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PODY2034 Administration & Supply Pharmacology

Module Overview

The access and supply pharmacology and local anaesthesia module provides second year (level 5) students with the opportunity to development skills and knowledge of pharmacology as applied in practice through rights to the sale, supply and administration of an approved list of medicines, alongside practical training and education in the parenteral administration of local anaesthesia. By integrating previous learning at level 4 and concomitant learning at level 5, students will develop appropriate assessment, diagnostic and management strategies in the formulation of medicines management plans from within the restricted formulary permitted for graduate practice, as reflected in the regulatory annotations granted on graduation. Formulation of medicines management planning and application will be grounded in an appreciation of contemporary legal requirements and current best practice informed through national and professional guidance

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Explain & clinically evaluate the basic principles of drug action and characteristics of drugs relevant to podiatry
  • Evaluate the indications, contra-indications and potential complications of local analgesia use
  • Recognise appropriate interdisciplinary roles to patient care
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Discuss the clinical and legal criteria for selection of particular pharmacological agents in patient care
  • Calculate and practice safe and appropriate use of local analgesia
  • Recognise clinical emergencies associated with use of local analgesia / nail surgery
  • Justify the need to be up to date and aware of change (for example in current drug use) in the context of lifelong learning
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry
  • Utilise problem solving skills and effective management of time
  • Examine the evidence base for the role of specific therapeutic skills used within podiatry


• The action and clinical uses of drugs of relevance to podiatry such as : antimicrobials, antifungal agents, drugs used for disorders of the CVS, CNS, respiratory system, and endocrine system, drugs used for the treatment of musculoskeletal and joint disease and nutritional and blood disorders. • Prescription only medicines schedules (with ref. to podiatrists’ access to drugs) • Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics • Theory and practice of local analgesia • Interdisciplinary approaches to patient care and care planning • The evidence base for specific pharmacological intervention utilised within podiatry

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The sessions within this module are set to align with those of the Clinical Placement 2, Foot & Ankle MSK and Chronic Conditions modules, thus facilitating maximum consistency throughout the programme. Consequently, there will be opportunity to discuss key facts and real podiatric case studies relative to the outlined content of pharmacology, thereby fostering a deep learning approach appropriate to level 2. The learning and teaching approach within this module will be a case based led one, with relevant hypothetical cases previously prepared by the module staff team and presented for in depth analysis and discussion. In addition, students may also be asked to prepare relevant cases from their own clinical caseloads for discussion during these main lecture sessions. The structure will allow the authentic case to form the central resource enhanced with a blend of keynote research based lectures, practical workshops, small group work and formative peer assessment. Students will be encouraged to use recommended independent learning material, both printed and electronic. Use is made of a range of e-communication learning resources, i.e. pod casts and discussion forums. Weekly seminars will serve to discuss the feedback presented by students from the reading and researching around the case based tasks.

Independent Study135.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Franklin PM Editor (2017). Non-medical Prescribing in the United Kingdom. 

British National Formulary, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and British Medical Association (year to be commensurate with, or near to, commencement of module study). 

Hitchings et al (2015). The Top 100 Drugs. 



In-class formative opportunities


MethodPercentage contribution
Open Book Exam 80%
Viva  (30 minutes) 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Open Book Exam 80%
Viva  (30 minutes) 20%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


There are no additional costs associated with this module

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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