PgDip Psychiatric Pharmacy (Distance Learning & Practice)

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Entry requirements

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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.

Accredited by the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP)
Written, taught and assessed by specialist mental health pharmacists
Work based practical programme of study which builds on and allows application of knowledge gleaned during the Certificate in Psychiatric Therapeutics
Research in Allied Health Professions and Studies ranked 5th out of 97 UK higher education institutions (REF, 2014)

Mode of delivery: Distance learning - all course materials are delivered electronically.

Duration: 12 months

Entry requirements: 

  • We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation.
  • 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.

  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. English language test requirements may be waived where students’ undergraduate degree was studied in an English speaking country. Find out more about our English language requirements.
  • The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Start date: 1st June 2018

How to apply: Apply here

Deadline to apply: 30th April 2018

  • For students starting in 2018/19: £6,600
  • For students starting 2018/19 that already hold the PgCert Psychiatric Pharmacy from Aston University - £3,300
Practice-based clinical modules: 
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice
  • Clinical Interventions
  • Formulary Development, Clinical Audit and Communication.
Compulsory knowledge based components:
  • Psychological Therapies
  • Substance Misuse
  • Evidence Based Medicine and Information Technology
  • Pharmacoeconomics.
Plus a choice of two from the following four:
  • Research Methods
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Epilepsy.

All course materials will be delivered electronically. You will encounter a range of learning methods, including:

  • Study of authored text material, directed reading and self assessed exercises                     
  • Formative exercises and assignments                   
  • Additional reading    
  • Participation in a multi disciplinary forum (MDT)  

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.

In addition to the knowledge gained on this course, you will develop the following skills:
  • Independent study
  • Good time management
  • Effective written communication
  • Effective oral communication
  • Effective information retrieval, organisation and presentation.

Ian Maidment

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, working predominantly in forensic psychiatry.  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 credentialed member of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy and teaches regularly on behalf of the College. Hannah was a member of the College Council from 2014-2017 and has been a clinical tutor on the Psychiatric Pharmacy courses since 2011.

The programme is accredited by the College of Mental Health Pharmacists (CMHP).
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