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Clinical Pharmacy Practice - Advanced

Overview
The PgDip in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice, is designed to help pharmacists to acquire and demonstrate the advanced-level competencies defined in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Advanced Pharmacy Framework, through a rigorous programme of study that provides students with the knowledge and skills required to:

Review and incorporate current evidence into practice

Work effectively in a multidisciplinary clinical environment

Make decisions in complex clinical situations

Communicate effectively with patients who have common long-term medical conditions

Undertake clinical and practice-based research

This programme has replaced our previous postgraduate courses in clinical and community pharmacy. It is completed by Distance Learning, without attending on-campus and is therefore open to both UK and International pharmacists.

Open to pharmacists from all employment sectors

Distance learning

Independent Prescribing option for GB pharmacists

Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice highlights
Over 3000 students in more than 25 countries have completed a postgraduate distance learning degree in the School of Pharmacy.

World Class Facilities
•The School of Pharmacy at Queen's is acknowledged as a leading centre for Pharmacy teaching and research in the UK, consistently featuring at or near the top of league tables for the subject.

Student Experience
•The School has strong international links as well as a great community spirit.

Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:

The programme is delivered by the School's Distance Learning Centre and is completed by distance learning.

Students complete compulsory core modules that include medicines optimisation, interpersonal skills, research methods and data analysis, and can select from a range of optional modules that are relevant to their current work or that will help them to achieve their employment aspirations.

Students can complete their studies by distance/online learning without having to attend on-campus. Alternatively, students in Great Britain may undertake Independent Prescriber training as an option in the second year, which includes a one-week residential in Belfast.

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements
Graduate
This course is designed to meet the postgraduate education needs of pharmacists working in patient-facing roles, although applications are welcome from pharmacists working in any employment sector.

The programme is open to local, national and international applicants.

Applicants must have a pharmacy degree (minimum Bachelor degree) from a university recognised by Queen's University Belfast and be registered as a pharmacist with an appropriate regulatory organisation.

The University requires evidence that international applicants are competent in the use of English language.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
•Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
•Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Duration

2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Introduction
This programme will enhance opportunities to progress your career as a pharmacist to advanced practitioner level.

Pharmacists in Great Britain have an option to undertake non-medical prescriber training in the second year.

Further enquiries

Dr Brian McCaw 
Distance Learning Centre Manager
School of Pharmacy
Email: b.mccaw@qub.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Year 1
Core modules
Medicines Optimisation (10 Credits)
Effective Communication & Consultation Skills (10 Credits)
Management of Long-term Conditions 1 (20 Credits)
PLUS Two from the 10 Credit options listed below

Year 2
Core modules
Research Methods (10 Credits)
Data Analysis (10 Credits)
Management of Long-term Conditions 2 (20 Credits)
PLUS Two from the 10 Credit options listed below.

10 Credit Options
Adverse drug reactions and interactions
Managing drug treatment
Evidence-based medicine
Health promotion
Infection and antimicrobial stewardship
Medicines governance
Prescribing audit and analysis

Independent prescribing option
Students in Great Britain can complete Independent Prescriber (IP) training in Year 2 as an alternative to the modules listed above.

The IP option is delivered via a combination of e-learning and work-based learning and includes 12 days in-practice training with a Designated Medical Practitioner, the purpose of which is to enable the student to develop and practice clinical examination skills relevant to the condition(s) for which they intend to prescribe. The pharmacist may complete their in-practice training at any point during the course.
Independent Prescribing applicants must have been practicing for at least two years and should be employed in either primary or secondary care at the start of their IP studies.

Residential
Students taking the IP option are required to attend a 5-day residential in Belfast, which will include workshops, clinical skills training and assessment. The residential will be held in the second Semester (dates to be confirmed). Students are required to pay their own travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.

Assessment method

Assessments include coursework assignments, online tests and a written examination in each of the first and second years. In addition, competency assessments, practice portfolios and Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) are included in the Independent Prescribing option.

Application date

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2019

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