Taught course

Prescribing and Therapeutics

Institution
University of Portsmouth · School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
Qualifications
PGCert

Entry requirements

A Pharmacy degree (BSc, BPharm or MPharm) with a minimum classification of 2.2, registration as a practising pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council and two year's UK-based patient-facing experience post-registration.

Applicants require the written agreement of a Designated Medical Practitioner to mentor them throughout the course and the support of their employing organisation where applicable. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 7.0.

Months of entry

January

Course content

Why take this course?

This course is taught by a range of experts in clinical examination skills, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics in buildings with state-of-the art clinical skills suites. It provides an opportunity to consolidate your therapeutics skills, gain skills in clinical examination and consultation and benefit from structured patient experience in a supervised practice setting.

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

  • Learn from experts in the subject from the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences and School of Health Sciences and Social Work.
  • Gain hands-on experience in clinical examination and history taking, including opportunities to experience clinical simulation in our dedicated clinical skills suites.
  • Be supported throughout the development of your portfolio of evidence of competencies.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Here are some prescribing settings in which participants on the existing course now practise:

  • Mental Health
  • Rheumatology
  • Minor Ailments
  • Pain management
  • Nutrition
  • Travel Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Cardiology
  • Renal disease
  • HIV medicine

Module Details

All students on this course will be pharmacists with at least two years post-registration experience. The course further develops your existing knowledge and skills in the areas of clinical pharmacology, therapeutics, consultation skills, physical assessment and the legal and professional aspects of prescribing roles.

Core units in the course include:

  • Pharmacology and therapeutics for prescribers
  • Clinical skills for prescribers
  • Professional aspects of prescribing

Programme Assessment

This course provides an excellent blended learning opportunity with delivery through interactive live and online learning, seminars and workshops. In addition, there is a 90 hour period of learning in practice, which is supervised by a Designated Medical Practitioner.

You will be assessed in ways that align with the practical nature of the course:

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Applied Health Assessments (observation in practice)
  • Observed Structured Clinical Examinations
  • Portfolio of competencies and reflective accounts

Student Destinations

Roles our participants from similar courses have taken include independent prescribers for an area of existing clinical experience, such as:

  • Mental Health
  • Rheumatology
  • Minor Ailments
  • Pain management
  • Nutrition
  • Travel Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Cardiology
  • Renal disease
  • HIV medicine

Qualification and course duration

PGCert

distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Team
Email
admissions@port.ac.uk
Phone
023 9284 5566