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Learning set and assessment period dates

Lectures, workshops and masterclasses on the Diploma programme are known as Learning Sets.

Learning Sets and Masterclass teaching between March and July 2022 

FS1 Learning Sets and Masterclasses 

The following table indicates the format for how teaching will be delivered for each learning set and masterclass (and where confirmed the date/time). 

Practitioners are required to attend the following sessions for each stage of the programme:

FS1

Guidance for FS1 Practitioners 

I’m new to the programme, which learning sets/masterclasses should I attend between March and July 2022?

Practitioners starting FS1 in March 2022 should attend FS1 induction, LS1, CMC2, CMC3 and LS4. You will be directed to select one of the 3 dates stated to attend FS1 induction, this will be done through an Eventbrite booking. You will also be allocated to one of four learning set groups: M22A, M22B, M22C or M22D. For LS1, CMC2 and LS4, attend on the date allocated to your group (see below).

CMC3 will likely be a mix of online teaching and an in-person event, details to follow.

Learning Set/MasterclassDates    Group Room  Locations     
FS1 Induction 24th March
29th March
31st March
N/A (booked via Eventbrite)Junior Common Room (JCR)
228
228
LS1 - Medicines Optimisation, Clinical Decision Making and Consultation Skills21st April
28th April
5th May
M22A
M22B
M22C and M22D

228
228
M2 and M3
CMC2 - Laboratory tests, renal and liver function12th May
19th May
26th May
M22A
M22B
M22C and M22D
228
228
M2 and M3
CMC3 – Cardiology 1TBCN/ATBC
LS4 – Intro to clinical
assessment
7th June
23rd June
30th June
6th July
M22A
M22B
M22C
M22D
228
228
M3
228

I’m a new starter, and my department has agreed to support me to do FS1 over 12 months – the ‘accelerated route,’ which learning set/masterclasses should I be attending between now and July 22?


In addition to the above (FS1 induction, LS1, CMC2, CMC3 and LS4) you will also need to:
• Access the recording of the LS5 session and complete the associated activities on Moodle
• Attend these in-person masterclasses: CMC6, CMC7 and CMC8, booking via the Eventbrite link on Moodle
*If you are on the FS1 accelerated route, please notify the admin team by emailing sop.professionalcourses@ucl.ac.uk.

I started FS1 in September 2021, which learning sets/masterclasses should I be accessing?


This will depend on which online learning sets/masterclasses you have already accessed (either live or via ‘catch up’) up to now. Firstly, you should ensure you have completed all Moodle activities and watched associated recordings from LS1, CMC2, CMC3, LS4 and LS5. If not, please make use of the resources on FS1 Moodle for each of these learning set/masterclasses.

There will be one additional LS4 in-person session exclusively for those who started FS1 in September 2022, numbers will be limited to 25 practitioners, and you will need to book via Eventbrite.

If you are aiming to complete FS1 over the standard 18 months (with the aim of sitting the end of module OSCEs etc in Feb/March 2023) then you should aim to attend the following in-person masterclasses between now and July 2022:
CMC6, CMC7 and CMC8

If, however, you have already accessed the online teaching for these masterclasses, you are not required to attend the in-person events. Those wishing to attend the in-person events will need to book using the Eventbrite links, which will be provided on Moodle.
If you are aiming to complete FS1 over 12 months (with the aim of sitting the end of module OSCEs etc in September 2022) then you should aim to attend the following in-person learning set/masterclasses between now and July 2022:

CMC6, CMC7, CMC8, CMC9, CMC10, CMC11 and LS12

If, however, you have already accessed the online teaching for these masterclasses, you are welcome but not required to attend the in-person events. You will be required to attend LS12 regardless of whether or not you have accessed the Moodle resources previously. Those wishing to attend the in-person events will need to book using the Eventbrite links, which will be provided on Moodle.


Note: arrangements for some sessions will be be confirmed later e.g. CMC7, CMC9 and CMC10.


I started FS1 in March 2021, which learning sets/masterclasses should I be accessing?


This will depend on which online learning sets/masterclasses you have already accessed (either live or via ‘catch up’) up to now. Firstly, you should ensure you have completed all Moodle activities and watched associated recordings from LS1, CMC2, CMC3, LS4, LS5, CMC6, CMC7 and CMC8. If not, please make use of the resources on FS1 Moodle for each of these learning set/masterclasses.


Between now and July 2022, you should aim to attend the following in-person learning set/ masterclasses: CMC9, CMC10, CMC11 and LS12


If, however, you have already accessed the online teaching for these masterclasses, you are welcome but not required to attend the in-person events. You will be required to attend LS12 regardless of whether or not you have accessed the Moodle resources previously. Those wishing to attend the in-person events will need to book using the Eventbrite links, which will be provided on Moodle.

Note: arrangements for some sessions will be confirmed later e.g. CMC9 and CMC10.

Does my pharmacy department have to give me study leave to complete the learning/attend learning sets/masterclasses?


Your departments have been ‘accredited’ as ‘training centres’ for the programme. Training centres are committed to supporting your learning and development. This normally includes accommodating programme requirements for you to attend learning sets/masterclasses and assessments. However, the unprecedented demands placed on NHS pharmacy services as a result of the pandemic have meant that (to date) it has not always been possible for training centres to permit some practitioners to attend every live session. Please go through the normal study leave processes at your training centre to obtain approval for attending any teaching or assessment.

Is learning set/masterclass attendance compulsory?

University courses have minimum attendance requirements, this is usually a minimum of 75% attendance for module teaching in order to be eligible to sit module assessments. These requirements were waived due to the pandemic. We will be reintroducing these requirements for those starting FS1 in March 2022.

It is difficult for me to attend in-person teaching, will the learning sets/masterclasses be live-streamed and/or recorded?

We are arranging in-person sessions to be livestreamed and recorded. This facility may not be available on all dates e.g. we can only livestream FS1 induction on only one of the 3 dates (31st March). If that is the case for other sessions, we will advise you accordingly.


Please note, recordings of recent online sessions will also continue to be available on Moodle for the foreseeable future. Where possible, training centres should be able to agree a way for you to get ‘time in work’ (or ‘study leave in lieu’) to watch recordings of sessions that you missed. This is for your training centre educational programme director (EPD) to agree locally.


What do I do if I can’t attend on learning set date allocated to me, or if I booked on Eventbrite but later find I cannot attend on that date?

Please contact the admin team via sop.professionalcourses@ucl.ac.uk.

FS2 Learning Sets between April and July 2022 

  PG Dip FS2 teaching will take place in person at the UCL School of Pharmacy 29-39 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AX.  

The following tables indicate the date and room locations (where confirmed) of learning sets for each module. Unless otherwise stated, the learning sets are scheduled between 2 and 6pm. 

Due to room capacity, and to maintain the quality of the learning experience, practitioners are required to use Eventbrite to book on to their chosen date for attending each learning set. This will be on a first-come, first-served basis, Eventbrite links will be posted on FS2 Moodle. 

Clinical and Professional Practice (CPP) 

Title  

Dates  

Room Locations  

CPP1 – FS2 Induction  

5th April  

7th April  

12th April  

228  

B37  

M3  

CPP2  

 This session is the same as LS4 from FS1 which FS2 practitioners should have already completed, recordings of the session are in FS1 Moodle if needed 

N/A 

CPP3 – Medication  

safety  

9th June  

28th June  

B42  

228  

CPP4 – Introduction to  

Pharmacy Management  

 

5th July  

Additional date to be confirmed 

228  

CPP5 – Introduction to clinical leadership  

To be confirmed  

To be confirmed  

Using Research in Clinical Practice (Therapeutic Review)    

Title  

Dates  

Room Locations  

TR1 – Critical Appraisal Skills  

To be confirmed  

To be confirmed  

TR2 – Literature Searching Masterclass  

5th May –   1-5pm  

10th May – 1-5pm  

17th May – 1-5pm  

224  

224  

224  

 

Audit/Service Evaluation  

Title  

Dates  

Room Locations  

A1 – Introduction to Audit Task  

26th April  

Additional date to be confirmed 

 

228 

A1 – Introduction to Audit Task  4th May Online via Zoom
A1 – Introduction to Audit Task  11th May 104, John Hanbury Lecture Theatre

A2 – Audit Design and Results Analysis  

24th May 

25th May 

228 

B37 

  

Quality Improvement  

Title  

Dates  

Room Locations  

QI1 – Quality Improvement 1  

27th April  

Additional dates to be confirmed 

 

B37  

QI2 – Quality Improvement 2  

8th June  

Additional dates to be confirmed 

 

B37  

 

General Guidance for FS2 Practitioners  

  

I’ve just started FS2, how should I plan which learning sets to access for the next six months?  

FS2 is made up of the longitudinal ‘portfolio’ Clinical and Professional Practice (CPP) module that spans the entire FS2 journey (typically 18 months) plus THREE FS2 task modules (the ‘therapeutic review,’ audit/service evaluation and quality improvement modules) which are each completed over 6 months. Therefore, you should be accessing learning sets from both the CPP module plus the FS2 task module that you have chosen to do in the next six months.  

NOTE: because the CPP module spans the whole of your FS2 journey, you DO NOT need to be accessing all the CPP learning sets in the next six months. You should attend the FS2 induction, and then work out with your FS2 or educational supervisor whether or not to access CPP3 or CPP4. Choose whichever one is more likely to align with your job role objectives in the next six months. For example, if you are going to be investigating adverse events and developing medication safety guidance, then the CPP3 (medication safety) would be a good choice. On the other hand, if you are going to be doing work on finance reports, business cases or cost improvement programmes, then choose CPP4 (intro to pharmacy management). You should NOT do CPP5 (intro to clinical leadership) until the end of FS2.  

  

I am aiming to complete FS2 in one year, which learning sets should I do in the next six months?  

 If you are just starting FS2 and have support and agreement with your training centre to complete FS2 in 12 months you need to let our admin team know (email: sop.professionalcourses@ucl.ac.uk). You will need to do TWO FS2 task modules in the first six months i.e. ‘therapeutic review’ and ‘audit/service evaluation’ (at the same time as beginning your ‘portfolio’ CPP module). Therefore, you would be accessing the ‘therapeutic review’ and ‘audit’ learning sets plus CPP1 and CPP3 and/or CPP4.  

  

NOTE: We strongly recommend that you do Quality Improvement as the final FS2 task module.  

Does my pharmacy department have to give me study leave to complete the learning/attend live sessions (online or face to face)?  

Your departments have been ‘accredited’ as ‘training centres’ for the programme. Training centres are committed to supporting your learning and development. This normally includes accommodating programme requirements for you to attend learning sets and assessments. However, the unprecedented demands placed on NHS pharmacy services as a result of the pandemic have meant that (to date) it has not always been possible for training centres to permit some practitioners to attend every live session. 

Please go through the normal study leave processes at your training centre to obtain approval for attending any teaching or assessment. 

Is learning set/masterclass attendance compulsory? 

University courses have minimum attendance requirements, this is usually a minimum of 75% attendance for module teaching in order to be eligible to sit module assessments. These requirements were waived due to the pandemic. We will be reintroducing these requirements for all FS2 modules commenced from April 2022. Attendance registers will be taken. Those unable to attend in-person or live online, will be required to demonstrate engagement with the learning material to an equivalent extent, which will need to be verified as part of the RITA process. 

It is difficult for me to attend in-person teaching, will the learning sets/masterclasses be live-streamed and/or recorded? 

We are arranging in-person sessions to be livestreamed and recorded. This facility may not be available on all dates e.g. if this is the case for a given session, we will advise you accordingly. Please check Moodle for the latest information including links to livestreams and recordings.

Please note, recordings of online sessions from previous terms will also continue to be available on Moodle for the foreseeable future. Where possible, training centres should be able to agree a way for you to get ‘time in work’ (or ‘study leave in lieu’) to watch recordings of sessions that you missed. This is for your training centre educational programme director (EPD) to agree locally. What do I do if I can’t attend on learning set date allocated to me, or if I booked on Eventbrite but later find I cannot attend on that date? 

 

Please contact the admin team via sop.professionalcourses@ucl.ac.uk

 

Assessment periods

A breakdown of potential dates and individual reporting instructions will be sent out closer to the time.

Entry to assessments is dependent on a practitioner meeting the Learning Set Attendance Requirement for that module and achieving a RITA B. RITA submission dates for each assessment period can be found below:

Practitioners should avoid booking leave during all assessment periods. Not being available for assessments for reasons outside of the School of Pharmacy's Extenuating Circumstances policy will result in a practitioner being recorded as having failed to attend and will count as one of their attempts at the module.