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2010/11 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

HECS5140M Pharmaceutical Care for Patients with Long Term Conditions

30 creditsClass Size: 20

If you are applying for a stand-alone Masters level module please note you must meet either the general University entry criteria or the specific module pre-requisite for this level of study.

Module manager: Dan Greer

Taught: 1 Sep to 30 Jun View Timetable

Year running 2010/11

Pre-requisite qualifications

- Ability to study at level M (normally has obtained 120 credits at level 3)
- A pharmacist with current registration with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB or PSNI)
- Agreed appropriate access to pharmacy practice to allow the undertaking of work-based assignments
- Appointment of a work-based tutor, mutually agreed by student, programme manager and work-based manager

This module is mutually exclusive with

HECS5143MKnowledge and Skills for Advanced Services (Community Pharma

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Critically analyse the pharmacotherapy of long term conditions in relation to national and local guidelines and the patient's individual needs;
- Design and evaluate pharmaceutical care plans taking into account the need for continuity of care;
- Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the pathophysiology of a core range of long term conditions;
- Critically evaluate the psychosocial aspects of illness in relation to long term conditions in order to formulate and apply strategies aimed at improving the outcome of treatment;
- Critically evaluate key factors influencing the adherence of patients to their medication in relation to patients with long term conditions;
- Take a proactive and self reflective approach to the pharmacist's role in the patient care in the context of long term conditions to inform CPD.

Learning outcomes
- Pathophysiology of range of long term conditions
- Therapeutics of a range of long term conditions including key national guidelines and supporting evidence
- The pharmacists role in care of long term conditions
- Psychosocial aspects of illness and how this affects adherence to medicines

Skills outcomes
To be able to provide pharmaceutical care to a range of patients with long term conditions


Principles and processes involved in creating and delivering a pharmaceutical care plan
- Planning, managing, monitoring and reviewing care plans
- Accountability in delivering a pharmacy service to patients
- Analysing and comparing care options
- Identifying and prioritising problems
- Consideration of legal and ethical issues
- Using NSF information strategies
- Understanding and adopting evidence-based medicine/practice
The provision of pharmaceutical care to all patients wherever they are within the healthcare system
- An appreciation of the patient pathway
- An understanding of work in all sectors and how they link together
- Reflection on the pharmacist's role and CPD requirements
Pathophysiology and critical evaluation of pharmacotherapy for a core range of long term conditions
Psychological aspects of long term conditions
- Putting patient's needs first and responding to individual needs
Compliance and concordance
- Focusing on patients' experiences
- Recognising patient as key member of the team and dealing with their expectations
- Promoting self care/self management

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours14.00
Private study hours247.00
Total Contact hours39.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Reading. Work based learning, Preparation for Seminars
Questionmark perception used to deliver formative MCQ questions

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayReflective essay 1,500 words.25.00
Essay or Dissertation2 x 1,500 word essays50.00
Presentation20 min case presentation with 10 min questions25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Compensation between first 2 written elements

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/08/2011


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