Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Advanced Management

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Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Advanced Management

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This module aims to develop your critical understanding of medication use in a range of medical conditions. It will develop knowledge around the pathophysiology of the disease, the therapeutics and the optimisation of medicines.

Who the module is aimed at

The module is aimed at clinicians who are not currently able to work as independent prescribers but are or intend to supply or administer medication under Patient Group Directions. It is aimed at experienced practitioners in primary, intermediate or secondary care. Completion of the module will provide role development of the individual extending the practice to the effective and safe use of medication to patients. The organisation will benefit from a practitioner with increased knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacology and therapeutics and apply to patient care.

Benefits of taking the module to the individual, the organisation and the patient.

Throughout the module you will be grounded in the safe, effective and informed supply of medication to your individual patient/client group.

What you learn

This module aims to develop your skills in the critical appraisal of pathophysiology and pharmacology. You will learn the key principles of chronic diseases and their associated risk factors. The course includes the clinical management of some common therapeutic areas including the consideration of co-morbidities and polypharmacy. It aims to develop clinical decision-making with regard to pharmacological interventions, awareness of adverse effects and drug interactions.

General areas covered

  • Pathophysiology of chronic conditions and some differential diagnoses
  • Pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics principles
  • Adverse Drug reaction and drug-drug interactions
  • Clinical decision-making in relation to patient history and drug interventions
  • Understanding the legislation of Patient Group Directions

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills

During the module you will:

  • Review PGD's currently in use in your practice area.
  • Develop you consultation skills in relation to the supply of medication.
  • Develop you practice to include the safe supply of relevant medications for your practice area. 

Fees and Funding for 2023/24

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home student: £1,720

EU / International students: £2,870 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and Workforce Development Funding / CPD Funding online application form

  • Entry requirements

    Normally an honours degree recognised in the UK, 2:2 or above in a related health care subject. The student should be on the relevant professional register. This module would be suitable for Health Care Professionals working in UK healthcare setting. It is expected that the student will have 100% attendance. If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-Sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English. (The above must be evidenced in your application form).

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered at our Collegiate Crescent Campus

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    Delivery Method: Blended Learning: this module will involve a limited number of face-to-face study days supported by online distance learning activities.

    Provisional timetable: The provisional course and assessment dates are subject to change. The current provisional 8 study days are 15/1/2025, 29/1/2025 (face-to-face), 05/02/2025, 12/2/2025, 26/2/2025 (face to face), 5/3/2025, 18/3/2025, 26/3/2025. Final OSCE exam is held on campus.

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks.

    The assessment task(s) for this module are: Case Study Portfolio Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 30 level 7 credits

    • Case Study
    • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 30 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Mitch Lau - or contact the student experience team:

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