This course comprises of one Level 7, 60-credit module that has been developed in accordance with the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) requirements, and is approved by Health Education West Midlands.
This generic course has been designed to expand students’ existing knowledge and develop prescribing skills to support effective clinical care of patients in a patient-facing prescribing role. This course is suitable for all clinical specialties.
The aim of this course is to enable students to:
- Understand the role and responsibilities of an independent prescriber
- Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively
- Use diagnostic aids relevant to the conditions for which the pharmacist intends to prescribe, including monitoring response to therapy
- Develop effective communication skills and relationships with patients, carers, other prescribers and members of the healthcare team
- Describe the pathophysiology of the condition being treated, and recognise the signs and symptoms of illness
- Take an accurate medical history and carry out relevant clinical assessments
- Utilise knowledge and skills in a critical and systematic manner.
When achieved, students will be able to:
- Identify and evaluate presenting complaints of patients, and
- Respond to varied clinical situations, multiple pathologies or complex medical needs, guided by consultation and diagnostic methods designed to establish reliable identification of clinical presentations and therapeutic options.