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PG Credit Advanced Clinical Skills (Short Course)

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
PG Credit
Duration
6 months (part-time)
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree in Pharmacy (MPharm) (Lower Second or above) or an equivalent, Postgraduate Clinical Diploma or equivalent and an Independent prescribing qualification. See our other entry requirements for details of the professional experience and employer support that we require.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
20 per intake
How to apply

Please apply via our online application form.

You should also complete an  additional information form and EMM agreement form . These additional forms should be uploaded with the other supporting documents to your online application.

There are two intakes per year. The next intake will be September 2019 and the deadline for Friday 24 th  January 2020.

We recommend you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Course options

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

Course overview

  • Learn how to independently evaluate, assess and recommend/prescribe medicines for emergency medicine/urgent care patients.
  • Fit part-time study around work through face-to-face sessions and e-learning.
  • Take as a standalone short course for pharmacists who are already independent prescribers or with our Independent Prescribing  course for a PGCert .
  • Have your fees paid by Health Education England North West if you work in urgent care in the north-west.
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Advanced Clinical Skills at The University of Manchester

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • Modular (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,400 per 30 credit unit

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

Students starting this course and/or the PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine in September 2019 who work in the north of England will have their tuition fees paid in full by Health Education North.

This is as part of a funding initiative to develop the role of pharmacists in the emergency department and in urgent care. Applications from pharmacists working in acute medical areas, walk in centres or GP out-of-hours, may also be eligible for funding for the course.

Students working outside of the north will be self-funding and ineligible for tuition fees.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 1798
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/cpd/subjects/pharmacy/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an honours degree in Pharmacy (MPharm) (Lower Second or above) or an equivalent, Postgraduate Clinical Diploma or equivalent and an Independent prescribing qualification. See our other entry requirements for details of the professional experience and employer support that we require.

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: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in reading and writing.

All certification should have been achieved within the past two years.

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 as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council;
  • at least two years' post-qualification patient-focused experience in a hospital setting or urgent care setting;
  • support from your line manager and pharmacy department to undertake the course;
  • the agreement of an emergency medicine mentor (EMM), who is either an emergency department consultant, acute medicine consultant, or a GP with an interest in urgent care, to support your supervised practice. You will be required to complete 113 hours (15 days) of supervised practice by your EMM;

For pharmacists who do not have a clinical diploma we will accept pharmacists who have been through the clinical pharmacist in GP education pathway.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form.

You should also complete an  additional information form and EMM agreement form . These additional forms should be uploaded with the other supporting documents to your online application.

There are two intakes per year. The next intake will be September 2019 and the deadline for Friday 24 th  January 2020.

We recommend you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

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 emergency and urgent care services in primary and secondary care settings for the benefit of patients.

We advise you to work with your line manager, head of department and emergency/acute medicine/urgent care team to agree strategic support for this new, extended role for pharmacists. 

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Only students registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council are eligible for this course. Overseas students with registration who work in the UK will be eligible for this course, but will pay the international fee.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

You will undertake a DBS check as part of our requirements for entry to the course (the cost of this is included in your course fees).

Course details

Course description

The role of pharmacists in the emergency department offers an exciting opportunity to work in a new field of practice. Pharmacists are also extending their scope of practice in urgent and acute medicine areas in primary and secondary care.

Our six-month Advanced Clinical Skills short course enables trainee pharmacy practitioners to independently evaluate, assess and recommend or prescribe medicines for patients who present to emergency departments.

This will allow junior and senior medical staff to attend to more urgent medical patients in a clinical setting and aims to decrease waiting times for patients with minor injuries. Research has shown that hospital pharmacists with additional skills in independent prescribing and advanced clinical assessment could manage up to 35.7% of patients presenting to emergency departments.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to manage emergency and urgent patients in addition to working as part of a multidisciplinary emergency, acute medicine and urgent care team.

Our course confers 30 postgraduate (Level 7) credits upon completion and can be taken as a standalone course by pharmacists who are already non-medical prescribers. If you are not already a non-medical prescriber, you can take this course before starting our Independent Prescribing short course . Completing both of these courses within two years of registering will lead to a PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine .

Aims

This course aims to:

  • provide you with the skills to independently evaluate and assess patients who present to the emergency department or urgent care setting;
  • enable you to independently recommend and/or prescribe appropriate medicines for this group of patients;
  • enhance your knowledge and skills in the evaluation and application of best evidence-based practice to appropriately assess and care for patients presenting to emergency departments or urgent care settings.

Special features

Develop in-demand skills

This course was launched in response to a national pilot that identified clear demand for pharmacists with specific skills in emergency medicine.

Teaching and learning

September 2019 cohort teaching dates

Teaching (9am-5:30pm)

  • Thursday 19th and Friday 20th September 2019
  • Thursday 17th and Friday 18th October 2019
  • Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd November 2019
  • Thursday 12th and Friday 13th December 2019

Assessments

  • Thursday 4th January 2020

February 2020 cohort teaching dates

Teaching (9am-5:00pm)

  • 6-7 February 2020
  • 5-6 March 2020
  • 2-3 April 2020
  • 30 April and 1 May 2020

Webinars (7-9.00pm)

  • 28 January2020 (induction)
  • 20 February 2020
  • 19 March 2020
  • 16 April 2020

Assessments

  • OSCE 25 June 2020
  • Case presentations by webinar (July TBC)
  • Portfolios 20 August 2020 (midday)

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress through:

  • reflective practice e-portfolio;
  • a two-hour OSCE exam;
  • a patient case presentation;
  • sign-off by emergency medicines mentor to confirm satisfactory completion of 15 days of practice-based learning.

Course content for year 1

There are two core units:

Advanced Clinical Assessment (mandatory) - 15 credits

This unit aims to develop 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, acute medicine and urgent care patient.

You will acquire the understanding and skills required to undertake and order a range of common practical assessment skills and diagnostic tests used in the emergency department, acute medicine and urgent care setting.

Your skills in interpreting results of commonly used diagnostic tests in the emergency department, acute medicine and urgent care setting will also be developed.

Emergency Medicine (mandatory) - 15 credits

The unit introduces you to the underpinning knowledge and understanding of the assessment and the management of patients who are requiring urgent care and who are at risk of becoming acutely unwell.

Working in the clinical environment (emergency department, acute medicine or urgent care setting), this unit will build on existing knowledge of the use of a structured and systematic approach in the assessment of the urgent care patient, identifying the need for physiological and holistic care.

You can develop competencies in a specific patient group and provide patient-centred care for cohorts of patients in emergency or urgent care whom you are likely to manage within the scope of your practice.

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 use a state-of-the-art SimMan to practice clinical skills during your face-to-face study days at the University.

The University of Manchester also offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

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

CPD opportunities

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

Careers

Career opportunities

Our course offers career progression for experienced pharmacists to manage patients in the emergency department or acute medicine setting in addition to working as a member of the multidisciplinary emergency, acute medicine or urgent care team.