MSc Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Medicines Optimisation & Therapeutics 1

Unit code PHAR60411
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Pharmacy
Available as a free choice unit? No


  • Apply a systematic approach to clinical problem solving for patients with particular disease.
  • Critically review the evidence for the treatment of commonly encountered disease states.
  • Apply key therapeutic principles of treating particular disease states and incorporate into practice.
  • Develop the principles of individualising patient care within specific disease states.
  • Utilise the principles of CPD to further enhance their professional development.



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Introduction to Clinical Pharmacy PHAR60111 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The unit aims to:

  • develop the knowledge and skills required to deliver medicines optimisation and demonstrate clinical and problem-solving skills in a range of specific disease states.


Teaching and learning methods

The unit will develop the student’s knowledge in the following areas:

  • diabetes
  • cardiology - hypertension
  • respiratory disease
  • introduction to gastroenterology
  • infections
  • introduction to depression and dementia.

Students will be engaged in the following activities to further develop their skills in the application of the above knowledge:

  • problem identification and problem solving/ case analysis;
  • taking and evaluating a drug history;
  • patient counselling;
  • interpretation of clinical evidence;
  • preparation of a pharmaceutical care plan;
  • understand the relationship between individual patient needs and therapeutics in different disease states.

Tutorials will be interactive and will normally utilise a case study to illustrate the major therapeutic issues outlined in the learning objectives. Tutorials also provide an opportunity to develop the student’s communication and consultation skills.

The unit will foster an online student community with interactive activities and communications with the unit team.

The unit will be delivered using a blended learning approach providing students with a structured online learning programme complemented by study days. The study days will consist of lectures and workshops delivered by expert clinical specialists, thus providing the students a unique learning experience.

The online and face-to-face workshops and tutorials included in the course allow students the opportunities to broaden knowledge and provide the opportunity for group discussion of more complex disease states and practice-related issues regarding medicines optimisation. 

Tutorials will be interactive and will normally utilise a case study to illustrate the major therapeutic issues outlined in the learning objectives. Tutorials also provide an opportunity to develop the student’s communication and consultation skills.

Knowledge and understanding

  • A systematic understanding of specific disease states and the complex issues involved in therapeutic optimisation and individualising care for patients with these diseases.
  • Acquired an advanced knowledge of best clinical practice/national guidance and application to clinical practice and pharmaceutical care of patients with specific disease states.

Intellectual skills

  • Integrate theory and research of disease pathology and disease management with patient information to apply best evidence to practice in a clinical problem-solving context.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the relevant scientific literature in therapeutics, practice research, medicines management, health economics, health-related social sciences and health policy.
  • Use critical reasoning to synthesise, analyse and evaluate primary and secondary sources of data from clinical and health services areas and apply these to individual patient problem-solving and wider policy decision-making.

Practical skills

  • Safely and competently carry out a range of patient-based clinical skills: taking a drug history from a patient, evaluating individual patients’ pharmaceutical care needs, ensuring drug prescriptions and regimens are safe, effective and legal.
  • Use library, electronic and online resources to collect and select information about the optimal clinical management of a patient.
  • Present primary and secondary clinical and health services data in written (case reports, essays and reports) and oral forms.
  • Carry out constructive peer review.
  • Develop presentation skills.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Learn effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development and in a wider context throughout their career.
  • Learn to manage effective team working by carrying out tasks within a small group in a structured situation, and by preparing and giving an oral presentation of data, information or the solution to a team task.
  • Manage change effectively and respond to changing demands.
  • Evaluate his/her own academic and personal progression.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 80%
Written assignment (inc essay) 20%

Feedback methods

Provisional marks and feedback for coursework returned within 15 working days.

Exam marks and final marks returned after ratification at exam board. 

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Lisa Bailey Unit coordinator

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