Core Module Information
Module title: Advanced Pharmacology and Applied Therapeutics (Masters)

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: NMS11183
Module leader: Ruth Paterson
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Nursing


Description of module content:

Consultation, Decision-making and Therapy including Referral. Influences on and Psychology of Prescribing. Prescribing in a Team Context Clinical Pharmacology including the Effects of Co-morbidity. Evidence-based Practice and Clinical Governance in relation to Prescribing Legal, Policy and Ethical Aspects . Professional Accountability and Responsibility. Prescribing in the Public Health Context, Exploration of health issues in the international context.

You will develop the knowledge required to critically appraise prescribing decisions using your knowledge of pharmacology and examine the evidence base supporting pharmacological treatment. You will take a case based approach to a deep understanding of pharmacology and critically explore wider issues related to prescribing including medicines adherence, polypharmacy ethics and consent, public health aspects of pharmacological management. This will prepare you to support the pharmacological management of service users in your chosen area of advanced practice. This module is not suitable for those who are either Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health and Care Professions Council registrants rather it is for health and social care practitioners registered with non-UK organisations.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically appraise consultation models and reflect on a variety of clinical scenarios to explore safe, appropriate and cost effective pharmacological management of service users relevant to your area of practice.
LO2: Critically analyse research evidence as it applies to pharmacological management of those requiring pharmacological treatment.
LO3: Evaluate the relationship between multi-disciplinary teams and communication networks involved in pharmacological management.
LO4: Critically reflect on the influences on decision related to pharmacological therapeutic interventions.
LO5: Synthesise knowledge of medications in the context of your own practice.
LO6: Debate the global development of national and international prescribing practice.

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