Continuing Professional Development for Pharmacy Technicians

2020-21

Start date

28 September 2020

Duration

1 year part-time

Places available (subject to change)

20

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473867

About the course

This course has been designed to help pharmacy technicians, involved in the delivery and development of new and extended roles, with their continuing professional development (CPD).

  • Our experience of delivering CPD to pharmacy technicians demonstrates that career progression is facilitated by completion of our university courses.
  • This course could be ideal for anyone wanting to expand their role, gain the tools for promotion and enhance their career.
  • There is no qualification awarded for this course but those who successfully complete the course will receive a letter confirming their completion.

Course detail

Core modules:

Professional Development

This module offers the study skills and professional skills necessary for new and extended roles in pharmacy. It gives you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills in relation to the use of electronic resources for medicines information and problem solving, and introduces reflective practice, the management of change and report writing. You'll undertake a mini audit project in the workplace, which is presented at a ‘showcase conference’ to give you the chance to demonstrate your presentation and project management skills.

Medicines Management

This module gives you the opportunity to expand your knowledge about how medicines work, adverse drug reactions, the managed introduction of new drugs, medication history taking, medicines reconciliation and medicines optimisation. The teaching includes the management of interface issues, communication about medicines, brand changes, pharmaceutical care planning, effective counselling, the use of guidance and targets and public health. An introduction to individualised therapeutics is also provided.

The course consists of three 20 credit modules at ‘F’ level (60 credits in total) and is delivered in an integrated way to provide skills related to professional development, medicines management and medication safety or accuracy checking for pharmacy (ACT).

Entry requirements

You must be a Registered Pharmacy Technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and be able to use the internet, email and have basic competence in 'Office' programmes such as Word and PowerPoint. You must also have access to the internet.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Teaching excellence

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities.Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to patient care. For more information see the Research section of our website.

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Major changes

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For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas.Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

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