PMMCE1-Clinically Enhanced Skills

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

Module Convenor: Miss Kat Hall


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is aimed at practising healthcare professionals who are in roles requiring, or that will require, clinically enhanced skills in history taking and physical assessment.  Through academic study days and workplace-based learning students will be supported to develop skills in analysing, evaluating and recording information in relation to enhanced patient care roles.  This module is particularly suited for students who are working, or planning a role as, an independent prescriber.

The module can be studied stand-alone 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 can be mapped to a relevant professional framework, such as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Competency Framework for all Prescribers.


This module aims to provide students with a systematic understanding of history taking and physical assessment skills to develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours in consulting with patients/carers and diagnosing disease affecting core body systems.  It will provide an overview of the major body systems.

Assessable learning outcomes:


  1. Discuss the theoretical and clinical aspects underpinning consultation, history taking and physical assessment skills

  2. Explain the diagnosis, treatment and physical assessment of disease states affecting the body systems covered in the module

  3. Describe the theory of clinical decision making



  1. Demonstrate advanced skills in conducting consultations and history taking with patients/carers, including data gathering, synthesis and communication

  2. Demonstrate the ability to undertake respectful physical examinations of patients, including inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation

  3. Demonstrate the ability to analyse available data to differentiate normal and abnormal results, using this information to identify a differential diagnosis and plan; including applying clinical decision-making skills, responding to red flags, seeking advice and documentation

  4. Critically reflect on personal development of knowledge, skills and behaviour in relation to personal limitations, advanced clinical practice and continuing professional development



  1. Independently develop knowledge and skills in order to identify, prioritise and resolve complex problems in a range of common conditions

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

  3. Demonstrate a systematic approach to managing patients with a range of common conditions

Additional outcomes:

Students will have the opportunity to learn from other healthcare professionals during the programme, supporting the development of their skills in interprofessional working.  In addition to the assessed learning outcomes, students will be actively learning in workshops and developing their skills in professional discussion, justification and critical appraisal.

Students who are studying this module within a pathway to independent prescribing will be able to further develop their knowledge and skills in their intended scope of practice through their wider workplace-based learning and assessment.

Students who are not undertaking, or who already hold, an independent prescribing qualification but wish to further develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours in their scope of practice through workplace-based learning and assessment, can continue their studies on other modules such as PMMWBL.

Outline content:

This module will focus on supporting practitioners to apply a range of clinical and scientific knowledge to assess, diagnose and propose treatment plans for common disease states of the major body systems.  The workshops will focus on history taking, consultation skills, therapeutics and physical examination for ENT, respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, abdominal and musculoskeletal conditions.  There will the opportunity for optional venepuncture training.


Students who are uncomfortable with physical contact should contact the admissions tutor to discuss the module requirements prior to enrolling.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This module is offered to UK practising healthcare professionals and is focused on the UK healthcare system.  The portfolio can be mapped to a professional framework for the field of practice, or a generic professional framework, such as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Competency Framework for all Prescribers.  Where practitioners chose a framework, it can be UK based or international.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 25
Supervised time in studio/workshop 25
Work-based learning 30
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 50
    Wider reading (directed) 14
    Exam revision/preparation 21
    Preparation for tutorials 14
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 21
Total hours by term 200 0 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Practical skills assessment 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

End of module:

  1. Practical skills assessment: One hour Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

  1. Professional portfolio of learning

    • Portfolio contents review

Formative assessment methods:

  1. Workplace-based assessments during workplace-based learning

  2. Workplace-based assessments during simulated learning

  3. Feedback on workplace-based learning from educational supervisor

  4. Feedback from peers during workshops

  5. Feedback from programme team during workshops

  6. Mock OSCE station

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:

  1. The OSCE station must be passed at 50% with all essential criteria met

  2. The professional portfolio of learning is marked as pass or fail (it must be passed and contain all mandatory content)

  3. The portfolio must contain a statement of competence signed by an agreed workplace-based supervisor

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. Required text books A wide variety of text books are available from the library.  Students may choose to purchase their own copies at varying costs.

2. Specialist equipment or materials Students may choose to purchase their own professional standard stethoscope costing approximately £90-£160

3. 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: 11 September 2019


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