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HECS5243M Pharmaceutical Care: Specialist Conditions

15 creditsClass Size: 25

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: Emily Cutts

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

- Ability to study at level M ( normally has obtained 120 credits at level 3)
- A pharmacist with current registration with the GPhC or Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (GPhC)
- Access to appropriate pharmacy practice to allow the undertaking of work-based assignments
- Appointment of an agreed work-based tutor and support from a work-based manager.


HECS5242MPharmaceutical Care: Core Conditions

Module replaces

HECS5142M Pharmaceutical Care for patients with acute conditions-HECS5142 to run for last time in semester 1 10/11

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the aetiology and clinical feature of a range of specialist conditions;
- critically analyse the pharmacotherapy of these conditions in relation to national and local guidelines and the patient's individual needs;
- critically evaluate pharmaceutical care plans taking into account the need for continuity of care;
- critically evaluate key factors influencing the adherence of patients to their medication in relation to patients with specialist conditions;
- take a proactive and self reflective approach to the pharmacist's role in the patient care in the context of acute conditions to inform CPD.

Learning outcomes
Aetiology and clinical feature of a range of specialist conditions:
- Therapeutics of a range of specialist conditions including key national guidelines and supporting evidence;
- The pharmacists role in care of patient with specialist conditions;
- Factors affecting adherence to medicines in relation to patient with specialist conditions.

Skills outcomes
To be able to provide pharmaceutical care to a range of patients with specialist conditions.


- Planning, managing, monitoring and reviewing pharmaceutical care plans
- Understanding and adopting evidence-based medicine/practice
- Aetiology, clinical features and critical evaluation of pharmacotherapy for a range of core conditions
- Adherence and concordance as related to specialist conditions
- Reflection on the pharmacist's role and CPD requirements
- Principles of pharmaceutical care of paediatric patients.

Specialist conditions:
- Dermatology: Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne
- Gastroenterology: Inflammatory bowel disease, Irritable bowel syndrome
- Mental Health: Acute Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Bipolar disease
- Musculoskeletal: Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Neurology: Epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Stroke
- Infection: Osteomyelitis, TB, meningitis, endocarditis, neutropenic sepsis
- Endocrine: Hypo/Hyperthyroidism
- Critical Care: Shock
- Palliative care (including neuropathic pain)
- Chronic renal failure
- Liver failure
- Substance misuse.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment13.503.50
Independent online learning hours7.00
Private study hours122.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- Online learning: online MCQs
- Private study: work based learning, reading, preparation for seminars.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Submission of progress reviews reports progress with work based learning as set out in learning contracts
- Marks for online MCQs monitored by module manager
- Formative feedback given to students during seminars.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentation20 min presentation + 10 mins questions33.30
Essay2,000 words66.70
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

No compensation i.e each element must be passed

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 06/12/2023


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