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This course is for you if you are looking to build upon and apply the knowledge gleaned during the Certificate in Psychiatric Therapeutic This qualification is often a requirement for specialist clinical mental health positions in the NHS. This course is accredited by the CMHP.
Mode of delivery: Distance learning - all course materials are delivered electronically
Duration: 12 months
Pharmacists who wish to proceed to this course must usually have successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatric Therapeutics from Aston University with an average mark of no less than 55% and no referred modules.
Other clinical pharmacy qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Additionally, students will only be admitted if they have suitable access to a multidisciplinary team and patients with psychiatric illnesses. For example, they are employed in a unit that treats people with mental health problems in a clinical setting that is deemed appropriate by the Programme Director.
Start date: End of April
How to apply: Apply here from January 2017 onwards
Deadline to apply: 31st March 2017
UK/EU students - £3000International students - £3000
UK/EU students - £3,300 International students - £3,300
All course materials will be delivered electronically. You will encounter a range of learning methods, including:
Assessment is by assignments, clinical proformas, oral case presentations and a final examination.
This qualification is often a requirement for specialist clinical mental health posts in the NHS.
“Specialist status” as deemed by Membership of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy is also increasingly expected for higher level clinical posts in the NHS. This diploma forms part of the pathway for this accreditation.
Course director Dr Ian Maidment has a broad pharmacy background, having spent periods in the pharmaceutical industry, the acute sector and community pharmacy. However, the majority of his career (20 years) has been within the mental health sector mainly as a clinical pharmacist. He has also been chief pharmacist in two NHS Mental Health Trusts and led medication management education in an NHS Trust.
He was awarded his PhD on medication error in dementia in 2013 and has a masters in research methods. He is a past chair of the UKPPG (UK Psychiatric Pharmacy Group) - predecessor organisation of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy, has advised the Department of Health and lectured widely on aspects of Mental Health Pharmacy. He has published approximately 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Hannah Macfarlane has worked in general hospital, community pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry and prison pharmacy posts but has been a specialist mental health role since 2006. Hannah achieved distinction in the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy and was awarded the Helen Tennant award for best overall student performance.
She is a credentialled member of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy and teaches regularly on behalf of the College. Hannah is a member of the College Council and has been a clinical tutor on the Psychiatric Pharmacy courses since 2011.
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