Community pharmacy training at DMU
Community pharmacists can now benefit from fully funded post-registration training opportunities at De Montfort University (DMU).
Supported by NHS England and Health Education England through the Pharmacy Integration Fund, the training opportunities are designed to support pharmacy professionals to better integrate into wider primary care, with the aim of creating more efficient and effective patient care pathways.
Community pharmacists wanting to develop their skills can therefore receive funding to complete community pharmacy training modules at DMU from March 2018.
More information about the modules available and the opportunity to continue on to secure a postgraduate certificate, diploma or master's qualification can be found on the Clinical Pharmacy course page.
Why choose to study at DMU?
De Montfort University (DMU) is just one of three universities in the UK to have been commissioned to deliver training to support the development and integration of clinical pharmacy practice within primary care through the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PIF).
- Fully funded post-registration learning opportunities for community pharmacists
with fees covered by the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PIF) for those beginning their studies after January 2018
- Opportunity to secure a postgraduate qualification
by completing enough modules to obtain a PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Master's qualification
- Suitable for a range of professionals
such as pharmacists and locums in hospitals, primary care, community and prison settings
- Benefit from multiple exit routes and specialist modules
including Independent Prescribing (subject to separate entry criteria and admissions process)
- Tailor your study to your career interests
and learn from a pharmacy team with experience in a range of hospital, community and primary care, secure environment and prescribing areas of pharmacy practice
- Flexible distance learning with minimal attendance
and an inclusive ethos that supports the diversity of the modern pharmacy workforce
- DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework, indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [HEFCE, 2017]
"My experience at DMU as a postgraduate student has been wonderful. The course is well thought out, teaching not only key knowledge but also equipping pharmacists with skills to continue learning throughout their careers. My competencies have risen exponentially since completing the course and I have been able to progress into roles previously out of reach. The tutors have been very supportive and are always available to discuss any issues, be it over the phone or over a cup of coffee. I would highly recommend DMU for pharmacy postgraduate courses."
Sadiq Ahmed, Clinical Pharmacy graduate
Funding is available to qualified community pharmacists who are able to:
- demonstrate the added value of their training to service delivery. For example, working as part of Healthy Living Pharmacies with level 1 status or above, or provision of existing services such as NMS (New Medicine Service) / MUR (Medicines Use Reviews)/seasonal flu or locally commissioned clinical services
- ensure employer agreement to release and support the learner including the support of work-based assessments
- commit to share information and participate in the development of case studies to demonstrate the impact of their role as part of the transformation of pharmacy services (and have a willingness for this information to be shared with third parties, eg HEE and NHS England)
- commit to be part of a future evaluation of the impact of new skills on service delivery
- demonstrate that they are working at least 0.4 full-time equivalent (WTE) days per week in a community pharmacy*
Pharmacists enrolled on the following NHS England service pathways are not eligible to access this post-registration training provision.
- Integrating Pharmacy into Urgent Care
- Pharmacy Integration in Care homes
- Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice Phase 1 and 2
*Locum Pharmacists must have sponsorship support from a pharmacy to access the portfolio of modules.
How can you apply?
For new eligible students, funding is available for up to 60 credits worth of modules, excluding the Independent Prescribing module (PHAR5557) and Research Methods (HEST5016).
For new eligible students, enrolment will be at the end of March 2018, September 2018, or April 2019
Standard admissions processes will be followed using the DMU online application portal.
There will be an additional application process to assess eligibility for funding and to ensure you agree to take part in evaluation of the scheme. This will be managed through the use of a separate application form, which you will need to email through to the HLS Admissions team.
For support in the DMU application process, please contact the HLS Admissions Team on:
T: 0116 257 7700
What is the Pharmacy Integration Fund?
Post-registration Training for Pharmacists is supported by NHS England and Health Education England through the Pharmacy Integration Fund.
The fund has been set up to enable pharmacist and pharmacy technician integration in primary care as part of new multi-disciplinary healthcare teams, making the most of their clinical skills, particularly for the benefit of people with long-term conditions.
It aims to better integrate pharmacy professionals into wider primary care by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians spending more time delivering clinical and public health services to the benefit of patients and the public.
To do this the fund is supporting the development of evidence-based, high quality clinical pharmacy practice in a wider range of primary care settings to support better outcomes for patients.
For more information, please visit the NHS England’s Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF) website.
Funding will cover a maximum of 60 credits per pharmacist. These can be used to study modules of your choice from a portfolio of topics at DMU, Keele University, the University of Bath or other commissioned universities.
Depending on your choice of modules, credit values and module content you may be able to amalgamate this learning to achieve a formal postgraduate qualification, subject to individual university regulations.
To find out more about the options available at DMU, see our module information.
For students wishing to study an established programme, providing a balance of clinical and practice-based modules over a 10 month programme of study, leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy, the recommended pathway is:
- Practice Foundations (studied over 10 months)
- Clinical Foundations (studied over three months)
- Clinical Practice 1 (studied over three months)
- Clinical Practice 2 (studied over three months)
This pathway involves three study days and a balanced range of assessment methods. Learners are able to sign up to just a single module from this pathway to see if postgraduate learning suits them.
Continuation of study
Students who achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy, can continue to self-fund their studies with the aim of achieving a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (120 credits) or an MSc in Clinical Pharmacy (180 credits).
Additional Diploma Year Options
Additional diploma level options include a Research Methods module and the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing (subject to meeting the module entry requirements).
Fees and funding for continuing study
To find out more about fees, please visit the Clinical Pharmacy course page, while information about the financial support for continued study is available on the Postgraduate Funding web page.
Additional modules at partner universities
DMU are working in partnership with Keele University and the University of Bath to provide you with access to the widest range of modules possible.
You can now choose to complete your learning at DMU, Keele, Bath, or other commissioned universities.
DMU and the University of Bath will also work together to deliver training for community pharmacists based in London.
Information on the modules offered and their eligibility for funding can be found on the Keele University and University of Bath website.
Data Sharing Statement
Pharmacists must agree to their data being used for evaluation purposes and data collected by De Montfort University being shared with Health Education England, NHS England and any organisations undertaking the evaluation on behalf of the NHS.