Module - Quality Assurance and Quality Control 2 (SPE222)
Clinical experiential learning is the range of activities trainees may undertake in order to gain the experience and evidence to demonstrate their achievement of module competencies and assessments. The list is not definitive or mandatory, but training officers should ensure, as best training practice, that trainees gain as many of these clinical experiences as possible. They should be included in training plans, and once undertaken they should support the completion of module assessments and competencies within the e-portfolio.
Clinical experiential learning
- Observe the testing of piped medical gases from a quality control perspective, including purity, identification, impurity identification, particulates, water content, etc., and discuss the system that governs and regulates medical gases handling and use within a health environment (Health Technical Memorandum 02).
- Visit at least two other licensed units (e.g. commercial premises/industrial units) and observe the production and quality control processes that underpin manufacturing and production, and compare and contrast the critical differences.
- Visit a range of clinical environments to observe how finished products that have been tested for quality control and release for patient use are received by the healthcare professional and administered to patients, identifying good practice and areas for improvement by discussing the process with the staff and, with permission, individual patients.
- Observe a range of microbiological sampling and testing methods in a microbiology service and compare and contrast techniques used and work practices with those of the pharmaceutical microbiology department, and produce a short report for discussion with your training officer.
- Observe the planned, preventative and urgent maintenance of equipment used within a clinical pharmaceutical sciences setting and reflect on the contribution of planned and preventative maintenance strategies to quality.
- Use a range of laboratory-based computer systems and analyse how information technology supports the management of workload and data handling.
- Observe and interpret in-process and end product testing for a range of pharmaceutical products.
- Observe the processes involved in the testing and approval of pharmaceutical raw materials and the supplier approval process, and identify the strengths of the processes and areas for improvement.
- Observe the various stages of clinical trials, including all aspects of the role of pharmacy in clinical trials to benefit and improve patient care.