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PA50217: Medicines management in the NHS

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: CW80OR20
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
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Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Supplementary assessment information not currently available (this will be added shortly)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit aims to provide a broad overview of the medicines management service in primary care and to outline the key processes involved at the NHS organisational level.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit the student will be able to:
* Describe and critically discuss the structure and organisation of the NHS.
* Outline the functions of the PCT and critically evaluate its role in fulfilling it's functions related to MM.
* Assess the role of agencies, for example the NPSA, Modernisation Agency, PPA, NICE, NPC, etc in medicines management.
* 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.
* Prepare and present information on complex contemporary pharmaceutical issues to a variety of primary care client groups.
* Reflect on and have the ability to manage the implications of ethical dilemmas and legal issues, and to work proactively with others to formulate solutions in this context.
* 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 Practical skills - able to critically reflect on practice.


* Structure, function, processes and operation of the NHS;
* Organisation of PCTs, Trusts, and the role of the PEC;
* Management of change;
* Statutory functions:
- Commissioning;
- Primary care contractors;
- Risk management;
* NHS plan;
* Special Health Authorities;
* Clinical Governance, quality management and modernisation;
* Finance and budgets;
* Ethical considerations in PCTs;
* Legal issues in PCTs.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA50217 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology

PA50217 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.