The aim of the Medicines Management, PGCert/PGDip programme from the University of Greenwich is to equip health-care professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute to medicines management services and to individual drug therapy decisions in primary and secondary care.
Medicines management describes a system of processes and behaviours that determines how medicines are used by patients and the NHS. Effective medicines management places the patient as the primary focus of interventions by health care professionals and is a key driver for NHS modernisation in the UK. The aim of the programme is to equip health care professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute to medicines management services and to individual drug therapy decisions in primary and secondary care. The programme is delivered by flexible learning, supported by up to twelve (depending upon the pathway chosen) compulsory contact days, and is structured to enable the student to incorporate learning directly into the workplace.
The material provided for self-study is designed for use by all health professionals involved in medicines management and reflects the most recent evidence and practice.
There are two main pathways to the qualification of MSc Medicines Management. One involves PGCert Independent/Supplementary Prescribing. Students successfully completing 60 credits from the courses are eligible for PGCert Medicines Management. Alternatively, students may elect to continue with an additional 60 credits to achieve the diploma. A research project and dissertation is required to complete the MSc.
Regardless of the pathway chosen, course options allow students to achieve personal goals within the credit totals for each stage of the degree. They can thus provide a valuable means of supporting Continuing Professional Development or can be used as a training package to support service developments in primary or secondary care.
The aims of the programme are to:
To equip health care professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to medicines management services and to individual drug therapy decisions in primary and secondary care
To incorporate learning directly into the workplace and enable the student to rise to the challenges presented by the new, patient centred NHS.
Graduates from this programme can pursue opportunities for practitioners skilled in medicines management.
1-6 years flexible learning
Up to 3 days contact
(12 days if Independent/Supplementary Prescribing pathway chosen)
Using Evidence Effectively (10 credits)
Medication Review in Practice (10 credits)
Medicines Management in Practice (10 credits)
Consultation and Communication in Practice: Patients as Partners (10 credits)
Research Project (60 credits)
Minor Ailments: Infections and Infestations (10 credits)
Minor Ailments: Pain (5 credits)
Asthma (5 credits)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (5 credits)
Hypertension (5 credits)
Heart Failure (5 credits)
Ischaemic Heart Disease (5 credits)
Type 2 Diabetes (5 credits)
Type 1 Diabetes (5 credits)
Bipolar Affective Disorder (5 credits)
Depression (5 credits)
Dementia (5 credits)
Patient Monitoring in Practice (5 credits)
Advanced Patient Monitoring in Practice (5 credits)
Skills for Medicines Use Review (5 credits)
Engaging with Primary Care: Medicines Optimisation in Practice (30 credits)
1-6 years distance learning (to complete 180 credits)
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Applicants should have:
A first degree in a relevant subject from an EU university
OR at least five years of work experience in health care after obtaining a relevant professional qualification.
• Students must be pharmacists, nurses or allied health professionals registered with the relevant UK professional or regulatory body and practising in the UK, preferably within the NHS.
• Equivalent qualifications from a non-EU university may be accepted, but their comparability is assessed on an individual basis.
• Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another language testing system. Alternatively, students can enter via the University of Greenwich International Pre-Masters' Programme.
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