MSc Clinical Pharmacy / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|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.
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
¿ 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
¿ 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
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
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
Provisional marks and feedback for coursework returned within 15 working days.
Exam marks and final marks returned after ratification at exam board.
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: http://www.bnf.org/bnf/index.htm
Northern Neonatal Network. Neonatal Formulary, 6th edition. Wiley-Blackwell, Available as free e-resource at http://www.neonatalformulary.com/
Consultation skills with children http://www.consultationskillsforpharmacy.com
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2|
|Independent study hours|
|Christopher Paget||Unit coordinator|