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Reproduced with permission from Pharmacy Today (254KB PDF)
Reproduced with permission from Pharmacy Today (254KB PDF)

Internal News - 10 May 2006

Supplementary prescribing course highlighted through magazine

A postgraduate student in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology will be writing a regular column for a magazine about his experiences whilst studying with the University.

David Thompson is a pharmacist from Bournemouth who has recently started a postgraduate supplementary prescribing programme at the University.

Throughout the 8-month programme, David will be writing for Pharmacy Today on a monthly basis about the training and mentoring he receives.

The course helps pharmacists achieve recognised prescriber status which enables them to prescribe specific medicines for individual patients and carry out routine consultations.

This new role for pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals, was introduced by the Government to help improve the range of and speed of access to services available to patients and ease the burden on GP surgeries and hospital consultants.

Launched in 2004, the University of Bath programme helps pharmacists develop their consultation and prescribing skills through taught units, mentoring and a virtual learning environment.

“The University of Bath was one of the first universities to embrace the changes happening in pharmacy practice and develop this innovative programme,” said Dr Philip Rogers, Director of Studies for the course.

“We have developed a package of learning resources that help our students study at their own pace.

“Most exciting of these is the virtual learning environment which gives our students digital access to video and learning resources that help with their studies.

“Supplementary prescribing is a new development for the pharmacy profession, which is why Pharmacy Today is so keen to find out about David’s experiences.

“I am delighted that David has agreed to do this with the magazine, and wish him well on the programme.”