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Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Pharmacy Practice – University of Reading

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  • Workplace-based learning to develop your clinical skills

    For progression in your career as a pharmacist

Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Pharmacy Practice

This is a workplace-based programme, aligned to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Foundation Pharmacy Framework, which allows pharmacists to develop their clinical and service skills. It is particularly useful for those looking to change their scope of practice, or to move their career forward and develop on-going proficiency. foundation_school_logo

The Certificate and Diploma help to support the development of core skills, competencies, and knowledge required to provide pharmaceutical care alongside professional development. Applicants must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and working as a pharmacist in primary or secondary care at an accredited training centre.  There is also a programme requirement to have an educational supervisor to support the workplace based assessments and portfolio requirements of the course.


The content of the Certificate and Diploma in Foundation Pharmacy Practice is accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and we hold Pharmacy Foundation School status.

CIPPET is part of the Joint Programme Board (JPB) which is a brand name representing the partnership between NHS pharmacy services and nine local Schools of Pharmacy.

This partnership aims to ensure the content and structure of postgraduate professional education meets current and anticipated requirements of patients, practitioners, and health service organisations.

The programme is designed around an ethos of workplace learning, which is supported by a professional practice portfolio you can take with you after you have finished the programme so you can build on your future learning needs.

key topic areas covered in the programme:

  • Clinical knowledge and services - including biochemistry, drug monitoring, management of specific long-term conditions
  • Medicines information
  • Patient services
  • Technical services
  • Critical appraisal of evidence
  • Audit and quality improvement
  • Service improvement and innovation
  • Transition to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Advanced Pharmacy Framework

How you will learn

The Certificate in Foundation Pharmacy Practice (60 credits) is usually undertaken over 14 to 16 months, with afternoon learning sets and clinical masterclasses every 4-6 weeks to support learning in the workplace.

The curriculum focuses on clusters 1-3 of the Foundation Pharmacy Framework. The programme starts in November on an annual basis.

The Diploma in Foundation Pharmacy Practice (60 credits) can only be taken once the Certificate is completed. The Diploma is undertaken as three modules which take six months each, and is an extension of your learning from the Certificate.

The curriculum focuses on cluster 4 of the Foundation Pharmacy Framework and transition to Advanced Stage I of the Advanced Pharmacy Framework. The programme starts in April on an annual basis.


"I chose to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacy Practice because it encouraged me to keep developing after university and not stagnate. The course helped me look at the evidence for drugs in a more critical manner and think about patients in a more holistic way. I found myself enjoying reflecting on situations and then having ideas to make the service better. The Diploma also offered management and project work that I could apply to my job."

Sarah Garnish

Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacy Practice and Specialist Pharmacist in NHS Foundation Trust

How to apply

For more information on the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Pharmacy Practice, please visit the application portal and select the option PGCert Foundation Pharmacy Practice (part-time).


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