The Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice (PgCert/Dip GPP) is a part-time programme which runs over two to four years. It is a unique work-based learning experience that enables both Community and Hospital Pharmacists to expand their practice and access career opportunities. It has been developed as a unique collaboration of higher education institutes and employers (both NHS and Community Pharmacy representatives) under the umbrella of the Joint Programmes Board.
Unlike other post-graduate programmes the PG Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice (Community Pharmacy) is a work-based programme that develops your competencies using a validated competency framework which has been accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council. You will use this General Level Framework (GLF) to assess your current level of practice to identify your personal needs in order to design your unique learning programme.
As it is a work-based programme the course runs separately for Community and Hospital Pharmacists.
The majority of your learning will occur in your work-place guided by self directed learning, supported by study days and learning sets. You will be allocated a practice tutor who will help you plan your learning in the workplace and an academic tutor to support you throughout the course.
Assessments are broadly divided into academic assessments and workplace competency assessments.
A range of academic assessment strategies have been adopted including
- Objective Structured Clinical Examinations
- Multiple Choice Questions
- Competency-based portfolio review
- Written assignments to include: short essays; critical appraisals; reflective analysis of clinical work.
A range of formative workplace assessments help you plan your learning as well as assessing your current levels of competency against the GLF.
This programme will help you to seize opportunities in your future career so that you can deliver high-quality, patient-centred pharmacy services.
Completion of the practice elements of the course will also lead to the award of a Statement of Completion of General Pharmacist Training (SCGPT) from an accredited training centre.
The structure of the programme empowers adult learners to plan and develop their own learning pathway towards the achievement of the academic and practice awards, thereby addressing their own personal and professional development needs. Students assess their own progress through the programme matrix and develop individual learning plans based on prior knowledge and skills acquisition. Courses may be followed sequentially or concurrently giving students a degree of flexibility. Students present themselves for summative assessment when they and their practice tutor and academic tutor feel they are ready. Regular progress reviews enable the identification of failing students so that remedial action can be planned and implemented. The flexible nature of the programme enables wider participation by pharmacists in a variety of work settings.
The programme comprises of three compulsory courses:
- Practitioner Development(30 credits)
- Establishing your Professional and Clinical Practice (30 credits)
- Medicines Management in Practice (60 credits)
Applicants will be pharmacists registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB).
In addition student practitioners must have an accredited practice base from which to operate and have access to a practice tutor accredited by the Joint Programme Board.
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