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PA50340: Professional skills for medicines optimisation

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: 12
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: CW80OT20
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
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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:
To increase knowledge of the NHS commissioning landscape and by understanding the local health needs be able to apply effective consultation and clinical skills combined with therapeutic knowledge, laboratory test interpretation and evidence based medicine to inform shared decision-making and improve patient outcomes. To increase knowledge and develop competence in searching, accessing and using information relating to medicines. Through audit of practice, medicines review, medicines reconciliation and effective multidisciplinary working students will be able to optimise patient care and improve efficiencies within their primary care setting.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Discuss and evaluate the NHS structure and commissioning landscape within primary care, the roles of the practice team within the wider primary care team and reflect on your own development needs; define the local practice population. (portfolio tasks)
2. Develop professional relationships within the multidisciplinary team, across sectors and professions, to improve communication and patient outcomes. (Case Based Discussion[CBD], Clinical Activity Reflective Exercise [CARE])
3. Use clinical IT systems to effectively document actions, audit prescribing practice and communicate with the primary care team to influence and support prescribing practice and improve patient outcomes and NHS efficiencies. (Medicines Optimisation Tool [MOT])
4. Apply leadership appropriately within a healthcare setting and identify ways to strengthen leadership skills. (MOT)
5. Demonstrate effective patient centred consultation skills (which meet relevant practice standards) and apply motivational interviewing to enhance the patient experience. (Observed Structured Clinical Examination [OSCE])
6. Take a comprehensive medication history and appropriately reconcile medication. (OSCE)
7. Demonstrate good medication review and promote medicines optimisation to improve patient outcomes and reduce waste. (CBD)
8. dentify and interpret key laboratory tests and apply this to monitor therapy and inform prescribing decisions. (MOT)
9. Dmonstrate sound knowledge and application of commonly used clinical skills i.e. chest examination, BP measurement, urine analysis and blood glucose testing. (OSCE)
10. Use commonly available information sources to enhance evidence based practice. (Presentation)
11. Identify essential information needed to answer a medicines-related question, systematically search appropriate resources and evaluate the information obtained to formulate a concise answer. (Portfolio task)
12. Critically appraise common types and sources of evidence i.e. RCTs. (Portfolio task)


* Study skills
* Clinical examination skills
* Consultation skills
* Communication skills
* Written communication
* Problem solving
* Working with others
* Handling information
* Presentation skills
* Leadership skills - influencing skills, challenging inappropriate prescribing
* Planning and organisation
* Improving learning and performance
* Scientific and practical skills
* Reflective skills
* Information & communication technology.


* Current NHS structure and commissioning within primary care
* The primary care team - GP practices and beyond
* Inter-professional and intra-professional working
* Clinical laboratory investigations
* Basic clinical skills to aid diagnosis and management
* Patient centred communication and consultation skills
* Motivational interviewing
* Clinical IT systems
* Audit of prescribing practice
* Leadership within healthcare
* Structured medication review
* Medicines reconciliation
* Medicines optimisation
* Introduction to evidence based practice
* Answering medicines-related questions - the process, eliciting information, systematic searching of sources, evaluating information, preparing and providing an answer
* Critical appraisal.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA50340 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • TSPA-ADM10 : MSc Clincal Pharmacy Practice (Primary Care)
  • TSPA-ADC12 : PG Cert Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Primary Care)
  • TSPA-ADL11 : PG Dip Clincal Pharmacy Practice (Primary Care)

* 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.