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PA50216: Medicines management in general practice

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Modular (no specific semester)
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 80%, OR 20%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Oral Presentation (OR 20% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Work-based project (CW 80% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
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.

Learning Outcomes:
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.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA50216 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology

PA50216 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.