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MSc Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Pharmacy Public Health Services: Substance Use and Misuse Services

Unit code PHAR62242
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
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 wide-ranging nature of services for substance misusers: from health promotion, harm reduction, smoking cessation and alcohol awareness, through prescribing of substitute medication, to the screening for and management of blood borne infections.



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


The unit aims to enable students to:

  • Acquire and develop an advanced knowledge and in-depth understanding of the national strategy and local policies relating to drug, alcohol and tobacco misuse and the innovative contributions that pharmacists can make in this area.
  • Acquire and develop the advanced skills to make an effective contribution to minimizing harm to, and improving the health of, their local drug, alcohol and tobacco using population.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as an advanced community pharmacy substance misuse practitioner to ensure the delivery of high quality, evidence-based services that reflect national and local policies.
  • Identify their own learning needs, develop themselves as critically reflective practitioners and advance their own learning to sustain continuing professional development, and work at the forefront of their profession.
  • Critically evaluate substance use and misuse literature, theories and methodologies and apply evidence-based approaches to community pharmacy services for drug and alcohol users.


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 substance use and misuse, alcohol misuse and immunisations in pharmacies.
  • CPPE e-learning programme on smoking cessation (NES), and safeguarding children and vunerable adults.
  • Downloadable PDFs of sections of CPPE learning programme on sexual health in pharmacies, and addiction, misuse and dependency.
  • 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
  • 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 theories and psychology of addiction, socio-political influences and the wider consequences of substance misuse;
  • a range of qualitative and quantitative surveillance data sources and methods for measuring, analysing and interpreting the prevalence of drug, tobacco and alcohol misuse;
  • the local and national policies and strategies related to drug, tobacco and alcohol misuse;
  • the complex issues involved in the effective management of substance misuse and the potential for effective interventions by community pharmacists;
  • the commissioning process, its role in improving health for substance misusers 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 health and well being for substance misusers ;
  • clinical governance principles required to ensure the integration of quality and risk management within community pharmacy substance misuse services.

Intellectual skills

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

  • drug, alcohol and tobacco usage data and population needs information used to formulate recommendations for action, policy decisions and service commissioning, delivery and provision;
  • national drug, tobacco and alcohol policy, strategy and legislation including how to appropriately apply these at regional and local level;
  • the effectiveness of community pharmacy interventions and services for substance misusers 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 services for substance misusers, including harm reduction interventions, psychosocial and pharmacological interventions.
  • Develop alliances and partnerships with other substance misuse practitioners and agencies to improve outcomes for the client group.
  • Present primary and secondary substance misuse 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 based services for substance misusers.
  • Carry out constructive peer review.
  • Engage in critically reflective practice as a process of continuous personal development.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Set up and conduct effective interventions, demonstrating an understanding of behavioural change.
  • Demonstrate awareness of stigmatisation and the importance of developing non-judgemental attitudes.
  • 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 agencies and by recognising complementary roles and activities.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%
Report 50%

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
Karen Wragg Unit coordinator
Janet Douglas Unit coordinator

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