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Paediatrics

Paediatric Pharmaceutical Care: Internship and Placement Programmes                            

Commencing 14 October 2013

Overall aims

We offer two types of programme - A six-week internship accredited by King's College London University and a one to two week placement. Places are limited due to the practical nature of both programmes and students applying for the internship will take priority.

Both are intended to provide pharmacists with the core aspects of paediatric pharmaceutical care in order to have the knowledge and skills to practice safely. A key element of each programme is to consider how the knowledge and skills acquired on the course can be applied back at work in the student’s own setting.

Download the Internship and Placement Brochure

 

Who should attend? 

Internship - This programme is intended primarily for non U.K. pharmacists with an interest in paediatric pharmaceutical care. Experience in paediatric pharmaceutical care is not essential but would be an advantage for those attending. Delegates are expected to have worked in a hospital pharmacy.

The internship is delivered in the work place and students will receive one-to-one supervision and direction while based in the ward environment. A range of fully accredited material to direct self learning and to record documentation of observed practice will also be provided to the student. 

The Internship is fully accredited by Kings College London University (15 module credits as part of a Master of Science degree).

Placement - This programme is intended primarily for non U.K. pharmacists with an interest in paediatric pharmaceutical care. Experience in paediatric pharmaceutical care is not essential but would be an advantage for those attending.

The placement is delivered in the work place and students will shadow an allocated pharmacist while based in the ward environment. A unique focus of this programme is the opportunity for students to be totally integrated with the delivery of paediatric pharmacy services at the hospital.

The placement is designed to provide an observational experience on the work environment and practical delivery of paediatric pharmaceutical care.

 

Duration

Internships run three times a year. The next Internship will run for six weeks from 14 October to
22 November 2013. The next placement will run for one to two weeks from 14 October 2013.

 

Overview of programme

The programme will cover the following areas:-
  • Pregnancy and the first month of life 

  • Childhood issues 
  • Gastrointestinal disorders 
  • Respiratory disease (asthma, croup, cough, hay fever, cystic fibrosis) 
  • Diabetes 
  • Neurological disorders 
  • Childhood Infections (respiratory, otitis media and externa, sore throat, community acquired pneumonia, skin and soft tissue infections, bacterial meningitis, fungal infections, eye infections, UTIs)
  • Nutrition 
  • Drug handling and pharmacokinetics 
  • Dermatology 
  • Neurosurgery 
  • Liver disease 
  • Haematology/Oncology 

General learning outcomes

On completion of the programme, students should be able to:-
  • Critically review perspectives of international initiatives for improving better medicines for children ie World Health Organisation – WHO Essential Medicines for children, Regulatory frameworks, Paediatric Research networks
  • Critique the use of medicines in the management of the most common paediatric clinical conditions
  • Assess the influence of age and weight on both drug handling and patient response in association with the product formulation and appropriate formulations available for use in children
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the range of risk and clinical governance strategies which could be used to design safer care to children within different health care organisations and systems, especially as they relate to the developing world.


Clinical learning outcomes

On completion of the programme, students should be able to:-

  • Apply a clinical knowledge and understanding of drug efficacy, safety and drug handling to different stages of child development, to allow paediatric prescription monitoring for a range of common paediatric diseases and conditions 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the medicines licensing system and the implications for the use of medicines in children Identify the key aspects associated with the use of extemporaneous formulations and excipients in children 
  • Critically review the common paediatric reference sources and use the information to resolve pharmaceutical problems 
  • Assess children for likelihood that an adverse drug reaction has occurred and report such incidents using the formal reporting system 
  • Use UK national guidance relating to neonatal, paediatric and young people’s health care and understand the implications of these guidance to current practice

University assessment

 The Internship is accredited by Kings College London, University. The summative assessment of competence to practice will test underpinning knowledge, decision making and application of theory to practice using:


University assessment
Assessment  Format  Pass mark  % of overall module
Portfolio of clinical evidence Portfolio

Pass / fail

 

Pass / fail

Review of element of service delivery   with implementation plan

2,000 words 25%

25% of overall module

 

Presentation of element of service delivery with implementation plan

 

30 minute            presentation 25% 25% of overall module
Presentation of written case history 1,000 words 25%

25% of overall module

 

Presentation of oral case history plus written case

30 minute presentation,   plus written case

50%

25%  of overall module

 

Further details of the assessment process are available in the Paediatric Pharmaceutical Care Student Handbook when you enrol.

Fees

Placement - The cost is £500 per week. The fee does not include accommodation and travelling expenses.
Internship - A course fee of £3,000 will be applied. This fee will cover the accreditation from King's College London (KCL) but excludes accommodation and travelling expenses.

Faculty

Course Leaders:
Sara Arenas-Lopez Consultant Pharmacist-Paediatric Critical Care
Steve Tomlin Consultant Pharmacist-Children’s Services
William Thornhill Principal Paediatric Pharmacist

Facilitators:
Aileen Parke Principal Paediatric Pharmacist, King’s College Hospital
Marie O’Meara Senior Paediatric Pharmacist, King’s College Hospital


Application form

Please download the Application Form

To register for the internship or a placement, please complete the application form and return to:
Ian Mackie
Events Team
Guy's Hospital, 1st Floor Chapel Wing, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 9RT, UK
ian.mackie@gstt.nhs.uk
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7188 1622

Enquiries
If you have any queries, please contact the Events team on tel: + 44 (0)20 7188 1622 or email Events@gstt.nhs.uk.