MSc Clinical Pharmacy / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:

Course unit fact file
Unit code PHAR63041
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Pharmacy
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will develop student’s practice in the area of paediatrics through developing knowledge of common disease processes and paediatric drug handling and participating in tasks to apply this learning to the management of individual patients. The unit covers basic, general and specialist management of paediatric patients.

The unit will combine e-lectures, reading and practical work-based tasks to develop this knowledge and skills which will be assessed using MCQ examination, pharmaceutical care plans and a case analysis.




Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Medicines Optimisation & Therapeutics 1 PHAR60411 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Foundations of Clinical Pharmacy PHAR63001 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics 2 PHAR63012 Pre-Requisite Compulsory

A minimum of 2 years post-registration patient-facing experience is required if pre-requisite units have not been completed.


The unit aims to:

  • Develop student’s knowledge of commonly encountered paediatric conditions, general and specialist management of paediatric patients.
  • Develop skills in the practice of pharmaceutical care to children and their carers.
  • Improve students’ clinical practice with regard to the management of the unwell child.


Learning outcomes

Key: top line of italic codes denote mapping against the RPS Foundation Practice Framework, second line of italic codes codes denote mapping against the RPS Advanced Practice Framework.

Teaching and learning methods

This course unit is delivered online using Blackboard 9. All learning material is presented in week by week folders to help students manage their time. Each week will contain four main elements; background reflective tasks, learning in the form of an e-lecture, embedded video or webinar, further reading and finally a task to consolidate learning (e.g. completion of coursework, formative quiz or participation in a group discussion).


Knowledge and understanding

¿       Describe the legal and ethical framework that supports children and young people in their encounters with healthcare



¿       Explain the differences between children and adults in terms of drug handling, adherence issues and communication



¿       Describe and demonstrate the pharmacological and nonpharmacological management of commonly encountered conditions in children and young people



¿       Describe and demonstrate, using advanced clinical decision-making skills,  the specialist management of children and young people



¿       Discuss the contributions that the pharmacy team can make to the care of children and young people with acute and long term conditions



Intellectual skills

¿       Integrate theory and research of disease pathology and disease management in children and young people with patient information to apply the best evidence to practice



¿       Critically analyse and evaluate clinical literature in therapeutics relevant to paediatrics



  • Use critical reasoning to synthesise, analyse and evaluate clinical and contextual data in order to apply this to resolve individual patient drug-related problems



¿       Evaluate and critically analyse the ethical and legal implications of treatment options in children and young people




Practical skills

¿       Facilitate continuity of care for children moving between primary, secondary and tertiary care



¿       Use a range of electronic resources to identify and select appropriate information about the optimal clinical management of a paediatric patient



¿       Carry out constructive peer review



¿       Demonstrate competency in consultations with children



Transferable skills and personal qualities

¿       Evaluate their own academic and personal progression



¿       Manage effective team working by participating in small group tasks



¿       Communicate effectively with paediatric patients and their carers 



¿       Learn effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development and in a wider context throughout their career including identifying competency against a professional competency framework



Assessment methods

Assessment task


How and when feedback is provided

Weighting within unit (if relevant)


2 paediatric pharmaceutical care plans

Suggested max 1000 words each

Formative feedback from peer review 15 days after submission with individualised feedback within Blackboard



2 hours

Small Voice individualised feedback will be emailed following examination board at end of semester


Pharmaceutical care plan


Suggested max 1000 words

Performance descriptors provided after examination board via Grademark. Small Voice individualised feedback will be emailed following examination board at end of semester, in addition to written feedback within Blackboard



Feedback methods

Provisional marks and feedback for coursework returned within 15 working days.

Exam marks and final marks returned after ratification at exam board. 

Recommended reading

There are no set texts for this course unit. Students will be directed to appropriate web-based resources in each of the study weeks using web-links.

The recommended paediatric reference sources are:

Paediatric Formulary Committee. British National Formulary for Children (BNFc), Pharmaceutical Press. Available as free e-resource at:

Northern Neonatal Network. Neonatal Formulary, 6th edition. Wiley-Blackwell, Available as free e-resource at

Consultation skills with children

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
eAssessment 4
Lectures 12
Seminars 8
Tutorials 2
Independent study hours
Independent study 122

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Christopher Paget Unit coordinator

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