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PA20322: Preparing for professional practice 2

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 30%, EX 70%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Exam (EX 70% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Practice Portfolio (CW 30% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: While taking this module you must take PA20318 AND take PA20319 AND take PA20320 AND take PA20321
Description: Aims:
To provide an introduction to applied pharmacy practice skills which will include dispensing, checking and supply of medicines and diagnosis and management of common illness in the pharmacy. The unit will also cover the key aspects of pharmacy contract law and controlled drugs legislation, ethics and codes of professional practice, consultation skills and health psychology and the principles of evidence-based medicine and techniques employed in pharmacy practice.
To intercalate with Specialised Integrated Units 1-4.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit, the student pharmacist will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an ability to analyse prescriptions for validity, safety and clarity and implements strategies to address identified deficiencies within appropriate legal frameworks.
2. Demonstrate the skills required to supply medicines to patients in a safe and effective manner
3. Diagnose and manage commonly pharmacy-presented symptoms, recognise "red flag" presentations, make referrals and supply non-prescription medicines in accordance with current pharmaceutical legislation and frameworks
4. Apply the principles of evidence based medicine
5. Use critical reasoning to solve ethical problems that might be encountered in the practice of pharmacy
6. Describe a systematic approach to problem solving in the clinical setting
7. Identify the different types of laboratory tests and near patient testing assessments, demonstrate their use and interpretation, and critically assess their application in practice.
8. Demonstrate the ability to use tools that may support medicines optimisation in practice e.g. medicines reconciliation and medicines use review (MUR)
9. Conduct a patient centred consultation
10. Reflect on personal CPD needs and maintain a learning portfolio to support graduate outcomes required by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Scientific and practical skills (T/F/A)
Study skills, handling information, working with others (T/F)
Problem solving (T/F/A)
Study skills (T/F)
Handling information (T/F/A)
Written communication (T/F/A)
Scientific & practical skills (T/F/A)
Information & communication technology (ICT) (T/F)

Content to include:
* Applied pharmacy practice skills - dispensing, checking and analysis of prescribed medicines, medicines reconciliation, medicines use review
* Diagnosis and Management of common illness - lecture / workshop series on common illness and practical application in a pharmacy setting
* Clinical skills - prescriptions and drug charts, contraindications, adverse reactions and drug interactions, medical notes, lab test results and patient monitoring
* Legal, Ethical and Professional Frameworks
- The Drug Tariff
- The NHS Contract
- Human Medicines Regulations 2012
- Controlled drugs legislation and the Misuse of Drugs Act
- Regulation of health professions, The pharmacy profession - professional representative organisations
- Professionalism and fitness to practice procedures, sexual boundaries
- Ethical problem solving and critical reasoning
- Veterinary Regulations
* Evidence-based medicine - Hierarchy of evidence, terms, clinical trials observational studies, cohort studies, case-control, studies
- Guidelines- NICE, BTS, SIGN
- Introduction to pharmacovigilance
- Introduction to pharmacoeconomics
- Critical appraisal and the use of CASP tools
* Consultation skills development
- Detailed structure including information gathering, decision making, safety netting and follow up
- Clinical decision making - Bias and heuristics, decision aids, shared decision making, communicating risk
* Health psychology - Communication to improve health, health risk behaviours, motivational interviewing
* Patient Safety Clinical governance, compliance, adherence and concorrdance
* Introduction to quality improvement science.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA20322 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • USPA-AFM03 : MPharm(Hons) Pharmacy (Year 2)
  • USPA-AKM03 : MPharm(Hons) Pharmacy with integrated pre-registration year (Year 2)


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