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Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatric Therapeutics by Distance Learning

The programme is supported by the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP)
  • Written, taught and assessed largely by specialist mental health pharmacists but open to any healthcare professional with a suitable first degree and experience
  • The qualification is often a requirement for specialist clinical mental health posts in the NHS
  • No time needed away from employment 

  • An appropriate first Degree from a UK university (e.g. Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing) or an equivalent qualification as agreed by the Programme Director.  
  • International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate a satisfactory command of English language.  They should meet our minimum English language requirement by taking one of the following tests:

    IELTS                       Minimum requirement – 7.0 overall, 7.0 in each area

    TOEFL IBT               Minimum requirement - 101 overall, 26 in listening & reading, 23 in speaking and 28 in writing

    Pearson Academic   Minimum requirement - 72 overall, 72 in each area


Duration of programme: 12 months (distance learning)
Start date: January
Distance learning available: Yes

Deadline for application: Friday 19th December.

Fees:
UK/EU students - £3,450 2014
International students - £4,950 2014

Bursaries are awarded to members of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP) according to the need and merit on application to the Treasurer of the CMHP.

Six modules, two of which are introductory with the following four covering the major therapeutic areas of psychiatry:
  • An Introduction to Psychiatry
  • Underlying Principles
  • Schizophrenia
  • The Affective Disorders
  • Anxiety and Sleep Disorders
  • The Dementias and Related Disorders. 
The following learning methods will be used:
  • Study of authored text material, directed reading and self assessed exercises                     
  • Formative exercises and assignments                   
  • Additional reading    
  • Application within professional practice  
Assessment is by assignments and multi-response question papers, plus a final examination.
This programme is the first stage for pharmacists in becoming a specialist mental health pharmacist.

It is also under taken by mental health nurses to increase their knowledge base especially those practicing or intending to practice as non-medical prescribers.

General practitioners and psychiatrists as well as graduates working in the pharmaceutical industry have also been past students.
The programme is supported by the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP)

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.

Teaching staff

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 an accredited 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.

 

Penny Delaney
Programmes Administrator
Psychiatric Pharmacy Course Office
Phone: 0121 204 3928
Email: p.j.delaney@aston.ac.uk
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