Pharmacy Practice

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MSc, MSc (Prescribing), PG Dip, PG Dip (Prescribing), PG Cert

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Combination of work-based learning and university-based study days

| Admissions status: Open
A part-time, flexible modular programme that offers qualified community and primary care pharmacists the opportunity to develop their clinical knowledge and consultation skills, and enhance their practice in the changing healthcare environment.

KEY BENEFITS
  • Teaching is led by clinical experts and experienced academic staff and will combine university-based study days with work-based learning. Course content and assessments will reflect up-to-date practices which will support service development in the workplace
  • Modules may be selected according to professional interests, service needs or for continuing professional development
  • KCL is part of King’s Heath Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), a pioneering collaboration between King's College London, and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.
  • Pharmacists can gain a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, accredited by the GPhC, either alone or as part of the PG Dip or MSc
  • Pharmacists working in hospital, community or primary care pharmacy who already possess a relevant PG Dip may apply for the MSc year.
KEY FACTS
Student destinations
On completion of this programme pharmacists will be equipped to provide a range of new pharmacy services in the community, in line with the demands of the changing NHS. Students may also be able to move into the provision of pharmaceutical and prescribing advice in primary care.
Programme leader/s
Ms Nicola Husain
Accreditation
Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing (accredited by the GPhC) is an optional module
Awarding Institution
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
MSc: UK 180/ECTS 90; PG Dip: UK 120/ECTS 60; PG Cert: UK 60/ECTS 30.
Duration
Independent Prescribing PG Cert: PT, minimum six months, starts Sept or Jan; Pharmacy Practice PG Cert: PT, 12 months, starts Sept or Jan; Pharmacy Practice PG Dip: PT, 24 months, starts Sept or Jan; Pharmacy Practice (Prescribing) PG Dip: PT, 24 months, starts Sept or Jan; Pharmacy Practice MSc: PT, 36 months, starts Sept or Jan.
Location
Waterloo Campus; Guy's Campus (for Independent Prescribing only).
Year of entry 2014
Offered by
School of Biomedical Sciences
Department of Pharmacy
Closing date
13 December 2013 for January 2014 intake 31 July 2014 for September 2014 intake
Intake
Up to 25.
Fees
CONTACTS
Contact information
Ms Nicola Husain Programme Leader
+44 (0)207 848 4838
Email Website

PURPOSE
With the reorganisation of the NHS and the formation of Clinical Commissioning Groups, it is recognised that pharmacists have an important and expanding role in optimising the use of medicines and in supporting better health. This programme will enable pharmacists with the knowledge and skills to effectively develop and deliver modern patient-centred pharmacy services within primary care.

DESCRIPTION

This specialist graduate programme is offered in line with the changing environment of the NHS and pharmacy within the UK. It offers qualified pharmacists an opportunity to pursue graduate training relevant to their professional interests or service needs, as well as the requirements for continuing professional development and re-validation with the General Pharmaceutical Council. A distinctive feature of this programme is that it is flexible and modular, modules can be undertaken on a stand-alone basis or in combination leading to accreditation/awards.



EXTRA PROGRAMME INFORMATION

MSc (Prescribing) and PG Dip (Prescribing)

If you are planning to do either of the above programmes you will find additional details regarding the dates and times for the Independent Prescribing module on the following link: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/biohealth/study/departments/pharmacy/study/prescribing.aspx

Please note that you cannot undertake the Independent Prescribing module whilst undertaking any of the other Pharmacy Practice modules.



STRUCTURE OVERVIEW
Core programme content
Flexible programme with no core content.

Indicative non-core content
  • Optimising medicines use in long-term conditions
  • Medicines and older people
  • Delivering effective patient-centred care in diabetes
  • Supporting self-management of respiratory disease 
  • Supporting self-management of cardiovascular disease
  • Supporting people with mental illness
  • Pharmaceutical public health
  • Service development in a pharmacy context
  • Research methods (for MSc)
  • Pharmacy Practice dissertation (for MSc)
  • Oral hormonal contraception services
  • Postgraduate Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing.

 

Modules relating to teaching and learning can be undertaken via the King's Learning Institute. Examples include:

  • Personal development and continuing professional development
  • Pharmacy in an educational context
  • Professional development in the workplace.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

  • Independent Prescribing Certificate- 60 credit course consisting of a 60 credit prescribing module.
  • Pharmacy Practice Certificate- 60 credit course consisting of four 15 credit modules.
  • Pharmacy Practice Diploma- 120 credit course consisting of eight 15 credit modules.
  • Pharmacy Practice (prescribing) Diploma- 120 credit course consisting of four 15 credit modules and a 60 credit prescribing module.
  • Pharmacy Practice MSc*- 180 credit course consisting of eight 15 credit modules and a 60 credit project.
  • Pharmacy Practice (prescribing) MSc*- 180 credit course consisting of four 15 credit modules, a 60 credit prescribing module and a 60 credit project.

* The research project is undertaken after the successful completion of 120 credits. Completion of the research methods module is a pre-requisite to starting the project.



FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT

Teaching is delivered through tutorials, problem-based tasks, lectures, case studies and scenarios from the workplace.

A variety of assessment approaches are used including oral presentations and objective clinical structured examinations (OSCEs). Students are required to submit a portfolio of evidence, which may include complex case studies, risk frameworks, critical analysis of local and national strategies and service development planning.




ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice
Current registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and one year of work experience as a registered pharmacist.
NON ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced criminal conviction check
Required for successful applicants
Occupational Health clearance required?

APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Your application will be assessed by two academics. You may be called for interview. You are welcome to call the Department of Pharmacy to arrange a visit. We aim to process complete applications in four weeks.

Individuals who are interested in applying for modules on a stand-alone basis should contact Natasha Evans, Postgraduate Programme Officer, for further information: email: natasha.evans@kcl.ac.uk  tel: +44 (0)20 7848 4158.



PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Please describe your current area of practice, your experience to date and reasons for pursuing postgraduate academic study, including whether your current employment is full or part-time.

You will also need to provide a copy of your final degree certificate/s and evidence of being registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council or Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.

If you are applying for the Independent Prescribing programme you will need to provide an additional form, which can be downloaded from the following web-site:

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/biohealth/study/departments/pharmacy/study/prescribing.aspx

You may also provide any other relevant information which supports your application.



FUNDING
Self-funded.


Student profiles

Pharmacy Practice MSc, MSc (Prescribing), PG Dip, PG Dip (Prescribing), PG Cert

Becoming a pharmacist after completing the MPharm degree at the London School pharmacy and the consequent pre-registration year left me with the tools to become a qualified pharmacist. However, I felt to enhance my professional ability in the community, starting a diploma would aid me in developing these skills. Looking at the course structure, the university and location all helped me decide that this course was for me.

I found that this programme had a good mix of learning styles, including hospital visits and talking to patients from expert patient groups, which really helped to improve my communication skills. I felt that the theory of effective communication was previously neglected at University, however using a tool called motivational interviewing helped to develop my skills in this area, something I find essential when dealing with patients on a daily basis. I have been able to strengthen my knowledge of elderly people and long term conditions by completing the relevant modules taught by experts in their field. One of the most inspiring aspects of the course was being in contact with specialists who had a wealth of practical knowledge, as well as listening to guest speakers, such as Ash Soni, who motivated us with his influential words. This course includes elements and modules which have supported me in becoming a more patient-centred pharmacist.

I initially applied for the 2-year diploma in pharmacy practice. However the course’s flexibility allows students to complete a one-year certificate if they wish, integrate independent prescribing into the two-year diploma or even advance to a Masters. I found the courses face-to-face contact time is manageable with a full-time job and other commitments. The opportunity to interact with fellow student pharmacist and learn from their expertise gave me an unexpected insight into the variations of the pharmacy profession.

I now aim to extend my diploma into a Masters and complete independent prescribing, which was beyond my original intention. During this course I have had the opportunity to enhance relations with the local surgery and GP’s, helping me to understand their wider agenda. This course has given me the enthusiasm to get involved in the various portals of the pharmacy profession to successfully equip me for the future; with the changes occurring in the NHS I feel capable of dealing with any potential tides in the industry.