The programme aims to equip health care professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute to medicines management services and to individual drug therapy decisions in primary and secondary care. The programme is delivered by flexible learning, supported by up to twelve (depending upon the pathway chosen) compulsory contact days, and is structured to enable the student to incorporate learning directly into the workplace. The material provided for self'study is designed for use by all health professionals involved in medicines management and reflects the most recent evidence and practice. The aims of the programme are to: equip health care professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to medicines management services and to individual drug therapy decisions in primary and secondary care; incorporate learning directly into the workplace and enable the student to rise to the challenges presented by the new, patient centred NHS.
Modules include: Medicines management in practice; consultation and communications in practice; medicines review in practice; using evidence effectively; research project (medicines management). Optional modules include: asthma; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; hypertension; heart failure; ischaemic heart disease; type 2 diabetes; depression; bipolar disorder; schizophrenia; substance misuse; alcohol misuse; upper gastrointestinal disease; minor ailments pain; minor ailments infections and infestations; skills in medicines use reviews (for pharmacists only); patient monitoring in practice (for pharmacists only); skills in public health (for pharmacists only); pharmacy management (for pharmacists only).
Course Additional Entry
A first degree in a relevant subject from an EU university orat least five years of work experience in health care after obtaining a relevant professional qualification. Students must be pharmacists, nurses or allied health professionals registered with the relevant UK professional or regulatory body and practising in the UK, preferably within the NHS. Equivalent qualifications from a non'EU university may be accepted, but their comparability is assessed on an individual basis. Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another language testing system.
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