- Mode of study
- Distance learning, Part time
- Contact details
- 01782 734768/ 01782 733570/ 01782 734207
- Contact email
This part time distance learning module can be studied independently or as part of the Certificate/Diploma/MSc in Clinical Pharmacy Practice, Diploma/MSc in Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Independent Prescribing), Certificate/Diploma/MSc in Advanced Practice
In the fast changing world of pharmacy and healthcare provision, standing still is not an option, but you may, understandably, feel under-equipped to meet these new challenges. Let Keele help you meet the challenges set by the Government’s initiatives for the profession. In addition, the requirements for pharmacists to demonstrate their commitment to continual professional development is as strong as ever and is reflected in the General Pharmaceutical Council’s announcements regarding the assurance of the continual fitness to practice of pharmacists.
Our Clinical Pharmacy Practice Programme is designed for pharmacists working in any sector of practice. Our distance learning programme in Clinical Pharmacy Practice aims to provide you with a wider view of health care, and equip you with sufficient knowledge, skills and confidence to be able to develop and extend your clinical and professional role as part of a multidisciplinary health care team. The programme links to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Advanced Pharmacy Framework to enable you to meet the relevant competencies and provide evidence for your continued professional development.
The Centre for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning (previously known as Department of Medicines Management), is part of the School of Pharmacy at Keele University and has a reputation for providing stimulating educational programmes for pharmacists.
We are closely in touch with current practice, through our advisors and are continually updating the programme to meet the changing requirements of the health service and individual practitioners. The programme is highly acclaimed by students, employers, purchasers and external course assessors for its structure, content and end value in relation to service, professional and career development. We are happy to put you in touch with some of our former students for their independent view.
To support health professionals in their own professional development the School of Pharmacy have developed a variety of CPD Plus modules which are available as 10, 15 and 30 credit modules. Course participants may choose to study one module only as a ‘stand alone’ course or choose different pathways to reach the awards of Certificate, Diploma and Masters. This gives health professionals choice and flexibility to meet their own specific professional development needs and to advance their professional practice. The distance learning format of the courses enables busy health professionals to study where and when it is most convenient to them.
The aim of this module is to provide course participants with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the evidence base that supports the therapeutic interventions in the management of malignant diseases, in relation to patient care and medicines optimisation in secondary care.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
Critically discuss the aetiology and diagnosis of the disease by being able to communicate these at levels suitable for patients, carers and other health care professionals
Explain the aims of disease management in the light of current professional practice and research
Critically evaluate the medicines management of the disease, including the clinical pharmacology of the drugs used drawing on current professional practice and recent research
Critically evaluate any non-pharmacological options in the management of the disease
Demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge and understanding of therapeutics, to optimise patient care in ‘real life’ complex situations, using an evidence-based approach that takes into account recent research and current professional practice
In addition, the course participant will develop valuable practical skills including written and oral communication, and the ability to design audit projects, collect, analyse and interpret data (dependant on credit and stage of study). The programme will also encourage you to develop the self-discipline of private study, self-directed learning and critical reflection through the use of a reflective portfolio that you can continue beyond your formal study period with Keele in your own Continuing Professional Development.
Applicants must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council, or equivalent for pharmacist working overseas, and be working full or part-time in a patient facing role in hospital pharmacy. The module is also open to practicising health professionals (in a patient facing role in hospital) who have studied to at least undergraduate degree level, or who have at least 5 years' experience of practising in their field. All applicants must also have the support of their workplace to access patient data where necessary for course learning activites and assessment. Applicants working in hospital pharmacy must normally be supported by a clinical co-ordinator in the work place who has been approved by School of Pharmacy/CPD4ALL.
We recommend that applicants should, normally, have worked in their practice setting for 6-12 months prior to commencing the Course so that they have gained some experience of working in practice.
Normally, only applicants with the minimum of a second class degree classification (or equivalent for applicants from outside the UK) in Pharmacy or other health related professional degree will be accepted onto the programme without interview. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The University reserves the right to interview prospective students and take up academic references. The final decision in any case rests with the University. Candidates are also admitted on the basis of perceived and potential competence to complete the programme.
English language proficiency requirement
If English is not your first language, you must either:
Hold a degree from a school where English was the language of instruction
Take the IELTS (average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all categories).
Please note that IETLS exams must be no more than two years old at the start of the course for which you have applied.
The principal areas covered in this course will be solid tumours, haematology, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Teaching and assessment
The Clinical Pharmacy Practice Programme is designed principally for distance-learning. We provide online distance-learning materials so that you can study where and when it is most convenient for you. Our methods of delivery allow us to revise and update the course quickly to meet your changing needs as a pharmacist.
The Clinical Pharmacy Programme is fully supported by a team of experienced, friendly, and approachable academic, administrative and technical staff based at Keele. The Programme is also supported by our network of experienced, practising hospital and primary care pharmacists. You’re not on your own! You will require the equivalent of 100 hours of study to complete a 10 credit course. Remember that the online nature of our course materials, and the fact that a good proportion of the assessed work focuses on your daily practice, means that you can integrate study and work.
Assessment is entirely by coursework for the Clinical Pharmacy Practice Programme. A variety of assessment methods are used and may include some of the following:
- Problem Solving Questions
- Case Presentations
A Reflective Portfolio forms the basis of assessment for all Clinical Pharmacy Practice modules which assesses your ability to relate theory to practice, and self evaluation of, and reflection on, your own performance and CPD needs.
The nature of the assessments develops your written and oral communication skills. Practical skills and key life/transferable skills are assessed within the methods described above. Each method of assessment is supported by clear criteria for marking; these are explained in the Course Handbook. The minimum pass mark is 50%.