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Medicines Management, PGCert/PGDip/MSc Postgraduate prospectus

  • Flexible distance-learning programme for healthcare professionals working in the UK health sector.
  • Choose from a wide range of options to suit the focus of your own clinical practice setting. Structured to enable you to incorporate learning directly into your workplace.
  • Equips students with the skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to medicines management services and to individual drug therapy decisions.

Overview

Overview

Medicines optimisation describes a system of processes and behaviours that determines how medicines are used by patients and the NHS. Effective medicines optimisation places the patient as the primary focus of interventions by healthcare professionals and is a key driver for NHS modernisation in the UK.

Whether you are working in primary or secondary care, in a GP surgery, a community pharmacy or for a hospital trust, the medicines optimisation programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to medicines optimisation services and to individual drug therapy decisions.

The core courses will give you a full understanding of medicines optimisation in the NHS and how it contributes to getting the maximum benefits for patients and the best value for money. You can then choose from a wide range of options to suit the focus of your own clinical practice setting, to support continuing professional development or as a training package to support service developments in primary or secondary care.

The programme is delivered by flexible learning and is structured to enable you to incorporate learning directly into the workplace. The material provided for self-study is designed for use by all health professionals involved in medicines management and reflects the most recent evidence and practice.

Pathways to MSc award

There are three main pathways to the qualification of MSc Medicines Optimisation. Students can take the PGCert Independent/Supplementary Prescribing for either the first or the second 60 credits of the medicines optimisation programme; they can complete optional and compulsory courses to reach achieve both Certificate and Diploma; or they can begin with the one of our 30-credit short courses and then transfer to the full Certificate if they wish to do so. Please visit the school website: http://www.msp.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/msc-med-management/index.html or contact the postgraduate office on pgtpharmadmin@kent.ac.uk for more details.

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

The postgraduate certificate consists of two compulsory courses and a selection of 40 credits from the list of options. The compulsory courses at this stage are: Medicines Management in Practice (10 credits) and Consultation and Communication in Practice: Patients as Partners (10 credits).  

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)

The postgraduate diploma consists of two compulsory courses and a selection of 40 credits from the list of options. The compulsory courses at this stage are: Using Evidence Effectively (10 credits) and Medication Review in Practice (10 credits).

MSc

Students who have successfully completed the first 120 credits can continue to the MSc. This consists of a research project, supported by academics with expertise in practice research. Students will gain expertise in research techniques, be supported to write a protocol and complete either an NHS or University Ethics application and collect and analyse data.

What you'll study

PG Cert Medicines Management

Medicines Management in Practice(10credits)

Consultation and Communication in Practice: Patients as Partners (10 credits)

Options (40 credits )

PG Diploma Medicines Management

Using Evidence Effectively (10 credits)

Medication Review in Practice (10 credits)

Options (40 credits)

MSc General Pharmacy Practice P13371

Research Project (60 credits)

Entry requirements

  • Applicants must be pharmacists, nurses or allied health professionals (AHPs) registered with the relevant UK professional body and working in the NHS or similar UK-based health system providing direct patient care
  • They must have a first degree in a relevant subject from an EU university. Equivalent qualifications from a non-EU university may be acceptable, but this will be assessed on an individual basis
  • Students must have direct access to patients in order to complete the assignments in many of the courses.

Extra information

Assessment

  • PG Certificate and Diploma assessment is through the completion of work-based case studies and assignments. Generally a 5-credit course is assessed via completion and submission of case studies. Additional written work is required for 10-credit courses. Guidance is given on word length which will usually reflect the allocation of marks. If this is not the case, the marking system will be clearly outlined
  • MSc students are assessed through completion of the research project.

Careers

This degree equips you to work more closely with other healthcare professionals in primary care, particularly GPs and CCGs, while developing clinical skills in your chosen specialty areas of care and offering you the opportunity to qualify as a non-medical prescriber.

P11127 pathway diagram

Find out more information about the Independent Prescribing Programme.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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