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Pharmacy Practice (Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme) PgDip/MSc top-up

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year 3 days a week (a mixture of lectures, workshops and practicals) September 2018

You must successfully pass the PgDip before you can register for the MSc top-up.

Choose the Pharmacy Practice (Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme) PgDip/MSc at Kingston

This Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP) is a conversion programme designed to enable non-EU-qualified pharmacists to receive theoretical and practical training in key topics relevant to practice in the UK. It aims to familiarise overseas-trained pharmacists (non-EU and not covered by Directive 2005/36/EC) with the practice of pharmacy in the UK. The course is fully accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Kingston is long established as a top teaching university with excellent facilities. We have excellent links with a number of hospitals, including St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Kingston Hospital, the Royal Marsden Hospital and University Hospital Lewisham, as well as a number of major community pharmacies, enabling you to experience the role of the pharmacist first-hand through visits or placements.

What will you study?

We will equip you with knowledge pharmaceutical sciences, clinical pharmacy, pharmacy practice, and UK pharmacy law and practice. Your learning will integrate science with practice, with case studies demonstrating how chemistry, pharmacology and pharmaceutics affect clinical practice. Your learning is further supported with community and hospital placements, simulations and inter-professional education.

Successful graduates will be eligible to apply for a one-year pre-registration period in an approved pharmaceutical establishment, prior to taking membership examinations from the pharmacy regulator (the General Pharmaceutical Council) and gaining entry onto the UK register of pharmacists. Obtaining a pre-registration placement is the responsibility of the student, and different visa requirements may apply for non-EU/EEA citizens. You are advised to visit the UK Borders Agency and Home Office websites for the latest information on visas and employment.

Assessments

Assessment takes place in various forms such as in-class and multiple choice tests, assignments, practical sessions and reports, case studies, essays, posters, oral presentations, portfolios, a research project report (if the MSc top-up is chosen) and written exams.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Modules

  • This module is a core module for the OSPAP diploma.

    It starts by introducing the students (who are overseas pharmacists) to UK Law and Ethics as relevant to the use of medicines and the practice of pharmacy in the United Kingdom. Sessions on communication skills and basic IT skills should ensure that all students have the same level in these important core skills.

    Being a core module of the OSPAP programme, it has been designed to prepare students for the practice as a pre-registration trainee and a future pharmacist, in all areas of practice. Knowledge on legal, ethical, clinical and recent practices related to pharmacy e.g. Medicine Use Reviews, New Medicines Services, supplementary and independent prescribing has been embedded in the module. Students are able to acquire the skills necessary for their professional practice e.g. decision making, minimising dispensing errors, continual professional development, the role of pharmacist as part of the health-care team and pharmacoeconomics. Nearly 30% of the teaching time is spent in practicals and workshops to emphasise these concepts.

    The module also provides support for the students' ongoing study by introducing an Academic and Professional Portfolio comprising activities to support their learning needs such as engagement with the Personal Tutor Scheme (PTS), the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the Inter Professional Education (IPE). As part of the Academic and Professional Portfolio, students are also required to attend a one day placement in a pharmacy.

    It is a professional body requirement that students demonstrate a required level of professional competence before they are awarded the OSPAP and progress to the final stage of training as a UK pharmacist. Students must be able to apply the knowledge they have gained throughout the OSPAP course and in particular that from the Professional Practice and Clinical Pharmacy elements, in a safe and effective manner for patient care.

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  • This module is a core module of the OSPAP diploma course. It introduces the principles and skills required to practice evidence-based medicine and problem solving as a clinical pharmacist. It covers the presentation, clinical features and management of cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, reproduction, dermal, respiratory, neurological, inflammatory, and infective disease in patients. This module will provide students with an insight into the management of these conditions in primary and secondary care as well as dealing with aspects of responding to symptoms and public health associated with these conditions. The module is designed to integrate clinical and scientific knowledge as they relate to patient care. It exposes the student to real clinical situations and near patient learning, as each student needs to spend one and a half days in a hospital setting as part of their compulsory placements.

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  • This module develops the knowledge gained during the induction period of Application of Science to Patient Care (PY7960) to include advanced pharmaceutical concepts such as nanotechnology and their application to patient care. Students will study the regulatory framework that underpins drug development from discovery of active substance through clinical trials, drug development, manufacture and licensing. Students will acquire hands-on practical skills in preparation and dispensing pharmaceuticals in an aseptic environment. The module also examines the paradigm shift occurring in the pharmaceutical industry; the move from simple small molecule actives to macromolecules (such as proteins and DNA) and nanotechnology constructs (such as polymer conjugates, and viral and non-viral vectors). It integrates advanced clinical and scientific concepts using complex patient cases as a platform of analysis to train students how to provide evidence based recommendations. Emphasis is placed on the development of problem-solving skills and independent learning.

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  • This module is a capstone piece of work which allows the student to work independently on a laboratory, field or work based in-depth research project.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

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