The Postgraduate Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice

This programme is a progressive approach to practitioner development and ensure that pharmacists acquire the competencies needed to practice in a safe and effective way. This programme links to Agenda for Change and the relevant Knowledge and Skills Framework so that individuals are supported to achieve the relevant gateway competencies.

The curriculum will develop pharmacists who are able to practice at a general level, and consequently embrace clinical, technical, medicines information and patient service elements. The curriculum fundamentally contributes to the practitioner development strategy, as described in the bibliography and the key documents listed in the bibliography.

However, the curriculum will develop the foundations of specialism in practitioners as they progress towards the award of the Diploma.

Aim and Delivery of the Diploma

The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice is to equip practitioners with the core skills and competencies they require to provide pharmaceutical care in a practice setting. The course works on a philosophy of student centred workplace learning. The ethos and culture of the course is to enhance and develop self reliance and an adult approach to learning in support of continuing professional development

How is the joint Diploma delivered?

The curriculum is delivered through a consortium of higher education institutions (HEIs) working in collaboration with NHS specialist pharmacy services.

Local and Institutional delivery

The majority of the clinical and practitioner based skills learning are work-based, building on the current system of mentoring and facilitation. An educational programme director (lead trust tutor) will be nominated for the organisation who will take responsibility for coordinating practitioner development as practitioner’s progress through the award. This mirrors and recognises current roles, but with enhanced impact as part of a more formal strategic approach to practitioner development.

The Consortium is responsible for the provision of open access study days and academic support. The HEIs monitor the accreditation of training sites and local supervisors, and are responsible for learning design and quality assurance of the assessments associated with the programme. The Consortium develops and maintains e-learning systems to support practitioner development throughout the learning programme. Thematic study modules and the management of personal development come under the general heading of academic support provided by the HEIs.