PM3REF-Reflective practice for prescribers 1

Module Provider: Pharmacy
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Miss Kat Hall

Email: k.a.hall@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is aimed at practising healthcare professionals who are working as prescribers (supplementary or independent) who can underpin their workplace-based prescribing practice with a professional portfolio of evidence.  For newly qualified prescribers who have not yet written a prescription this module aims to support the transition from healthcare professional to prescribing healthcare professional by supporting continuing professional development and workplace-based learning.  The portfolio will support practitioners to reflect on their experiences by mapping evidence to the Competency Framework for all Prescribers.  Practitioners can choose to map their learning to a second, national or international, professional framework to support their practice and/or revalidation.



The module can be studied stand-alone or as part of the MSc in Advancing Healthcare Practice (N.B. a maximum of 20 credits at level 6 can be counted towards the PGCert and a maximum of 30 credits at level 6 can be counted towards the  PGDip/MSc qualification).  A significant proportion of the module is workplace-based learning and practitioners are required to be working at an approved workplace which allows them the opportunities to document their progress.


Aims:

To support practitioners to critically reflect on their prescribing-related experiences and workplace-based learning.  Each practitioner will be assigned an academic tutor who will agree the focus and approach to assessment to meet individual learning needs.


Assessable learning outcomes:

Knowledge:




  1. Demonstrate knowledge in the agreed field of practice

  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the literature influencing the agreed field of practice

  3. Explain the practitioner’s role in the agreed field of practice

  4. Develop learning objectives, learning contracts and approaches to assessment to meet defined outcomes

  5. Demonstrate the application of the Competency Framework for all Prescribers



 



Skills




  1. Apply the literature within the agreed field of practice

  2. Present reflective accounts/case studies in a clear and appropriate style, including analysing the scenario and the practitioner’s role within it

  3. Reflect on knowledge, skills and behaviours in relation to practice

  4. Identify and prioritise current and future learning needs



 



Behaviours




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

  2. Demonstrate professional learning against an agreed learning contract with defined outcomes

  3. Demonstrate the required competencies in the chosen field


Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

Each practitioner will be assigned an academic tutor who will agree the field of practice and approach to assessment to meet individual learning needs.  Practitioners will be encouraged to identify appropriate training to meet their own professional needs, identified in their learning contract.  Students will have tutorials at set intervals with their academic tutor to determine the focus, agree the learning contract and monitor progress prior to submission.



 



Examples of appropriate learning that could be included:




  • Non-credit bearing CPD courses

  • CPD study days and/or conferences

  • Work based training

  • Workplace-based assessments

  • Structured reading applied to the field of practice




  • Workplace-based assessments

  • Written assignments



 



Note that work that has been submitted as part of another formal credit-bearing qualification may not be used towards this module, except in accordance with the University’s Policy and Procedure for the Recognition of Prior Learning.


Global context:

This module is offered to UK practising healthcare professionals and is focused on the UK healthcare system.  Practitioners can choose to map their learning to a second, national or international, professional framework to support their practice and/or revalidation.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This module is largely self-directed by the practitioner to meet the learning objectives.  Practitioners will have tutorials at set intervals with their academic tutor to determine the focus, agree the learning contract and monitor progress prior to submission.  The module should be focused on workplace experiences and learning related to prescribing; the specific content of the work-based learning component may therefore vary between practitioners and the table below shows approximate hours for guidance.



 



As this module is an individualised learning experience, and may be studied over two to six months, 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
Tutorials 4
Work-based learning 181
Guided independent study:      
    Preparation for tutorials 4
    Essay preparation 7
    Reflection 4
       
Total hours by term 200 0 0
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Project output other than dissertation 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:


  1. Professional portfolio of learning

    • 20 minute portfolio viva




Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:


  1. Professional portfolio of learning

    • Portfolio contents review



  2. Reflective account

    • Written report of approximately 2,500 words




Formative assessment methods:


  1. Feedback from academic supervisor

  2. Feedback from peers in the work place

  3. Feedback from workplace-based assessors

  4. Optional formative feedback on draft reflective account


Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:


    1. The professional portfolio of learning must be passed at 50% and contain all mandatory content

    2. The reflective account must be passed at 50%

    3. The professional portfolio of learning viva must be passed (marked as pass or fail)


    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment will usually be arranged within a three-month period.  Where required, and determined to be achievable, it will be arranged promptly so as not to delay any further study.  Individualised timings may be required depending on the specific requirements for reassessment.


    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    1. Printing and binding Students can submit most of their portfolio online.  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: 16 September 2019

    THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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