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This course is taught at our quality-assured partners worldwide and will provide the additional postgraduate qualification you need to progress in your field. You will cover principles of clinical pharmacy and a range of therapeutic areas, including cardiovascular, respiratory, and palliative care.
This course will challenge you, through an innovative and flexible teaching style, to be the best pharmacist for you and your patients. It provides you with an approach to practice, building on existing knowledge and experiences to extend your personal and professional development.
The course has been developed by healthcare professionals and academics to reflect the most up-to-date and relevant areas to a pharmacist’s practice. You will cover principles of clinical pharmacy and a range of therapeutic areas.
Please contact your Study Centre for the duration and mode of this course.
The course is delivered through a blended learning approach. A strong focus is on the interactive distance-learning material, which you can work through at a time convenient to you.
Teaching is delivered through online lectures, expert interviews, directed reading, case-based scenarios, research, tutorials and online tutor support. Content is divided into bite-sized chunks so even in a short amount of time you could cover a specific area, self-check your knowledge in a quiz, watch an expert consult or watch a video.
In addition to online teaching you will have the opportunity to attend conference days. You will be taught by experienced academic pharmacists working in current practice, highly specialist advanced clinical pharmacist practitioners, medical consultants and many other healthcare professionals.
Assessments include written/online examinations, a work-based portfolio mapped to the RPS pharmacy frameworks, and written coursework.
The suite of modules running over the academic year allow you to manage your own time and give you flexibility of when you study across the module time period.
Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.
Develop and rationalise your clinical decision making skills as a pharmacist practitioner. Learn how to interpret and consider all relevant information in the context of the patient, including medicines optimisation. Develop your underpinning knowledge as a pharmacist for effective clinical decisions for better patient outcomes
Learn about patient safety looking at medicines-related risk, prescribing of high-risk medicines, monitoring requirements of specific drugs, therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) and the application of advanced pharmaceutical calculations in practice. Understand how care providers identify and quantify clinical risk. Understand processes of risk assessment and management from an organisational perspective, encapsulating theoretical models of risk in addition to the ethical and legal issues surrounding adverse events.
Get an introduction to the concepts of evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practice and the processes involved in applying this into everyday practice. Learn how to undertake a literature review using major healthcare and specific databases. Understand the concepts of the hierarchy of medical/scientific data and its relevance within medical practice.
Build upon the general biochemical data obtained from patients and look at specific markers for a number of different conditions, for example, pancreatitis. Explore the sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic tests. Develop your ability to critically analyse investigations and formulate management plans to monitor disease states and drug therapies, taking into consideration medicines optimisation.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Follow the patient journey to the point of established chronic disease, developing a rounded understanding of the management of longer-term illnesses. Take a patient-centred approach to the case scenarios. Make decisions on appropriate pharmaceutical care for these integrated, multifaceted cases using a critical approach to the underpinning evidence-base.
Explore the patient in a number of acute settings where they present with an acute disease, condition or syndrome. Further your clinical knowledge through complex case scenarios with multiple co-morbidities and polypharmacy affecting your decision making. Critically analyse and formulate appropriate management plans for the patient.
Expand upon your knowledge and understanding of the pharmacists’ role in improving population health. Develop your critical appraisal skills across a range of published research studies. Consider the importance of epidemiological data in the context of clinical pharmacy practice.
Consider the underlying neurobiology and anatomy, presenting features, clinical and radiological investigations of common psychiatric disorders. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the underpinning evidence-base supporting drug and non-drug therapies used in a range of mental health disorders, recognising where evidence for an intervention is lacking and how to address this. Learn how to tailor clinical management plans to complex, higher-risk groups with critical awareness of associated legal and ethical issues arising during decision-making processes.
Gain a comprehensive and critical understanding of research methods - Learn the ethical, theoretical and logistical considerations associated with research study design. Develop the ability to construct and communicate research findings.
Gain the skills to identify, design and justify your investigative healthcare study. Learn to critically evaluate the research literature relevant to your area of study. Develop the ability to produce a detailed written analysis of your investigative study.
Please contact the study centre for more information on their specific requirements and equivalent qualifications from outside the UK.
Please contact the Study Centre directly for information on fees and finance.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
We encourage you to plan your future contributions with your employer and how your career will progress. On completing this postgraduate qualification in clinical pharmacy, you will be equipped with the advanced skills and knowledge specifically needed for progression into various senior pharmacist roles.
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