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PA500357: Foundation knowledge

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Credits: 15 CATS credits
Notional Study Hours: 150
Level: FHEQ level 7
Modular (no specific semester)
Assessment Summary: CW 75%, MC 25%
Assessment Detail:
  • Pharmacy Online Skills Assessment (pOSA) (MC 25%)
  • Clinical & Work-Based Portfolio (CW 75%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: While taking this module you must take PA500358
Learning Outcomes:
* Describe, identify and clinically prioritise drug interactions, and intervene in patient care to optimise medicines and minimise risks of across a range of clinical conditions.
* Identify how pharmacology of medicines is affected by key co-pathologies and intervene in patient care to optimise medicines and minimise risks of across a range of clinical conditions.
* Identify and interpret laboratory tests, physiological parameters, and other diagnostic indicators to support medicines optimisation decision making in practice
* Apply the principles of antibiotic stewardship in practice to minimise the impact of inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing and optimise patient outcomes.
* Critically describe how local and national reporting systems are employed in clinical practice to support improvements in patient safety
* Describe and demonstrate how local and national policies and guidance support cost-effective medicines optimisation decision making
* Reflect on learning experiences, evaluate performance, and identify performance gaps as areas for ongoing development.

Aims: To develop and apply clinical, practical and professional knowledge, supporting the delivery of effective medicines optimisation across a range of clinical areas.

* Clinical skills
* Study skills
* Written communication
* Working with others
* Scientific and practical skills
* Improving learning and performance
* Information and communication technology
* Problem solving.

* Acute Kidney Injury
* Chronic Kidney Disease
* Hepatic dysfunction
* Blood results, physiological parameters, imaging and other diagnostics to identify and monitor pathophysiology, effectiveness and adverse reactions to pharmacotherapeutics
* Identification of sepsis
* Antibiotic stewardship in the UK
* Principles of paediatric medicines optimisation
* Central Alerting system
* Local and national errors reporting
* Never events
* Pharmacoeconomics, drug expenditure and drug budgets
* Local and regional formulary
* NICE guidelines and high cost drugs.

Programme availability:

PA500357 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology

PA500357 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology


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