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Medicines Use in Paediatrics and Neonates

Masters Certificate of Professional Development in Medicines Use in Paediatrics and Neonates

Level 7, 20 credits

Course aim

This course is aimed at students who are health professionals (such as pharmacists, medical practitioners and nurses), who are registered with the relevant professional body in the UK or with a professional body recognised to be of similar standing to the UK regulator bodies. 

Students must be working in an environment that will provide sufficient access to paediatric or neonatal patients to provide opportunities to develop skills in applying knowledge to real-life cases and collect evidence for the professional practice portfolio. For a taster of the course structure, platform and contents, please see here

Course length

The programme is studied part-time over 12 months via distance learning.

Course structure

The programme is composed of two modules that each have a credit value of 10 credits (see table below). The modules are undertaken through distance learning, using the University’s Virtual Learning Environment online teaching system. In order to be awarded the MCPD, students must pass both modules. 

You will be assigned a named tutor at the beginning of your programme who will help to guide you with any queries that you have during the course and will give you formative feedback on assignments and e-portfolio entries.

Module code 

Module title 

Credits 

Assessment 

7101CPPHAR 

Medicines Use in Children and Neonates: Clinical Basis 

10 

Online examination (multiple choice questions) 

7102CPPHAR 

Medicines Use in Children and Neonates: Application to Practice 

10 

Professional practice portfolio 

Attendance

The modules are undertaken through distance learning, using the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

Course content

The programme covers a wide range of topics relevant to contemporary practice involving the use of medicines in children and neonates. The below topics are indicative of the areas that are covered in the programme:

Developmental Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics and Application to Practice

Practicalities of Medicines Use in Children and Neonates, including:

  • Prescribing safety
  • Medicines administration
  • Medicines licensing
  • Formulation
  • Adverse drug reactions
  • Estimation of renal function

Expert Professional Practice skills in paediatric practice in the following areas:

  • Common paediatric infections: meningitis, sepsis, cap, etc.
  • Diabetes and nocturnal enuresis
  • Respiratory topics: croup, cf, bronchiolitis, allergies and anaphylaxis
  • Paediatric post-operative care: pain, nausea and vomiting, fluid management
  • Care of the neonate
  • Enteral nutrition and total parenteral nutrition
  • Cardiac defects use of cardiac drugs in children
  • Introduction to palliative care in children and neonates
Portfolio

You will demonstrate your application to practice by developing an e-portfolio of evidence. Your portfolio should include:

  • At least five patient profiles, with a different range of diagnoses. (A patient profile template is available on Blackboard)
  • Testimonials – this can be used as evidence to demonstrate your competencies
  • The competency checklist, completed to outline which entries map to which competency
  • Tasks and activities described throughout the course 
  • Log of interventions
  • Structured write-up of interventions
  • Personal development plan
Course fees

March 2017 entry: £800
June 2017 entry: £800
September 2017 entry: TBC
December 2017 entry: TBC

Entry requirements

Students entering the programme must be a health professional (pharmacist, medical practitioner, nurse), registered with the relevant professional body in the UK, or with a professional body recognised to be of similar standing to the UK regulator bodies. 

Where English is not the student's first language, we would normally require a score of 6.5 in the IELTS system (or equivalent), with scores of greater than 5.5 in each of the domains. This is to ensure that the student is able to complete the necessary reading, communication with the programme team and assessments, which must all be completed in English. 

Students must be working in an environment that will provide sufficient access to paediatric or neonatal patients to provide opportunities to develop skills in applying knowledge to real-life cases and collect evidence for the professional practice portfolio. This may include placements, provided that the placement provider can confirm that sufficient access/involvement in care will be possible during the placement and that the placement duration is of sufficient length to allow full development of the relevant skills. The suitability of the access an individual has will be assessed by the programme team prior to admission, but guidance can be obtained prior to application by contacting the programme administrator. 

How to apply
  1. Download and complete the supplementary application form
  2. Complete the online application form, taking note of the below:
  • Select the course that you would like to study from the drop-down menu – ensure that you choose the correct course (Medicines use in paediatrics and neonates), entry point (March or September), and year. The programme is studied via distance learning
  • Ensure that you have provided details of your professional qualification and any other university qualifications (note, A-Level and GCSE/equivalent qualifications do not need to be listed) 

Upload the following documents to your online application: 

  • Certificate(s) for any qualifications listed in your application 
  • A (passport size) photo of yourself for your student card 
  • A copy of your IELTS certificate (if English is not your first language and you have not recently completed a university level qualification in English)

Please note: all documents must be attached to your application within 24 hours of submission – if you wish to attach documents after this date, you will need to email them to the programme administrator, Miss Nicola Urquhart, at N.Urquhart@ljmu.ac.uk
 

Further information

Faculty Admissions Team
James Parsons Building
Byrom Street
Liverpool
L3 3AF

Telephone: 0151 231 2888
Email: scienceadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

Dr Adam Mackridge, Course Leader
Telephone: 0151 231 2261
Email: a.mackridge@ljmu.ac.uk

Nicola Urquhart, Postgraduate Programme Administrator
Telephone: 0151 231 2248
Email: n.urquhart@ljmu.ac.uk

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

Further guidance on programme changes