THE University of Strathclyde has launched a new Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice postgraduate course, which it says will produce highly skilled practitioners who can improve patient care by driving forward innovation in all areas of pharmacy practice through delivery of the Scottish Government’s Vision and Action Plan: Prescription for Excellence.
The course is designed around three practitioner toolkits: Therapeutics, Health Service Quality Improvement, and Research. Each theme contains classes designed to address a range of development needs.
- Advanced clinical assessment and consultation skills – aims to develop skills in clinical assessment and enables participants to gain experience in conducting consultations to support clinical decision-making for individual patients.
- Advanced therapeutics and health innovation – explores the complexity of clinical care through examining the inter-relationships between comorbidity, advancing diagnostic and treatment innovations, resource management and the wishes of individual patients.
- Clinical practice attachment – provides practical experience of advanced patient care through direct exposure to a health service specialty and the associated clinical team.
The Health Service Quality Improvement Toolkit
- Pharmacist Independent Prescribing – prepares clinical practitioners to be pharmacist independent prescribers within NHS Scotland.
- Clinical service development – introduces the principles and practice of planning a clinical service development.
- Quality Improvement Methodology – introduces the theory, principles and practice of quality improvement when these are applied in a healthcare setting.
- Research Skills – develops knowledge and skills in research methodology and data analysis to enable practitioners to plan a project within clinical practice.
- Research Project – provides experience in the design, implementation and presentation of a clinical research project.
Successful completion of 60 credits from any combination of classes leads to a Postgraduate Certificate; 120 credits a Postgraduate diploma; and the full course of 180 credits an MSc.
The Independent Prescribing (IP) qualification is as an optional 30-credit module. People who have already completed the IP qualification will receive 30 credits for prior learning and the requirements for each award will be reduced by 30 credits.
A maximum of 5 years is allowed from the point of first registration to completion of the required classes up to the award of an MSc. Applicants should hold a degree in Pharmacy from a UK university or an equivalent qualification and be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council.
The University also recently launched an MSc in Pharmacy Practice for overseas students. It comprises taught classes (essential clinical therapeutics; health service: quality improvement; pharmaceutical services; clinical pharmacy management; and advanced clinical therapeutics) as well as experiential learning delivered in NHS hospitals and community pharmacies with a number of course partners.
Dr Anne Boyter, Director of Teaching & Deputy Head of Institute at Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS) told Pharmacy in Practice: “The MSc in Pharmacy Practice was launched in January 2017 as a joint initiative between SIPBS at the University of Strathclyde, NHS GGC, NHS Lothian and Community Pharmacy Scotland. This is a bespoke course for overseas students who wish to gain extensive experience in clinical practice.
“The course is 18 months in duration and students spend 50% of the course in practice. The course covers both clinical, managerial and audit aspects of pharmacy practice with periods of university learning and teaching supplemented by professional experiential learning.
“Our first cohort of students are 8 pharmacists from Saudi Arabia who have already spent time in hospital practice.
“We are delighted to be able to offer this unique course for overseas students which compliments the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice which has been developed for pharmacists who are registered with the GPhC.
“SIPBS also offers postgraduate Masters degrees in Pharmaceutical Analysis, Advanced Biochemistry, Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Immunology, Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Industrial Biotechnology and Molecular Microbiology. There are plans for and MSc in Cancer Therapies and an MSc in Advanced Drug Delivery.”
The Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice course starts in September 2017. For more details see the University website.