PGCert Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine

Year of entry: 2022

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Overview

Degree awarded
Postgraduate Certificate
Duration
1 year PT
Entry requirements
To be eligible to complete the top-up process, you must hold an Independent Prescribing qualification from a GPhC accredited course, have completed the Advanced Clinical Skills course at The University of Manchester and not have used those credits towards another award.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Funding for this course has come to an end and the Advanced Clinical Skills module is not currently available to new students. However, pharmacists who have completed an Independent Prescribing course at another university and the Advanced Clinical Skills course at The University of Manchester may be eligible for the award of PGCert ASTEM on completion of one of the following 15-credit units:

This applies to pharmacists with both level 6 and level 7 independent prescribing qualifications.

Please contact the Admissions Team to find out what steps are required to transfer the credits and apply for the top-up unit: pgtaught.pharmacy@manchester.ac.uk  

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PGCert N Y N N

Course overview

  • Learn to independently assess and manage patients with acute/urgent care needs.
  • Study at a university ranked 5th in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2021).
  • Fit part-time study around work through face-to-face and online study days.

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Fees

To be announced.

Additional expenses

There is no funding available to support the tuition fees for the top-up route.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
(+44) 0161 543 4699
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/pharmacy/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

To be eligible to complete the top-up process, you must hold an Independent Prescribing qualification from a GPhC accredited course, have completed the Advanced Clinical Skills course at The University of Manchester and not have used those credits towards another award.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from countries that are not majority English-speaking countries (a list of majority English-speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS level 7.0 overall with level 7.0 in reading and writing
  • TOEFL (Internet-based test) 100.

See further information about requirements for your country.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Professional entry qualification

In addition to meeting our academic entry requirements, you must have: 

  • current registration (and good standing) as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council; 
  • support from your line manager and professional lead to undertake the course;
  • the opportunity to complete coursework through experience in practice.

Application and selection

How to apply

Funding for this course has come to an end and the Advanced Clinical Skills module is not currently available to new students. However, pharmacists who have completed an Independent Prescribing course at another university and the Advanced Clinical Skills course at The University of Manchester may be eligible for the award of PGCert ASTEM on completion of one of the following 15-credit units:

This applies to pharmacists with both level 6 and level 7 independent prescribing qualifications.

Please contact the Admissions Team to find out what steps are required to transfer the credits and apply for the top-up unit: pgtaught.pharmacy@manchester.ac.uk  

Advice to applicants

This is an exciting opportunity for pharmacists in unscheduled care to extend their practice into either mental health or paediatrics, gain a postgraduate certificate and further develop their professional role. Study may also contribute towards Advanced Clinical Practice status.

How your application is considered

To be considered for the top-up route, you must meet the eligibility criteria detailed above and complete the accreditation of prior learning process.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Only students registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and practising in the UK are eligible for this course.

Transfers

Course details

Course description

Our blended learning PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine enables registered pharmacists to independently evaluate and assess patients who present to the emergency department or urgent care setting.

Aims

This course aims to produce graduates who:

  • are able to evaluate and assess acutely ill patients and, if necessary, independently recommend and/or prescribe appropriate medicines for their treatment whilst working as part of a multidisciplinary team;
  • have the skills, knowledge and attributes required for safe and effective prescribing practice to successfully meet the standards set out by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), enabling students to apply for registration to practice as independent prescribers;
  • have enhanced knowledge and skills in the evaluation and application of knowledge of best evidence-based practice to implement appropriate assessment and care for the emergency patient.

Additional course information

The need for this course has been identified through national pilot work, where the impact of pharmacists in emergency departments working as independent prescribers with advanced clinical skills was assessed.

This assessment showed that hospital pharmacists with these additional skills of independent prescribing and advanced clinical assessment could manage up to 35.7% of patients presenting to the emergency department (ED).

The role for pharmacists working in the ED or urgent care is an exciting opportunity to work in a new field of practice.

Teaching and learning

The top-up unit involves directed study and attendance at online workshops. You can find more details on the unit page for your preferred topic:

Coursework and assessment

Please see top-up unit information:

Course unit details

Pharmacists must already hold an Independent Prescribing qualification (from any GPhC-accredited course) and the Advanced Clinical Skills course from the University of Manchester. You must complete the accreditation of prior learning process to satisfy the prescribing learning outcomes and this might involve assessed work.

You then have a choice of two units to achieve the number of credits required for a PGCert award:

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Advanced Clinical Assessment PHAR60231 15 Mandatory
Advanced Clinical Assessment PHAR60232 15 Mandatory
Emergency Medicine PHAR60241 15 Mandatory
Emergency Medicine PHAR60242 15 Mandatory

Facilities

The top-up units are completed remotely through directed learning and online workshops.

The University of Manchester also offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies. We have reviewed the reading list to ensure that all directed materials are available online.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

Taking this course will contribute to your annual continuing professional development as part of the requirements for registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Careers

Career opportunities

Completing this course offers career progression for experienced hospital pharmacists to manage patients in the emergency department, in addition to working as a member of the multidisciplinary team in this department. It also offers development opportunities for those working in urgent care, such as walk in centres or GP out-of-hours services.

Accrediting organisations

The Independent Prescribing course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).