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PG Credit Advanced Clinical Skills (Short Course) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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 .


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


  • 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


  • 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


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).