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PA500423: Professional skills for medicine optimisation

[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:
  • Medicines Optimmisation Tool (CW 50%)
  • CARE Tool (CW 25%)
  • pOSA (MC 25%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take PA500358
Learning Outcomes:
* Discuss and evaluate the NHS structure, policy and commissioning landscape within primary care, the roles of the practice team within the wider primary care sector and reflect on your own development needs; define the local practice population
* Develop professional relationships within the multidisciplinary team, across sectors and professions, to improve communication and patient outcomes.
* Use clinical IT systems to effectively document actions, audit prescribing practice and communicate with the appropriate healthcare team to influence and support prescribing practice and improve patient outcomes and NHS efficiencies.
* Apply leadership appropriately within a healthcare setting and identify ways to strengthen leadership skills
* Demonstrate effective patient centred consultation skills (which meet relevant practice standards) and apply appropriate tools to enhance the patient experience.
* Effectively gathers relevant information to develop diagnostic skills and inform clinical decision making e.g. taking a comprehensive medication history and appropriately reconciling medication.
* Demonstrates a holistic medication review and optimising medicines to improve patient outcomes and reduce waste.
* Identify and interpret key laboratory tests and apply this to monitor therapy and inform prescribing decisions.
* Demonstrate sound knowledge and application of commonly used clinical skills e.g. manual BP measurement and urine analysis.
* Critically evaluate the evidence base and apply clinical reasoning and professional judgement to the evidence base for the management of hypertension
* Understand the aetiology of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and acute kidney injury (AKI) and how this may affect clinical decision-making in relation to medicines.

* To increase knowledge of the NHS commissioning landscape and key national healthcare policy in its application to local population health management.
* Be able to apply effective consultation and clinical skills combined with therapeutic knowledge and laboratory test interpretation to inform shared decision-making and improve patient outcomes.
* Through audit of practice, medicines review, medicines reconciliation and effective multidisciplinary working students will be able to take responsibility for optimising and providing of safe and accurate patient care within their primary care setting.

Skills: Study skills
Basic clinical examination skills
Consultation skills
Communication skills
Written communication
Problem solving
Working with others
Handling information
Leadership skills - influencing skills, challenging inappropriate prescribing
Planning and organisation
Improving learning and performance
Scientific and practical skills
Reflective practice
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
* Clinical IT systems
* Audit of prescribing practice
* Leadership within healthcare
* Structured medication review
* Medicines reconciliation
* Medicines optimisation
* Therapeutic topics - hypertension, acute kidney injury (AKI), chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Programme availability:

PA500423 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology


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