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PA500358: Foundation skills

[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: CW100
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
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Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: While taking this module you must take PA500357
Learning Outcomes:
* Identify and evaluate decision making theory and apply this in practice to support medicines optimisation interventions across a range of clinical areas
* Demonstrate autonomous practice within boundaries of own competence, across a range of clinical areas
* Critically reflect on boundaries of own clinical competency, and refer appropriately to other members of the healthcare team to ensure patient safety
* Describe and demonstrate the key factors required for effective communication with other members of the healthcare team in all sectors, using a variety of communication methods
* Demonstrate timely, accurate, and appropriate documentation within the healthcare record to support medicines optimisation across a variety of clinical areas
* Critically evaluate, and apply in practice, effective techniques to influence other healthcare professionals in order to support best medicines optimisation outcomes for patients
* Identify and critically evaluate a range of information sources, and use these to construct solutions for practice-based problems and enquiries in order to support medicines optimisation
* Identify, and demonstrate in practice, resilience strategies to maintain clinical standards and professionalism within busy, stressful and potentially adversarial situations
* Reflect on learning experiences, evaluate performance, and identify performance gaps as areas for ongoing development.
* Identify and demonstrate effective strategies to assess and prioritise a range of tasks within clinical and non-clinical settings.

Aims: To develop and apply professional skills in a clinical context

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

* Foundation Pharmacist Framework
* Principles of medicines optimisation
* Clinical decision making/reasoning
* Professionalism
* GPhC standards
* Principles of ethical clinical decision making
* NHS values
* Communication theory
* Influencing
* Resilience in clinical practice
* Reflective practice
* Local, regional and national UKMI, including use of databases to retrieve information.
* Structured approach to answering medicines enquiries
* Critical appraisal of common types and sources of literature including systematic reviews and RCTs, including CASP methodology.

Programme availability:

PA500358 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology

PA500358 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology


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