Taught course

Clinical Pharmacy Practice

University of Central Lancashire · School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally have a first degree (2:2 class or above) or equivalent, in pharmacy from an approved institution of higher education. Have a current registration with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (General Pharmaceutical Council from April 2010) Have a minimum of 6 months post registration experience. Be working in, or able to access a practice environment that will enable them to meet and achieve the course learning outcomes.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy Practice is designed to develop clinical and technical knowledge and the skills required to deliver core pharmaceutical services safely and effectively within primary, secondary and community care settings. The programme offers a wide range of options encompassing the clinical aspects of pharmacy practice. The overall aim of the course is to provide equitable training and assessment to equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience to provide the highest quality professional care as well as a method to progress their career. In addition, the programme has been designed to provide opportunities for students to develop a skill base that is not solely focussed on academic ability, by incorporating elements of assessed work which facilitate personal development in the following areas: communication, IT, numeracy, interpersonal/teamwork, self-management and professional development.

The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma is to develop the clinical and technical knowledge and skills of qualified pharmacists to deliver core pharmaceutical services safely and effectively within primary and secondary care settings. The programme is designed to enable you to:

- Demonstrate critical enquiry, analysis and application of knowledge in your practice to support problem-solving
- Acquire and develop proficient life-long learning skills through Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and the progression of a Personal Development Plan (PDP)
- Champion the role of the pharmacist within multidisciplinary healthcare teams
- Exercise personal professional autonomy within governance frameworks and systems.
- Consolidate and extend theoretical knowledge and practice skills to facilitate pro-active pharmaceutical care and management of patients
- Engage with work based learning to develop the attributes of an independent practitioner
- Develop all communication systems which includes the ability to present a reasoned argument

The diploma is run over 2 years. The first year consists of 5 modules (one of which is a portfolio module) and are completed within the year in the order of your preference, to link in with your practice. In the second year you will complete 3 modules, and again one is a portfolio module. There are a variety of assessments for each module, and at the end of the first year you will also complete some OSCEs (objective structures clinical examinations).

Students will attend underpinning knowledge sessions to support their work in practice, which are typically held on one Saturday per month during the first year, with some additional sessions during the second year.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
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