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PGCert Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine

Year of entry: 2021

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Overview

Degree awarded
Postgraduate Certificate
Duration
1 year PT
Entry requirements

See the Independent Prescribing and Advanced Clinical Skills pages for specific entry requirements.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

With one remaining cohort of the Advanced Clinical Skills course, there are two routes to the PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine (ASTEM).

Route 1: This pathway is for pharmacists who completed the Independent Prescribing course at The University of Manchester and who have not used these credits towards another award, eg, PGDip/MSc Clinical Pharmacy. It requires completion of the Advanced Clinical Skills short course for which you need to apply by following the instructions on dedicated course page.

Route 2: If you have already completed an independent prescribing qualification at FHEQ level 7 at another university, you may be able to transfer a maximum of 15 credits to the award of PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine. You must study the Advanced Clinical Skills short course and a further 15-credit unit:

Please note that there is no route to PGCert ASTEM for pharmacists with an FHEQ level 6 independent prescribing qualification, although it is possible to study Advanced Clinical Skills as a standalone course.

Please contact the Admissions Team to find out the deadline for applications: 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, including prescribing.
  • 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.
  • Pharmacists working in urgent/emergency care in an NHS organisation in NW England may be eligible to have course fees paid by Health Education England North.

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

Fees

Fees for entry in 2021 have not yet been set. For reference, the fees for the academic year beginning September 2020 were as follows:

  • PGCert (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £4,800

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

Pharmacists with a level 7 independent prescribing qualification may be eligible to access a funded place on the final Advanced Clinical Skills cohort. However, the additional fees for PHAR63031 Mental Health or PHAR63041 Paediatrics (the top-up route) are not funded by Heath Education England North.

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

See the Independent Prescribing and Advanced Clinical Skills pages for specific entry requirements.

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;
  • at least two years' post-registration patient-focused experience in an unscheduled care setting in the UK;
  • support from your line manager and professional lead to undertake the course;
  • the agreement of an emergency medicine mentor (EMM), who is an emergency department consultant, acute medicine consultant or a GP with an interest in urgent care, to support your supervised practice. You must complete 113 hours (15 days) of supervised practice by your EMM.

We will accept completion of one of the national clinical pharmacist education pathways (GPPTP/CPGPE/MOCH/PCPEP/IUC) in lieu of a postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy, but you must supply your statement of assessment and progression/completion.

Application and selection

How to apply

With one remaining cohort of the Advanced Clinical Skills course, there are two routes to the PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine (ASTEM).

Route 1: This pathway is for pharmacists who completed the Independent Prescribing course at The University of Manchester and who have not used these credits towards another award, eg, PGDip/MSc Clinical Pharmacy. It requires completion of the Advanced Clinical Skills short course for which you need to apply by following the instructions on dedicated course page.

Route 2: If you have already completed an independent prescribing qualification at FHEQ level 7 at another university, you may be able to transfer a maximum of 15 credits to the award of PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine. You must study the Advanced Clinical Skills short course and a further 15-credit unit:

Please note that there is no route to PGCert ASTEM for pharmacists with an FHEQ level 6 independent prescribing qualification, although it is possible to study Advanced Clinical Skills as a standalone course.

Please contact the Admissions Team to find out the deadline for applications: pgtaught.pharmacy@manchester.ac.uk  

Advice to applicants

It is recommended that you work with your line manager, head of department and senior emergency department staff to agree strategic support for this new, extended role for pharmacists working in the emergency department.

The role for the emergency department pharmacist should be agreed locally and funding obtained though approval of a business case.

This is an exciting opportunity for pharmacists to work in a new clinical area of expertise. This will provide personal professional development for the pharmacist and support urgent care services in local trusts for the benefit of patients.

How your application is considered

Route 1

You will have to meet the requirements for the Advanced Clinical Skills course to be successfully considered for this PGCert.

Route 2

You will have to meet the requirements for the Advanced Clinical Skills course and provide confirmation of an award, dated within the last 5 years, of an Independent Prescribing qualification at FHEQ Level 7 to be successfully considered for this PGCert.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

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

Disclosure and Barring Service check

You will undertake a DBS check as part of our requirements. This is included in the course fees.

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.

You will also build the knowledge and skills needed to independently recommend and/or prescribe appropriate medicines for emergency treatment.

Pharmacists will be able to manage emergency department / urgent care patients in addition to working as part of a multidisciplinary emergency team upon completion of the course.

The course consists of either:

OR

  • For students who have completed an independent prescribing qualification at FHEQ Level 7 at another institution; One 30-credit short course in Advanced Clinical Skills and one 15-credit unit from either PHAR63031 Mental Health or PHAR63041 Paediatrics.
  • Independent Prescribing is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

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.

Special features

Flexible learning

Our blended learning approach means you can fit online learning around face-to-face sessions and your other commitments.

Excellent facilities

Take advantage of Manchester's modern pharmacy teaching and learning facilities.

Covid-safe

The University and programme teams have put arrangements in place to ensure that teaching and assessment are undertaken remotely as far as possible and that campus facilities meet government recommendations for Covid-19 safety.

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

A range of teaching methods are used to develop the required knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Learning is delivered online as pre-/post-workshop tasks to complement face-to-face and online workshops.

The online material can be studied in your own time, and will involve directed reading and directed activities during supervised practice. You must be self-motivated to learn in your own time and have a good level of IT skills to navigate Blackboard.

A minimum of 113 hours learning in practice under the supervision of an Emergency Medicine Mentor (EMM) must be completed during the six-month course. [No break] During this time, you will complete a reflective practice portfolio to document and reflect on your learning, and to evidence your achievement of the learning outcomes.

April 2021 cohort teaching dates

After the online induction, there will be four study days on campus and four online study days. Attendance at all study days is mandatory and you will not be permitted to attempt the assessments without complete attendance.

Online induction: 1 April 2021, 6-8pm

Face-to-face study days (9am-5pm):

  • 15 April 2021
  • 13 May 2021
  • 10 June 2021
  • 8 July 2021

Online study days (9am-5pm with four workshops separated by 30-minute breaks):

  • 29 April 2021
  • 27 May 2021
  • 24 June 2021
  • 22 July 2021

The OSCE will be on 5 August and the deadline for submission of the reflective practice portfolio will be midday on 21 October 2021. Case presentation assessments will be between shortly after the OSCE and scheduled early in the course.

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress through:

  • reflective practice portfolio;
  • an OSCE;
  • a case presentation;
  • sign-off by your emergency medicine mentor (EMM) confirming satisfactory completion of 15 days of practice-based learning and achievement of the learning outcomes.

Course unit details

With one remaining cohort of the Advanced Clinical Skills course, there are two routes to the PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine (ASTEM).

Route 1: This pathway is for pharmacists who completed the Independent Prescribing course at The University of Manchester and who have not used these credits towards another award, eg, PGDip/MSc Clinical Pharmacy. You use these credits towards the PGCert ASTEM and complete the Advanced Clinical Skills short course to make up the remaining credit.

Route 2: If you have already completed an independent prescribing qualification at FHEQ level 7 at another university, you may be able to transfer a maximum of 15 credits to the award of PGCert ASTEM. You must study the Advanced Clinical Skills short course and a further 15-credit unit:

Please note that there is no route to PGCert ASTEM for pharmacists with an FHEQ level 6 independent prescribing qualification, although it is possible to study Advanced Clinical Skills as a standalone course. Independent prescribing is a pre-requisite for the Advanced Clinical Skills course so there is no route to PGCert ASTEM without an existing independent prescribing qualification.

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

You will complete study days in our Flexible Skills Suite, which is both simulated space and teaching area.

Government guidance around social distancing and face-to-face teaching means that the Advanced Clinical Assessment unit workshops will be delivered on campus and the Emergency Medicine unit workshops will be delivered online.

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).