’s electronic learning platforms. Expert tutors and guest lecturers will represent an appropriately diverse range of clinical and research backgrounds.

 

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

The MSc Clinical Pharmacy is a 12 month full-time equivalent programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The MSc may be taken in one year full-time, or part-time over two or three years. .The programme is divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

The MSc requires 180 credits, of which 120 credits are taught modules and 60 credits is the Dissertation. 

The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Clinical Pharmacy is also offered, consisting of 60 credits of taught modules. 

The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in in Clinical Pharmacy is also offered, consisting of 120 credits of taught modules. 

These awards are offered in the following five configurations: 

  • PGCert: 1 year part-time – 1 x 15 credit compulsory taught modules plus 45 credits of optional modules
  • PGDip: 2 years part-time – 1 x 15 credit compulsory taught module (normally to be taken in the first year) plus 105 credits of optional modules
  • MSc: 1 year full time: 1 x 15 credit compulsory taught modules, 105 credits of optional taught plus 60 credit dissertation
  • MSc: 2 years part-time: 1 x 15 credit compulsory taught module (normally to be taken in the first year), 105 credits of optional taught modules plus 60 credit dissertation
  • MSc 3 years part-time: 1 x 15 credit compulsory taught module (normally to be taken in the first year), 105 credits of optional taught modules plus 60 credit dissertation 

 

Students who decide to choose the Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing 45 credit module, will be required to undergo a separate admissions process, in addition to the initial admissions process that they have completed to secure a place on the MSc Clinical Pharmacy course. This is to ensure that they meet the specific requirements of the Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing module i.e. they must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council or Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and must meet the required eligibility criteria.

 

Students who successfully complete the credit requirement of the 180 credit programme will be awarded a MSc Clinical Pharmacy.

Note: All programmes address the same set of ILOs. However, PGDip and MSc are able to address ILOs in greater depth. Some of the assessment methods mapped to ILOs are module specific.

 

Our PGT programmes are designed as standalone courses but the College also aims to provide flexibility where possible. We recognise that students may sometimes wish to take a module from elsewhere in the College, or the wider University, to fit in with their specific research or professional interests. A taught Certificate is made up of 60 credits.  Normally at least 45 credits of taught modules will need be taken from within the named award in order to graduate with that award. That means that 15 credits could be made up from one or more modules from another programme(s) in place of your scheduled ones, depending on the module prerequisites, the contact days of the modules and your funding source.  There may be an additional fee associated with certain postgraduate modules. It is also important to note that the timing of your new module’s contact days and assessments might conflict with your existing programme of studies. If after considering these factors you would like to explore this option further, please contact the CMH’s PGT Support team in the first instance, who will advise about the application process, which would then go for approval from the Programme Director of your current programme and the Module Lead and Programme Director of the programme(s) in which your new module(s) sits.

Stage 1


The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site:

 

PGCert in Clinical Pharmacy (60 credits): part-time  

PGDip in Clinical Pharmacy (120 credits): 2-year part-time

 

Compulsory Modules

a If you are a part-time PGDip student, take these modules in your first year.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HPDM051 Applied Therapeutics a15No

Optional Modules

b - To comply with GPhC accreditation specifications, a separate application process is required for entry onto module HPDM147

c: You must be working alongside your study in order to take this module, as it requires practice-based assessment.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HPDM047 Work-based Learning 15No
HPDM059 Leading Change in Health Services 15No
HPDM065 Care of the Older Adult 15No
HPDM080 Leadership in Healthcare 15No
HPDM081 Management in Healthcare 15No
HPDM147 Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing b45Yes
HPDM153 Minor Illness: Managing Common and Not-So-Common Conditions 15Yes
HPDM156 Long-Term Condition Care (Respiratory, Endocrine and Renal) 15No
HPDM133 Advanced Clinical Assessment and Decision-Making Skills c30No
HPDM157 Long-Term Condition Care (Cardiovascular) 15No
HPDM127 Principles of Primary Care 15No
HPDM103 Teaching Practitioner 15No
HPDM105 Education Essentials 15No
HPDM106 Principles of Supervision and Mentoring 15No
HPDM118 Structuring and Solving Public Health Problems 15No
HPDM162 Critical Thinking in Healthcare 15No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Understand, analyse and evaluate healthcare environments, systems and teams
2. Demonstrate knowledge and skills to ensure implementation and audit of prescribing within governance frameworks
3. Clinically assess and make shared management plans in patient-facing clinical practice, using evidence-based knowledge, communication skills and clinical examination techniques.
4. Use the principles of medicines optimisation in patient-centred clinical practice to achieve quality outcomes

  • Lectures, seminars, practical sessions, web-based learning, resource gathering and in-depth reading. Project work. Guided independent study.
  • Preparation and writing for assignments
  • Completion of an independent personal Dissertation project [MSc only].

1.Short answer and multiple choice exams – ILO 1, 3, 4, 6

2. Portfolio of practice-based evidence – ILO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

3. Observed demonstration of clinical assessment techniques (OSCE) – ILO 3, 6, 7

4. Written care plans, referencing patient cases and evidence base, displaying evidence of applying principles of medicines optimisation into practice – ILO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. Search for, analyse and incorporate health-care evidence into practice
6. Foster and develop skills for safe, effective and evidence-based clinical care and prescribing.
7. Collaborate effectively with multi-disciplinary team colleagues, communities of practice, patient groups, and local and national organisations.

  • Lectures, seminars, practical sessions, web based learning, resource gathering and in-depth reading. Project work. Guided independent study.
  • Preparation and writing for assignments
  • Completion of an independent personal Dissertation project [MSc only].

5. Written case report, referencing patient case and evidence bases, displaying evidence of applying principles of medicines optimisation into practice – ILO1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11

6. Quality improvement report - ILO 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9

7, Written assignments, with critical analysis and evidence that module learning needs have been addressed  – ILO 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

8. Public Health Conceptual framework and supporting essay – ILO 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

8. Communicate, reflect and implement change effectively with regard to patient care and significant events in clinical practice
9. Apply initiative and take responsibility as a leader and team player with expertise in medication within the context of a clinical environment
10. Practice using generic professional capabilities which include incorporating ethical and legal frameworks into clinical roles
11. Continue to learn independently and to professionally develop as required for their vocational role

  • Lectures, seminars, practical sessions, web based learning, resource gathering and in-depth reading. Project work. Guided independent study.
  • Preparation and writing for assignments
  • Completion of an independent personal Dissertation project [MSc only].

9. Healthcare Management Poster and blog/editorial  - ILO 5, 8, 9, 10, 11

10. Healthcare Leadership Presentation – ILO 8, 9, 10, 11

11. Independent Research Project – ILO 1, 2, 4 ,5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Learning Resources The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions.

 

 IT Services provide a wide range of services throughout the Exeter campuses including open access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

 

  • University Wellbeing Service - available free of charge, to provide confidential help and support.
  • Student Health Centre - We are a Primary Health Care Centre, primarily funded by the National Health Service, providing care for all acute and long-term health problems for students on the Streatham Campus.
  • Student Services Centre - in the Forum is your first port of call for free, impartial and confidential advice on a range of 12 student services from Accommodation to Finance, Wellbeing to International Student Support, IT to AccessAbility. You can access the SID team 12 hours per day during term time between 8am – 8pm plus 10am – 3pm on Saturdays. Out of term time we are open 9am – 6pm Monday – Friday.
  • The Student Engagement and Skills - team offer support for all students who wish to improve their personal, professional and academic skills, through lectures, workshops, individual appointments and peer support programmes in colleges and interactive online resources on Exeter’s Learning Environment (ELE).
  • Family Centre (Streatham campus)provides high quality care and education for early-years children of students and staff. 
  • Student Advice Centre - : (the Forum) is your first port of call for free, impartial and confidential advice on a range of issues: housing, finance, and academic matters.
  • TheStudents’ Guild is the students’ union of the University of Exeter providing representation, advice, activities, social events, dining outlets and more.  
  • Student complaints procedure.
  • Chaplaincy offers confidential support, advice and pastoral listening for all students.
  • The International Student Support Office supports non UK students across all University of Exeter campuses.   
  • INTO University of Exeter partnership provides English Language and other preparatory courses for international students.
  • AccessAbility offers advice and support to students with specific learning disabilities (eg. dyslexia) and physical disabilities/health conditions. Support includes helping students access learning and teaching opportunities and make the most of university life.
  • Employability and Graduate Developmentthe Career Zone has over 40 staff working to help you improve your chances of getting a great job after you graduate. They provide expert advice to enable you to plan your future through: guidance interviews, psychometric testing, employer presentations, skills events, practice job interviews and CV preparation.

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  • Student health and welfare
  • FXU 
  • Woodlane Day Nurserysituated on the Woodlane Campus the nursery provides early years education and full day care for children from 1 year.  
  • Penryn Campus ChaplaincyThe Multifaith Chaplaincy provides confidential pastoral care to students of all faiths and none - we are here to listen and usually have a ready supply of tea and cake. We provide spiritual support, look after religious needs and we have links to local faith communities. We're also willing to help with faith-related academic projects and we enjoy getting involved in ethical debates, social justice issues and charitable adventures!
  • AccessAbility 
  • TheCareer Zoneis here to help you prepare for life after University by answering your career/postgraduate related queries.  

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

PGCert Clinical Pharmacy

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

19/09/2017

Date of last revision

06/04/2022