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PA30303: The practice of pharmacy

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: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 40%, EX 60%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Law & Ethic Case Study (CW 20% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • RCA Assignment (CW 10% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • RTS Test (CW 10% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Law & Ethics Exam (EX 60% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Dispensing (CW 0%)
  • OSCEs (CW 0%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take PA10014 AND take PA10289 AND take PA20297 AND take PA20298
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To develop students' knowledge, dispensing practice and legal, ethical and clinical problem solving skills to advance their development of professional competence in the practice of pharmacy.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this unit, the students should be able to:
* Demonstrate the characteristics of a prospective professional pharmacist as set out in the relevant code of conduct and behaviour, including working effectively as teams and individually in accordance with the health and safety requirements of pharmacy (GPhC standard 10.2.3i, j, k; 10.2.5a)
* Apply the knowledge of pharmacy law and ethics to the practice of professional pharmacy
* Demonstrate the ability to:
- Recognise ethical dilemmas and respond in accordance to relevant code of conduct (GPhC standard 10.1a)
- Analyse prescriptions for validity, clarity and clinical appropriateness (human and veterinary) (GPhC standards 10.2.2d, e, f, h)
- Use evidence to support the safe, effective and rational use of medicines to optimise treatment for an individual (GPhC standard 10.2.1b,c)
- Safely and effectively supply medicines (human and veterinary) (GPhC standard 10.2.2j; 10.2.3g, o)
- Accurately document and maintain records for the supply of medicines (GPhC standard 10.2.2i; 10.2.3e; 10.2.4.g)
- Undertake pharmaceutical calculations (GPhC standard 10.2.3c)
- Communicate effectively with a patient, obtaining a history of medical problems, symptoms and drug treatment (GPhC standard 10.2.1e; 10.2.2c,g; 10.2.4a, b, d, e, f, h)
- Recognise symptoms of disease and/or inappropriate health behaviours and provide appropriate advice including lifestyle (GPhC standard 10.2.1a,f; 10.2.2b)
- Counsel patients on the safe and effective use of their medicines (GPhC standard 10.2.2c, g)
- Communicate and work effectively with other healthcare professionals to resolve medication issues and improve patient outcomes (GPhC standard 10.2.1e; 10.2.2f,h; 10.2.4h)
- Provide evidence based medicines information to healthcare professionals (GPhC standard 10.2.1h)
- Apply the principles of clinical governance, including identifying, reporting and managing the risks of errors (GPhC standards 10.1d; 10.2.3n)
* Demonstrate a knowledge of:
- Research methods used in pharmacy practice (GPhC standard 10.2.1g)
- Conducting a clinical audit (GPhC standard 10.2.5e)
- Appropriate diagnostic or physiological testing technique to promote health (GPhC standard 10.2.2a; 10.2.4c)
- Pharmacy-related health policy to improve health outcomes (GPhC standard 10.2.1d).

The following skills are taught, facilitated and assessed:
* Critical appraisal
* Problem solving
* Clinical decision making
* Effective oral communication
* Pharmaceutical numeracy
* Effective written communication
* Interpretation of clinical and scientific data
* Professional skills
The following skills development are facilitated:
* Professionalism
* Reflective practice

Legislation (medicines and workplace regulation): application of pharmacy law to the professional practice of dispensing; consumer protection including complaints procedure.
Ethics: Professional regulation; capacity and consent; ethical decision making in professional practice.
Clinical management and therapeutics: application of clinical knowledge to support safe and effective use of medicines in disease management; medicines management; responding to symptoms and diagnostic tests.
Evidence based practice: medicines information; use of evidence based medicine to support clinical decision making.
Clinical governance: research methodology; audit; research ethics; risk management; good dispensing and clinical practice; use of standard operating procedures
Social and behavioural science: health policy; public health; health promotion; disease prevention; health psychology and behavioural medicine.
Clinical commuunication skills: communicating with patients (obtaining a medical and drug history; patient counselling); advising healthcare professionals on safe and effective use of medicines.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA30303 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
* 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.