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PA10295: Medicines management in general practice for pharmacy technicians

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
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:
  • Work-based Project (CW 80% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Oral Presentation (OR 20% - 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 unit aims to provide a broad overview of medicines management in primary care. It will outline the key processes involved at general practice level and define the roles and responsibilities of the primary care team.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit the student will be able to:
* Describe and discuss the role of medicines management in primary care (assessed by formative tasks within the study guide)
* Describe, map and compare the processes a PCT (or GP Prescribing Consortia) must have in place to manage medicines effectively (assessed summatively as part of the final coursework submitted for this unit)
* Identify the key influences on prescribing decisions (assessed by formative tasks within the study guide)
* Define and reflect on the role of technicians and pharmacists in the primary care team (assessed by formative tasks within the study guide)
* Practise improved communication skills through enhancing working relationships with both patient/client groups and other health professionals in the primary care context; and through presenting the findings of a work based project to fellow students (assessed summatively by making a presentation at the face to face workshop)
* Locate and use evidence from published resources that influence
* Demonstrate a reflective approach to continuing professional development in your role.


* Presentation and communication skills - oral presentation of case and report for coursework assignment (to demonstrate ability to communicate with other members of the primary care team)
* Intellectual skills - identify appropriate sources of evidence that are used in medicines management practice
* Professional practice skills - able to reflect on own work based activities.


* Introduction to medicines management 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 management team
- Analysing prescribing data, prescribing indicators, sources of evaluated information, GP information systems, communication.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA10295 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • TSPA-ADT16 : Modular Programme in Advanced and Specialist Practice

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* 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.