Medway School of Pharmacy

Medway School of Pharmacy

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Clinical Consultation, Assessment and Diagnosis (CCAD)

This is a five-day practical clinical module for those who are already prescribers and for those who are about to become prescribers. Five clinical days are followed by an OSCE style assessment.

Overview

Are you a non-medical prescriber? Are you about to become a non-medical prescriber? Take the opportunity to get some key clinical skills to equip you in your NMP role. Be able to identify key red flags outside your scope of practice. Know when to refer on.

We aim to prepare you for effective clinical consultation, assessment and diagnosis through a combination of distance learning and interactive study days. This will include critical reading of key papers, analysis of case studies, reflective learning through construction of a portfolio of activities to include critical evaluation of patient interactions.

  • Develop your physical assessment and consultation skills
  • Enhance your ability to manage patients in your care
  • Learn how to structure a consultation
  • Develop your diagnostic methods
  • Use advanced clinical assessment skills
  • Know when to refer to a specialist team

This 20 credit module is part of the Medway School of Pharmacy (MSoP) suite of short courses and can be taken either before the independent/supplementary prescribing programme or on completion of the IP qualification. It is open to pharmacists, nurses, paramedics, dietitians, radiographers and physiotherapists.

 

Content

Students will attend a series of five study days spaced across a two-month period with sessions on:

  • Consultation styles
  • Basic Observations
  • Musculo-skeletal
  • Neurological
  • Mental Health
  • Respiratory
  • Dermatology
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Practice OSCEs

Achieve

A systematic understanding of how to structure a consultation, embedding the principles of concordance in order to obtain a comprehensive medical history, and using documentation to facilitate decision making whilst recognising limitations.

The ability to use advanced clinical assessment skills to respond to a variety of frequently met clinical situations, multiple pathologies or complex medical needs, guided by consultation and diagnostic methods designed to establish reliable identification of clinical presentations and therapeutic options.

A comprehensive understanding of the physiology, pathophysiology, natural history and progression of disease states and co-morbidities which will underpin management of patient care in practice.

Structure

The module entails five study days, followed by one assessment day. The first four study days take place at the beginning of the programme, with fifth taking place a few weeks later and the assessment day a few weeks after that. It is worth 20 postgraduate credits and is part of the Medway School of Pharmacy (MSoP) suite of short courses. You can take the course BEFORE or AFTER taking the independent/supplementary prescribing programme or include it in your general CPD. It is open to pharmacists, nurses, paramedics, dietitians, radiographers and physiotherapists. Access the content of the clinically enhanced module that we have available for hospital, mental health and community trust pharmacists on the Clinically Enhanced Prescribing programme.

Assessment

Assessment is through completion of OSCEs.

Students must also complete a formative reflective diary covering at minimum of 25 placement hours while on the course.

Pharmacists taking CCAD with Prescribing

Hospital pharmacists working in the HEE LaSE area will be eligible for funding for this short course when taken in conjunction with the PG Certificate Independent/Supplementary Prescribing Programme. The funding covers both the short course and the prescribing programme. This is to replace the Clinically Enhanced Prescribing programme we have previously run.

For more information on our prescribing programme click here

Students will need to attend the university on our Medway campus for all compulsory study days for CCAD and the prescribing programme.

Intakes and Application Deadlines

December 2022 CCAD with April 2023 prescribing application deadline 21st October 2022

June 2023 CCAD with January 2024 Prescribing application deadline 17 March 2023

You are applying for both CCAD and the prescribing programme with this application therefore you will need to meet the GPhC and university entry requirements for the prescribing programme to be eligible. These can be found here under Entry Requirements

You will need to be available to attend all the CCAD and Prescribing study days  in person at our Medway campus. The dates of the Prescribing programme can be found here under Course Structure

Winter 2022 Summer 2023
Study Days Study Days
Wednesday 30th November 2022 Tuesday 13th June 2023
Thursday 1st December 2022 Wednesday 14th June 2023
Wednesday 14th December 2022 Tuesday 20th June 2023
Thursday 15th December 2022 Wednesday 21st June 2023
Thursday 23rd February 2022 Wednesday 30th August 2023
Assessments Assessments
Wednesday 29th March 2023 Wednesday 4th October 2023
Application deadline 21st October 2022 Application deadline 17th March 2023

Fees:

Fees: £1,200

HEE LaSE funding available for this short course when taking in conjunction with the PG Certificate Independent/Supplementary Prescribing Programme.

Entry requirements:

Bachelor or Master’s Degree in a relevant subject

Relevant Healthcare Professional Qualification

Registered to work in the UK as a pharmacist/nurse/physiotherapist/podiatrist/radiotherapist/paramedic

Pharmacists applying for  CCAD with the Prescribing programme will need to meet the entry requirements for the Prescribing programme these can be found here

How to Apply

CCAD only:

Apply for Clinical Consultation, Assessment and Diagnosis (20 credits) via the Greenwich Online Application Form. You are applying for Associate postgraduate student- school of pharmacy postgraduate credit- P13272.

Application deadlines

December 2022: 10th October 2022

June 2023: 21st April 2023

CCAD with Prescribing Programme:

Please apply using our internal application form 

You are applying for both CCAD and the prescribing programme with this application and you will need to meet the GPhC requirements for the prescribing programme to be eligible.

December 2022 CCAD with April 2023 prescribing application deadline 21st October 2022

June 2023 CCAD with January 2024 Prescribing application deadline 17 March 2023

Enquiries

If you have any enquiries, please contact the postgraduate taught administrator.

Tel: 01634 202945

Email: Postgraduate Pharmacy