PMMGP1-Foundations of General Practice

Module Provider: Pharmacy
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: -registered as pharmacists with GPhC or PSNI -working at an accredited pharmacy practice site and have an educational supervisor able to supervise their practice
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Miss Kat Hall


Summary module description:
This module forms part of the Joint Programme Board Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma in Foundation Pharmacy Practice.

The module focuses on the principles of pharmaceutical care and the core knowledge and skills required of a general level pharmacy practitioner. The practitioner is required to apply these to a range of patients reflecting the scope of foundation pharmacy practice.
There are two elements to the programme (academic and work based).

To critically evaluate the drug treatment of patients in order to provide competent advice on the safe and effective use of medicines.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Four service elements that comprise General Pharmacy Practice in the relevant care setting ; Clinical Services, Medicines Information, Patient Services and Technical Pharmacy. Curriculum Guide(s) are available which contain the learning outcomes associated with each service element. Achievement of the learning objectives is the responsibility of the practitioner.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Practitioners will be required to apply a range of clinical and scientific knowledge to solve common, medication related, problems. Drug therapy for a number of common disease states and associated surgical conditions will have to be explored and evaluated. This will require an understanding of the current treatment options, including the current evidence base, available to manage these conditions. A particular emphasis will be placed on minimising the risk associated with medication use.

Twelve learning sets are held throughout the Module. These serve as an information resource and to clarify difficult concepts. An academic facilitator will provide material on Blackboard in advance of the seminar where appropriate and time is made available for questions and answers. Workshops enable practitioners to apply principles and concepts to case studies. This element of the module uses learning with small groups of practitioners. Each group is given a problem and must identify the knowledge and information needed to understand the nature of the problem. Practitioners learn to work as part of a team, carrying out research and presenting findings in both oral and written formats to other team members

Learning sets for this Module are themed in order to meet the Modular learning outcomes. In addition to the theme for the learning set practitioners may be asked to present to their colleagues on a particular topic chosen from the Clinical Services Curriculum Guide. The topic will have been agreed by practitioners in conjunction with the academic facilitator at the previous seminar. The presentation may be based around a specific patient or clinical problem and should be designed to help colleagues to meet the learning outcomes for the chosen disease.

Learning sets also provide the opportunity for practitioners to discuss their portfolio of evidence with colleagues as a means of sharing experience and receiving support.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching methods are varied and include the concepts of self directed and self-managed learning, IT and web-based learning methods, seminars, small group work, problem-based learning approaches and individual work. Recognised experts, pharmacists and other health care professionals, contribute to the programme.

In addition to the learning sets, practitioners must undertake required practice activities at their place of work. This helps them develop their clinical approach to identifying pharmaceutical care issues and preparing appropriate care plans to optimise the treatment of individual patients. An educational supervisor is assigned to facilitate learning. Practitioners are required to contact their educational supervisor on a regular basis, normally monthly.

Practitioners are expected to take responsibility for their own self- directed learning.
They are required to access a variety of sources in order to gain information to support learning and to help complete practice activities and coursework assignments. Tutorials provide training in accessing databases and identifying the best sources of information. Practitioners will set their own learning goals and be responsible for meeting the requirements of the Certificate programme.

Contact hours:
All terms, normally over 12 to 18 months

(based on Autumn start and involvement in 2 Autumn terms)

Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials/seminars 30 15 15
Work based learning 270 135 135
Total hours 300 150 150
Number of essays or assignments 3 1 1
Other (eg major seminar paper) 1   1

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Practical skills assessment 50

Other information on summative assessment:

THe written exam, OSCE and coursework are pass/fail assessments.

Summative assessment at month 10 to 12

- Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

Summative assessment at month 14 to 18

- Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

 - Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

- Portfolio review

Formative assessment methods:

Formative Workplace Assessments include a Record of In-service Training Assessment (RITA) at 4, 8 and 12 months and the Foundation pharmacy framework (FPF) at 10 months and 14 months

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy. 

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;

  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:

    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

MCQ 2 x 1 hour

OSCE 8 x 10 mins

Requirements for a pass:

Practitioners are required to have competence of all elements in the FPF and satisfactory RITAs.  The pass mark for the MCQs is 50%.  Practitioners are required to achieve a pass mark in 5 of the 8 OSCE stations. The portfolio has a pass mark of 50%, being marked in line with the Masters level marking criteria.

Reassessment arrangements:
If coursework or assessments do not meet the required standard, Practitioners will be given an opportunity to resubmit / resit the failed element. All reassessments which meet the required standard are graded as a bare pass of 50% only.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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