Pharmacists are increasingly recognised as core providers of services relating to medicines use, disease management and health promotion. Our part-time postgraduate Pharmacy Practice programme, designed specifically for qualified pharmacists working in community, primary care or general practice, will provide students with excellent clinical knowledge and consultation skills.
On completion of the programme, students will be able to confidently deliver safe, efficient and effective patient care that meets the health needs of their local population. Students will also develop their knowledge and understanding of health beliefs and adherence, public health policy and strategic service development. They will be supported to engage effectively with commissioning groups, develop partnerships with GPs and implement successful pharmacy services that respond to the needs of patients and commissioners.
The programme is modular, allowing students to undertake modules according to personal interests, CPD requirements or service development needs. In combination, completion of modules leads to the award of an academic qualification. Most students continue to work full time in addition to attending the course
Course format and assessment
Taught classes are held on alternate Wednesdays at the Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo campus. Two modules are delivered each semester over five days. A further two days are allocated for face-to-face module assessments.
Modules are offered on a two-yearly cycle. The order in which the modules are undertaken therefore depends on the point of entry into the programme. Contact the course leader if you require specific information about a module.
Modules are taught by expert academic staff and experienced clinical practitioners who are leaders in their field within both primary and secondary care. A variety of teaching methods are used including:
- practical workshops (e.g. physical assessment skills, consultation skills)
- clinical case discussions (e.g. problem solving, decision making)
Material is also provided via the King’s e-learning and teaching service and students are expected to undertake preparatory and follow-up work in order to benefit fully from the taught sessions.
Assessments are congruent with the roles of pharmacists in practice and are designed to evaluate the practitioner’s professional competencies relating to patient consultation, clinical decision making and pharmaceutical expertise. A variety of assessment methods are utilised:
- consultation skills assessments
- case based discussions
- written tasks (e.g. therapeutic review, critique of public health policy )
- portfolio reviews
A portfolio of evidence must be submitted at the end of each semester to demonstrate learning, reflection and the application of skills and knowledge in practice.
- Written reflective accounts of cases or patient interventions
- Written critical reflection of a risk framework
- Design of an adherence strategy
- Oral presentation of a consultation framework or a case study
- Written report of a business proposal
- Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
The 60 credit Independent Prescribing module (accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council) can be taken as part of the Diploma or MSc programmes. Additional entry criteria apply. Full details are available here.
Please note that you cannot take the Independent Prescribing module while you are undertaking other Pharmacy Practice modules.