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Medicines Optimisation - HEA00119H

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Jodie Coulson
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
B Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module aims to increase awareness of medicines legislation and its application to the prescription, supply and administration of medicines. The module will build on the knowledge and skills developed by students in stages one and two of the programme. Students will develop more in depth knowledge and understanding of pharmacology and differences in drug handling across the life span. Additionally, students will gain an increased awareness of the legal and ethical aspects of medicines optimisation and explore in greater depth the factors that influence adherence in medicine taking.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the regulation of medicines, their legal classifications and mechanisms for their supply and administration.
  2. Relate the principles of accountability, beneficence and non-maleficence to medicines optimisation.
  3. Differentiate between the concepts of compliance, concordance and adherence.
  4. Explain and critically evaluate pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles and how they differ across the life-span.
  5. Differentiate between drug-drug interactions and adverse drug reactions.
  6. Discuss the challenges of polypharmacy and multi morbidity in implementing medicines optimisation


Task Length % of module mark
24 hour open exam
Medicines Optimisation
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
24 hour open exam
Medicines Optimisation
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students are provided with collective exam feedback relating to their cohort, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

  • Greenstein, B. (2009). Trounce's clinical pharmacology for nurses. 18th edn. London: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2015). Medicines optimisation: the safe and effective use of medicines to enable the best possible outcomes. London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (2015). The Code. Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives. London: Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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