- Academic Registry
Programme & Unit Catalogues

PA30328: Preparing for professional practice 3

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Credits: 12 [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 240
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 40%, EX 60%
Assessment Detail:
  • Practice-based learning portfolio (CW 30% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Development of research protocol (CW 10% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Examination (EX 60% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: While taking this module you must take PA30324 AND take PA30325 AND take PA30326 AND take PA30327
Description: Aims:
This unit continues to build on the skills developed in PA20322 and intercalates with Specialised Integrated Units 5-7 and Medicines Optimisation & Prescribing in Complex Patients 1. To further develop students' knowledge, and applied pharmacy practice skills which may include legal, ethical and clinical problem solving skills to advance their development of professional competence in the practice of pharmacy. This course aims to provide participants with a sound ability to safely prepare and supply personalised medicines for patients in both primary and secondary care settings.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit, the student pharmacist will be able to:
1. Apply robust evidence-based decision making in complex patient scenarios, recognising ethical dilemmas and responding in a reasoned way in accordance with relevant codes of conduct.
2. Reflect on and have the ability to critically evaluate the implications of ethical dilemmas and, where appropriate, work pro-actively with others to formulate solutions.
3. Communicate through the development of effective working relationships with the public, patient/client groups and other health professionals.
4. Supply medicines in accordance with pharmaceutical knowledge, current relevant medicines legislation and codes of professional conduct and practice.
5. Interpret and clinically evaluate prescriptions and other orders for medicines; and to advise patients and other health care professionals about the safe and effective use of medicines to maximize patient outcomes.
6. Demonstrate advanced consultation skills in complex situations.
7. Explain in detail what the term 'individualised medicines' means and describe the major classes of drug product encompassed.
8. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal, ethical and scientific knowledge required of a pharmacist for the safe preparation and supply of individualised medicines.
9. Demonstrate how relevant pharmaceutical science is applied in the design and development of individualised medicines
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
- good dispensing and clinical practice; use of standard operating procedures
- Legislation (medicines and workplace regulation): application of pharmacy law to the professional practice of dispensing and to consumer protection including complaints procedure
- Dispensing complex items including oral chemotherapy, syringe drivers and other drug administration devices.
* Diagnosis and Management of common illness - lecture / workshop series on common illness and practical application in a pharmacy setting
- Developing advanced consultation skills in the context of special patient groups, capacity and consent, complex consultations
* Clinical skills - prescriptions and drug charts, contraindications, adverse reactions and drug interactions, medical notes, lab test results and patient monitoring
- 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
- Ethics: Professional regulation; capacity and consent; ethical decision making in professional practice.
* Clinical governance and quality improvement science
* Introductiion to management and leadership skills
* Research methodology; audit; research ethics; risk management; research protocol development
* Evidence based medicine and pharmacoepidemiology
* Health Psychology - Stress and stress management in health, memory and attention, human factors and pharmacy processes, coping with Illness
* Drug safety in pregnancy - risk management, current research trends
* Overview of individualised medicines
- Legal, ethical and scientific issues related to individualised medicines
- Introduction to quality management systems
* Extemporaneous manufacturing including aseptic preparation of individualised medicines e.g. chemotherapy, and practice of aseptic techniques in non-sterile environments
- Tour of aseptic facility
- Parenteral nutrition
- The use and supply of investigational medicinal products
- The use and supply of protein-based medicines (biologicals)
- Biotechnology of the future
- Quality Management Systems related to individualised medicine manufacture and supply
- Environmental contamination and control.

Programme availability:

PA30328 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • USPA-AFM03 : MPharm(Hons) Pharmacy (Year 3)
  • USPA-AKM03 : MPharm(Hons) Pharmacy with integrated pre-registration year (Year 3)


  • This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2021/22 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2022/23 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2021/22.
  • Programmes and units are subject to change 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.
  • Find out more about these and other important University terms and conditions here.