Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice

Two linked programmes for hospital pharmacists

Medway School of Pharmacy General Pharmacy Practice programmes have been designed in close collaboration with NHS partners to meet the needs of Band 6 practitioners and is delivered through learning sets located in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

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The overall aim of this programme is to provide general-level pharmacists, registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and working within the NHS, with the core skills and competencies required to provide holistic pharmaceutical care in the practice setting.

The programme aligns with a nationally agreed pharmacy practitioner development strategy and is the result of a unique collaboration of higher education institutions across London and the south and east of England.

The programme develops the practitioner student's underpinning knowledge and skills in clinical pharmacy practice and medicines management.

The programme works on a philosophy of student-centred workplace learning, supported by workbooks and learning sets facilitated by experienced pharmacy practitioners. The practitioner students are expected to take responsibility for managing their learning and achieving the course objectives in support of their Continuing Professional Development

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide the underpinning knowledge and skills in clinical pharmacy practice and medicines management to support the development of pharmacists as general level practitioners following registration
  • To enable application of appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to carry out effectively the role of the general pharmacist practitioner within their pharmacy practice base and wider health care teams
  • To enable the student to conduct effective consultations with patients respecting their diverse needs and with regard to confidentiality and consent and to identify, prioritise and resolve complex pharmaceutical care issues.


The postgraduate Diploma in General Pharmacy practice is a predominantly work-based programme that develops competencies using the Foundation Pharmacy Framework (FPF), a validated competency framework accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Student practitioners are allocated an educational supervisor (practice tutor) who helps them plan learning in the workplace and an academic facilitator who offers support throughout the course. Self-directed learning in the workplace is underpinned by study days (or learning sets) at the university co-ordinated by an academic facilitator.

The programme is run in partnership with the University of Brighton.


Students are assessed through objective structured clinical examination, multiple-choice questions, assignments, a literature review, an audit, a change management project, case study presentation and a competency-based portfolio review.

A range of formative workplace assessments help student practitioners plan their learning and assess current levels of competency against the FPF.


This programme provides progression for pharmacists towards advanced practitioner status.

Completion of the practice elements of the course leads to the award of the Certificate of Completion of General Pharmacist Training from an accredited training centre.

General Information

Award: Postgraduate Certificate in General Pharmacy Practice, Postgraduate Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice

Length: 18 months part-time (Certificate/Foundation Stage 1 only), two and a half years part-time (Certificate/Foundation Stage 1 and Diploma/Foundation Stage 2)

Location: Contact days will require attendance at the Medway School of Pharmacy, or the University of Brighton or other locations in Surrey.

Hospital pharmacists working in the NHS within Kent, Surrey or Sussex may be able to receive funding to undertake the course from Health Education Kent, Surrey, Sussex (HEKSS). Hospital pharmacists working outside the area covered by HEKSS can either arrange for sponsorship from their individual hospital trust or self fund.


The structure of the programme empowers adult learners to plan and develop their own learning pathway towards the achievement of the academic and practice awards, thereby addressing their own personal and professional development needs. Student practitioners assess their own progress through the programme matrix and develop individual learning plans based on prior knowledge and skills acquisition. Students present themselves for summative assessment when they and their educational supervisor and academic tutor feel they are ready. Regular progress reviews enable the identification of failing students so that remedial action can be planned and implemented.


For further information about the programme please contact either: Isobel Bailey ( or Dan Lee (

The programme administrator is Louise Dawson (

Tel +44 (0) 1634 202945

The programme comprises of three compulsory courses:

Certificate / Foundation Stage 1
  • PHAM 1133 Practitioner Development and Establishment of Professional and Clinical Practice (60 credits)
Diploma / Foundation Stage 2
  • PHAM 1134 Module A: Developing Self, Others and your Operational Management Skills (30 credits)
  • PHAM 1135 Module B: Ensuring Patient Safety and a Quality Service (30 credits)

Police and health checks

Any offer will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and relevant health checks.

Applicants will be pharmacists registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

In addition practitioners must have an accredited practice base from which to operate and have access to an accredited educational supervisor.

To apply for the Postgraduate Certificate / Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice please apply online via the University of Greenwich website.


Tel: +44 (0) 1634 202935
Fax: +44 (0) 1634 883927

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Last Updated 07/12/2016