These courses are intended to help community pharmacists to develop their clinical, managerial and research skills, meet duties imposed by the HSE contract, undertake the role of a supervising pharmacist or superintendant pharmacist with confidence, extend their professional role and contribute to patient care as part of the primary health care team. Because of their distance learning format, participants can continue in full-time employment throughout the courses.
Participants initially enter at diploma level, and on successful completion of core material may choose either to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Pharmacy or to apply to transfer to the M.Sc. in Community Pharmacy.
Core material comprises a series of modules covering clinical, social and business aspects of pharmacy practice, with opportunities for specialisation in particular fields. Pharmacists who advance to M.Sc. level undertake an additional module on research methods and perform a research project relevant to community pharmacy practice.