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HLTH6193 Applied pharmacology for clinical practice

Module Overview

This module will enable healthcare practitioners to significantly expand their knowledge of pharmacology and the related clinical sciences. This knowledge applied in the clinical domain, will enhance their ability to assess and manage patients/clients presenting with acute health problems and/or complex long term conditions.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Successful completion of this module should enable you to demonstrate some of the knowledge, skills and competencies required to underpin practice. Specifically in the domains of pharmaceutical knowledge; principles of drug dosage, side effects, reactions and interactions; communication and concordance; philosophy and psychology of patient care.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of pharmacology and related clinical sciences and apply this to the assessment and management of patients/clients
  • Critically consider the effectiveness of drug actions and demonstrate expertise in applying this knowledge to prescribing practice and/or medicines management.
  • Evaluate sources of information, advice, and decision support in medicines management and/or prescribing practice
  • Build strategies that, develop and maintain concordant partnerships that enhance adherence, medicines management and patient/client care.


Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co-morbidity - Pharmacology, including pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacotherapeutics. - Anatomy and physiology as applied to prescribing practice and community practitioner formulary. - Basic principles of drugs to be prescribed, eg. absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion, including adverse drug reactions (ADR). - Interactions and reactions. - Patient/client compliance, concordance and drug response. - Impact of physiological state on drug responses and safety, for example, in elderly people, neonates, children and young people, pregnant or breast feeding women. Evidence-based practice in relation to patient care - Rationale, adherence to and deviation from national and local guidelines, protocols, policies, decision support systems and formulae. - Reflective practice. - Critical appraisal skills, scrutinising data. Prescribing in the public health context - policies regarding the use of antibiotics and vaccines - inappropriate use of medication including misuse, under- and over-use Promoting adherence - Medicines optimisation

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Learning and teaching methods will incorporate tutorials, lectures, focused learning, use of Blackboard on- line resources, self-directed learning, experiential learning and collaborative sharing of clinical practice.

Private study hours202
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Pharmaceutical Press. British National Formulary (BNF and/or BNFc) Current edition. 

Neal M (2015). Medical Pharmacology at a Glance. (8th edition). 

Dimmond, B (2015). Legal Aspects of Medicines (2nd Edition). 

Ritter JM, Flower R, Henderson G, Loke YK, MacEwan D and Rang HP (2019). Rang and Dale’s Pharmacology (9th ed.). 

Seedhouse, D. (2009). Ethics: The Heart of Health Care (3rd Edition). 



Mock exam


MethodPercentage contribution
Case study 50%
Exam  (1.5 hours) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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