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Advanced Clinical Skills (short course)

Develop the skills needed to manage emergency medicine patients while working as part of a multidisciplinary team through our short course for pharmacists.

Advanced Clinical Skills (Short Course) Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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  • Learn how to independently evaluate, assess and recommend or prescribe medicines for emergency medicine patients.
  • Fit part-time study around work through a combination of face-to-face sessions and e-learning over six months.
  • Take as a standalone short course for non-medical prescribers or with our Independent Prescribing course for a PGCert award.
  • Have your fees paid by Health Education North West if you work in the north-west.
Degree awarded
PG Credit
6 months, part-time
Entry requirements

We require applicants to have:

  • an honours degree in pharmacy (Lower Second or above) or an equivalent qualification;
  • a Postgraduate Clinical Diploma or equivalent;
  • current registration as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council;
  • at least two years' post-qualification patient-focused experience in a hospital setting;
  • experience in an acute care setting;
  • support from your line manager and pharmacy department to undertake the course;
  • the agreement of an Emergency Medicine Mentor (EMM), who is an Emergency Department or Acute Medicine Consultant, to support your supervised practice. You will be required to complete 113 hours (15 days) of supervised practice by your EMM.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
20 per intake.
Contact email
Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 306 0604
How to apply

Our course runs over six months and has two intakes each year starting in September and February.

The next intake will be September 2017 and the deadline for applications, including all supplementary documents, will be 1 July 2017. The deadline for applications for the February 2018 intake will be 1 December 2017.

To apply, you will need to complete and submit our online application as well as our Additional Information Form and EMM Agreement Form . These additional forms should be uploaded with the other supporting documents to your online application.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

The role of pharmacists in the emergency department offers an exciting opportunity to work in a new field of practice.

Our six-month Advanced Clinical Skills short course enables trainee pharmacy practitioners to independently evaluate, assess and recommend or prescribe medicines for patients who present to emergency departments.

This will allow junior and senior medical staff to attend to more urgent medical patients in a clinical setting and aims to decrease waiting times for patients with minor injuries. Research has shown that hospital pharmacists with additional skills in independent prescribing and advanced clinical assessment could manage up to 35.7% of patients presenting to emergency departments.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to manage emergency department patients in addition to working as part of a multidisciplinary emergency team.

Our course confers 30 postgraduate (Level 7) credits upon completion and can be taken as a standalone course by pharmacists who are already non-medical prescribers. If you are not already a non-medical prescriber, you can take this course before starting our Independent Prescribing short course . Completing both of these courses within two years of registering will lead to a PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine .

Open days

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • Modular (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,400 per 30 credit unit
  • Modular (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,400 per 30 credit unit


Students starting this course and/or the Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine course in September 2017, or February 2018, who work in the north-west will have their tuition fees paid in full by Health Education North West.

This is as part of a funding initiative to develop the role of pharmacists in the emergency department. Applications from pharmacists working in emergency medicine based in acute medical areas, rather than the Emergency Department, may also be eligible for funding for the Course. In addition, there is some additional funding available for Acute Trusts to backfill for students' time for undertaking either course.

Students working outside of the north-west will be self-funding and ineligible for tuition fees or backfill paid by Health Education North West.