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2009/10 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

HECS5143M Knowledge and Skills for Advanced Services (Community Pharmacy)

30 creditsClass Size: 36

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: Mohammed Hussain

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2009/10

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

HECS5139MPersonal & Prof Dev in Hltcare
HECS5140MPharmaceutical Care Long Term

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;
- designa and evaluate pharmaceutical care plans taking into account the pathophysiology and need for continuity of care;
- 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 evluate key factors influencing the adherence of patients to their medication in relation to patients with long term conditions;
- effectively communicate with patients andmembers of the multidisciplinary healthcare team on complex matters in complex situations and ensure patient safety;
- synthethise and execute complex search strategies, crtitically evaluate information and communicate information in a format appropriate to the customer's needs;
- contextualise functions and lines of responsibility within the broader healthcare structure and critically analyse he pharmacist's role within the healthcare team.


- 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
> identifying and prioritising problems
> consideration of legal and ethical problems
> using NSF information strategies
> understanding and adopting evidence-based medicine/practice.

- Psychosocial aspects of long term conditions
> puting patient's needs first and responding to individual needs.

- Compliance and concordance
> focusing on patient's experiences
> recognising patient as a key member of the team and dealing with their expectations
> promoting self care/self management.

- Communication skills
> consultation skills
> assertiveness, influencing and negotiating skills
> reflective practice.

- Multidisciplinary team working
> working with other professions
> effective team working
> working across organisational boundaries
> patient focused care/user centred service provision.

- Information management
> information processing
> using information effectively
> professional accountability/responsibility.

- Health and social care structure/organisation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning91.009.00
Private study hours251.00
Total Contact hours49.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

- Reading
- directed tasks
- preparation of learning needs analysis
- preparation for progress review meeting
- seminar presentations
- assessment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Seminar presentations
- Action plan and Progress review reports.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,000 word (medicines information query)20.00
Essay2,000 word (critical reflection on the student's role as a member of a multidisciplinary team)40.00
Essay100 word (critique of a pharmaceutical care plans)20.00
Essay1,000 word (critique of a pharmaceutical care plans)20.00
PracticalOSCE stations Pass/Fail0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 04/06/2010


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