PGCert Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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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.


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


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).