This six-credit unit aims to provide a broad overview of the medicines management service in primary care and to outline the key processes involved at the practice level and teh role and responsibility of the Pharmaceutical Adviser.
By the end of the unit the student will be able to:
* Describe and evaluate the role of the medicines management in primary care (assessed by formative tasks within the study guide).
* Describe, map and critically evaluate (or audit) the processes a PCT must have in place to manage medicines effectively (assessed summatively as part of the rinal coursework submitted for this unit, e.g. using the PDSA tool).
* Identify and critically evaluate the key influences on prescribing decisions (assessed by formative tasks within the study guide).
* Define and assess the role of the pharmaceutical adviser in the primary care team (assessed by formative tasks within the study guide).
* Demonstrate high level communication skills through the development of effective working relationships with both patient/client groups and other health professionals in the primary care context and through presenting the findings of work-based projects to fellow students and other primary care colleagues (assessed summatively by making a presentation at the face to face workshop).
* Locate, critically evaluate and utilise evidence from published sources (evidence-based practice) to influence prescribing decisions (assessed summatively as part of the final coursework for this unit).
* Demonstrate a critically reflective approach to continuing professional development in medicines management practice.
* Presentation and communication skills - oral presentation of case and report for coursework assignment (to demonstrate ability to influence other members of the primary care team).
* Intellectual skills - identify appropriate sources of evidence and interpret this for use in practice.
* Professional Practice skills - able to critically reflect on practice.
* Introduction to Medicines Mangement in Primary Care;
* The process of medicines management:
- The consultation;
- Medication choice;
- Supply of medicine;
- Medication review;
* Influences on prescribing decisions:
- The team, industry, new drugs, key agencies, care pathways, frameworks, ethics, etc.
* The role of the medicines mangement team:
- Analysing prescribing data, prescribing indicators, sources of evaluated information, GP information systems, communication.