PMMPP1-Preparing to Prescribe for Pharmacists

Module Provider: Pharmacy
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Pre-requisites: Applicants must meet the GPhC entry criteria for enrolment on this module and demonstrate the ability to study at level 7
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Mrs Sue Slade


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module enables pharmacists to practise and develop as prescribers and to begin meeting the standards set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) which, after completion of PMMIP2 will enable them to apply for annotation of their GPhC register entry to practise as prescribers.

The module can be studied as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Independent Prescribing or as part of the MSc in Advancing Healthcare Practice.  Practitioners will be supported to reflect on their experiences by developing a professional portfolio of their learning which is mapped to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Competency Framework for all Prescribers.


To enable pharmacists to develop the core competencies required to prepare them to study for module PMMIP2.  To demonstrate critical appraisal skills commensurate with Master’s level study.

Assessable learning outcomes:

The following learning outcomes are based on the programme requirements set by the GPhC for prescribing programmes.



  1. Explain the way medicines work in relation to the disease process (pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics)

  2. Describe the roles and relationships of others involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medicines

  3. Describe how consultation models can suppor t appropriate communication with patients

  4. Explain the pathophysiology of the disease state(s) within the stated scope of practice


  1. Demonstrate the ability to analyse and apply knowledge of drug actions in prescribing practice

  2. Demonstrate the ability to analyse and apply evidence-based medicine (EBM) to individualise patient care

  3. Demonstrate the ability to analyse available data to differentiate normal and abnormal results for the stated scope of practice

  4. Demonstrate the ability of undertake respectful physical examinations of patients within the stated scope of practice

  5. Demonstrate the ability to use equipment to support the physical assessment of patients within the stated scope of practice



  1. Continually advance own knowledge, skills a nd behaviours through continuing professional development and life-long learning

  2. Demonstrate a systematic approach to medicines optimisation for patients within stated scopes of practice

  3. Demonstrate professional behaviours consistent with the GPhC’s Standards for Pharmacy Professionals

Additional outcomes:

To gain the level 7 qualification practitioners will need to demonstrate Master’s level critical appraisal during their studies, including the implications to their own practice.

Outline content:

This module will focus on supporting practitioners to apply a range of clinical and scientific knowledge to develop as prescribing practitioners.  The content will also include consultation skills, evidence-based practice, pharmacoeconomics and physical assessment skills.


Workplace-based learning will begin to focus on the practitioner’s individual scope of practice, applying the taught content to their own context and patient populati on.

Global context:

As an accredited programme this module can only be offered to UK practising pharmacists who meet the entry criteria.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This module will use a range of teaching and learning methods.  The University teaching is based around face-to-face workshops using a mixture of presentations, problem-based learning and case-based learning that is facilitated by the programme team, specialists and other healthcare professionals.  The workshops are underpinned by directed learning via Blackboard and self-directed learning where practitioners are required to use a range of sources to gain information to support the development of their knowledge and skills.


There are 12 mandatory hours of supervised workplace-based learning required for this module, but practitioners are encouraged to undertake other workplace-based activities to further develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours.  The mandatory hours will be guided by the professional portfolio of learning.


This module can be studied prior to PMMIP1, alt hough the two modules may be studied concurrently.  As a standalone module it is usually studied over two to three months, and there may be more than one cohort per year, therefore the distinction of hours by term is not possible.  The hours shown for autumn term below are spread over the entire module.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 30
Work-based learning 12
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 78
    Wider reading (directed) 30
    Preparation for presentations 7
    Preparation for seminars 12
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 3
    Essay preparation 21
    Reflection 7
Total hours by term 200 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

During module:

  1. Case study

    • Written report of approximately 2,500 words

End of module:

  1. Professional portfolio of learning

    • Portfolio contents review

Formative assessment methods:

  1. Workplace-based assessments during workplace-based learning

  2. Feedback on workplace-based learning from supervisors

  3. Oral presentation to peers

  4. Feedback from programme team during workshops

  5. Optional formative feedback on draft case study

Penalties for late submission:
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:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

All elements of assessment must be passed; there is no compensation between elements:

  1. The case study must be passed at 50% with all essential criteria met

  2. The professional portfolio of learning must be passed (pass/fail mark) and contain all mandatory content

  3. The portfolio must contain a statement of competence and completion signed by the approved workplace-based supervisor

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment will usually be arranged promptly to allow students to continue their studies although, where necessary, may occur with the next cohort, within a three to four-month period.  Individualised timings may be required depending on the specific requirements for reassessment and ongoing further study.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Printing and binding Currently library costs for printing are 5p a sheet for black and white. A simple ring binder can be purchased from stationers for around £3.

Last updated: 3 July 2020


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