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MSc Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Pharmacy Public Health Services: Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

Unit code PHAR62231
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


This unit engages the learner in a series of activities, learning exercises and reflective materials to provide them with an awareness of the integrated nature of sexual health services, ranging from contraception and family planning, through emergency contraception to the screening and management of sexually transmitted infections.

It builds upon the learning about consultation and communication skills delivered in the core unit Introduction to pharmacy public health services to empower the learner to reflect on the additional challenges that will arise with the intimate and personal nature of this particular health area. Consideration is also given to the safeguarding of children and protection of vulnerable adults



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Introduction to Pharmacy Public Health Services PHAR62221 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


  • Acquire and develop an advanced knowledge and in-depth understanding of the national sexual health agenda and the innovative contributions that pharmacists can provide.
  • Acquire and develop the advanced skills to make an effective contribution to improving the sexual health of their local population.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as an advanced community pharmacy sexual health practitioner to ensure the delivery of high quality, evidence-based services that meet national and local policies.
  • Identify their own learning needs, develop themselves as critically reflective sexual health practitioners and advance their own learning to sustain continuing professional development, and work at the forefront of their profession. 
  • Critically evaluate sexual health literature, theories and methodologies and apply evidence-based approaches to community pharmacy sexual health services.


Teaching and learning methods

All learning and teaching processes for this programme will be delivered through e-learning resources based around Blackboard version 9.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Downloadable PDFs of CPPE learning programmes on sexual health in pharmacies, contraception, dealing with difficult discussions and safeguarding children.
  • CPPE e-learning programme on emergency contraception.
  • Downloadable PDFs of sections of CPPE learning programmes on women’s and men’s health.
  • Online discussion forums.
  • Webinars (web-based presentations, lectures, workshops and seminars) using Webex® technology.
  • Use of various websites (including public health, government and pharmacy-related sites, videos and podcasts).
  • Self-directed learning.

Intellectual skills

  • Group work
  • Student presentations
  • Self-directed learning.

Practical skills

  • Reflective diary
  • Peer review
  • OSCE design
  • Student presentations
  • Self-directed learning.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Group work
  • Student presentations
  • Self-directed learning.

Knowledge and understanding

Demonstrate an advanced knowledge and detailed understanding of:

  • the determinants of health inequalities and risk factors relating to teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections;
  • a range of qualitative and quantitative surveillance data sources and methods for measuring, analysing and interpreting sexual health and wellbeing;
  • national sexual health policy and strategy development to improve population sexual health and wellbeing;
  • the major sexual health challenges, the complex issues involved in their management and the potential for effective intervention by community pharmacists;
  • the commissioning process, its role in improving sexual health and the models and principles of programme planning, implementation and evaluation;
  • the evidence-based approaches of assessing the effectiveness of community pharmacist led interventions, programmes and services to improve sexual health and wellbeing;
  • clinical governance principles required to ensure the integration of quality and risk management within community pharmacy sexual health services.

Intellectual skills

Critically analyse, evaluate and where appropriate formulate an informed opinion about:

  • sexual health, wellbeing and population needs information and data used to formulate recommendations for action, policy decisions and service commissioning, delivery and provision;
  • national sexual health policy, strategy and legislation including how to appropriately apply these at regional and local level;
  • the effectiveness of community pharmacy sexual health interventions programmes and services through the integration of theory and evidence-based practice.

Practical skills

  • Analyse qualitative and quantitative data to determine their strength and validity.
  • Safely and competently carry out a range of patient-based clinical skills appropriate to the delivery of community pharmacy sexual and reproductive health services, including taking a sexual history, undertaking a detailed patient consultation and undertaking patient follow up.
  • Develop alliances and partnerships with other sexual health practitioners and agencies to improve sexual health and wellbeing.
  • Present primary and secondary sexual health data in written (case studies, evaluations and reports) and oral forms.
  • Demonstrate effective management, leadership, communication and facilitation skills required for the delivery of high quality community pharmacy sexual health services.
  • Carry out constructive peer review.
  • Engage in critically reflective practice as a process of continuous personal development.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Recognise the value of a structured approach to patient history taking and apply this as part of a complete consultation.
  • Set up and conduct patient consultations about intimate topics, taking into account patient comfort level and demonstrating appropriate empathy.
  • Pay particular attention to consultations with young people and vulnerable adults and demonstrate an ability to assess the competence of the patient to understand complex concepts.
  • Develop effective inter-professional team working by identifying and engaging with local networks and by recognising complementary roles and activities.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 25%
Portfolio 50%
Oral assessment/presentation 25%

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 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Matthew Shaw Unit coordinator
Samantha White Unit coordinator

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