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 Medway School of Pharmacy MSc in Medicines Management is designed to equip healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to medicines management services and to individual drug therapy decisions.
The programme is delivered by distance learning supported by 6 compulsory contact days. (2 for each level: Certificate, Diploma, MSc). The programme content is up-to-the-minute and each course comprises a mixture of text, resources for self-study and case studies interspersed with suggestions for activities which link the learning directly with practice
Assessments include case study analysis, critical appraisal of the literature, written assignments which include short essays, development of service specifications, narratives linking evidence with practice. For the research project which completes the final 60 credits of the programme, students will be required to prepare a short research paper for publication, produce a research poster for presentation and carry out a structured research thesis.
There are many opportunities within medicines management for health care professionals with an additional qualification.
The programme consists of core and optional courses. These can be 15, 10 or 5 credits. Students undertaking the certificate must complete a total of 60 credits. At certificate level one course studied must be a core course. Diploma students must complete an additional 60 credits and a further 2 core courses (if not already studied at certificate level). Students who continue to MSc level must complete a research project related to their practice, write a thesis and present the results in a short paper and a poster presentation.
Patients as Partners (15 credits)
This course will support students to work more closely with patients to enhance the processes of concordance and compliance through practical techniques and an improved understanding of the role of patient support organisations on a national and local basis. Students will also be asked to consider their public health role in relation to their practice population.
Advanced Medication Review (15 credits)
This course helps prepare practitioners for undertaking systematic and holistic medication review at Levels 1-3 (as defined in the new General Medical Services Contract [nGMS]) in the context of an established medicines management programme using the principles of pharmaceutical care planning.
Using Evidence Effectively (10 credits)
This course sets medicines information skills in the context of medicines management by ensuring the student can accurately use search, critical appraisal and communication skills to support prescribing and monitoring decisions. In addition it will equip practitioners to analyse health economic data and apply it to their practice.
- Applied Therapeutics: Cardiovascular Disease (15 credits)
- Applied Therapeutics: Diabetes and Impaired Glucose Tolerance (15 credits)
- Applied Therapeutics: Minor Ailments: Service Development for Pharmacists (10 Credits)
- Applied Therapeutics: Minor Ailments (15 credits)
- Applied Therapeutics: Mental Health (15 credits)
- Applied Therapeutics: Gastro-Intestinal Disease (10 credits)
- Applied Therapeutics: Respiratory Diseases (15 credits)
- Principles of Medicines Management (15 credits)
Link with Prescribing Programme
The Postgraduate Certificate in Prescribing can be used as one pathway into the MSc in Medicines Management. Students can choose to study Prescribing either as the first or second year of their diploma programme. Students choosing this pathway only need to complete two core courses. See separate entry on the Prescribing Programme for details.
The distance learning nature of the programme makes it very flexible. Students can start at any stage throughout the year and are able to negotiate a personal timetable for submission of assessment with the programme tutors. The courses are fully supported by experienced pharmacists, many of whom have a continuing clinical or management role within the NHS.
Applicants must be pharmacists, nurses or AHPs registered with the relevant UK professional body and working in the NHS or similar health system providing direct patient care.
They must have a first degree in a relevant subject from an EU university. Equivalent qualifications from a non-EU university may be acceptable, but this will be assessed on an individual basis.
Applicants must have at least five years' experience working in health care after professional qualification.
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