Frequently Asked Questions

Questions

  1. What is Skills for MURs?
  2. Who is responsible for developing the programme?
  3. How much does it cost?
  4. How will I be assessed?
  5. What happens if I fail a case study?
  6. Can I get feedback if I fail a case study?
  7. What happens if I fail the assessment?
  8. What are the time limits on passing the assessment?
  9. Do I have to do this course to get accredited?
  10. I have already done a postgraduate clinical pharmacy course. Do I have to do this course before taking the assessment?
  11. Why is my ethnic origin required on the registration form?
  12. What "current qualifications" should I list?
  13. What are the academic regulations referred to and will I receive a copy of these?
  14. Can pre-registration pharmacy graduates register?
  15. How will local commissioners / CCGs? know that I have completed the programme?
  16. I already have a PhD/MSc. Do I need to buy the Learning Materials?
  17. Can I get a refund?
  18. What happens if I fail the Online Assessment?

1. What is Skills for MURs?

Skills for MURs is a distance learning course that will enable pharmacists to gain accreditation to provide Medicine Use Reviews as an Advanced Service under the 2013 community pharmacy contract for England. Assessment is carried out online.

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2. Who is responsible for developing the programme?

Skills for MURs is a PSNC-endorsed distance learning course that has been developed by the Medway School of Pharmacy. Learning materials and case studies are reviewed annually.

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3. How much does it cost?

  • Online Assessment: £75
  • Digital Learning Materials: £45
  • Printed Learning Materials: £55
  • Online Assessment and Digital Learning Materials (bundle): £110
  • Online Assessment and Printed Learning Materials (bundle): £120

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4. How will I be assessed?

Assessment is carried out online. You are given up to five case studies of which you must pass three. Each case study consists of a patient history, a patient medication record, a five minute video of a patient consultation and seven multiple choice questions (MCQs). You must answer at least six out of seven questions correctly to pass each case study. You have 20 minutes to review the documents after which you have 30 minutes to view the video and answer the MCQs. You have to successfully complete and pass three case studies in order to pass the Online Assessment. You do not have to do all three case studies at the same time.

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5. What happens if I fail a case study?

You move on and attempt another one, either straight away or later. You may fail up to two case studies - if you fail another case study before you have successfully passed three, you will have failed the assessment.

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6. What happens if I fail the assessment?

If you fail the Skills for MURs assessment you may resit the assessment with up to two further attempts by purchasing new attempts from My Account. If you have failed three times you will not be permitted to undertake the assessment again.

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7. Can I get feedback if I fail a case study?

We are unable to provide the answers to the case studies as this will render the assessment worthless. We are able to talk to you about the process in general and identify which sort of questions you got wrong. If you would like feedback please email help@skillsformurs.co.uk.

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8. What are the time limits on passing the assessment?

Once you have registered you have 12 months to complete three case studies successfully. Once you have performed the first case study you will have six months to complete all three case studies successfully – unless the 12 month expiry date comes first. If you do not complete the Online Assessment within the time limit your profile will become inactive and this attempt at the Online Assessment will be counted as a fail. You will then be required to pay for a second attempt.

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9. Do I have to do this course to get accredited?

You will need to complete this or another accredited Medicine Use Review training course to provide an Medicine Use Review Service.

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10. I have already done a postgraduate clinical pharmacy course. Do I have to do this course before taking the assessment?

Learning Materials are not obligatory. If you are a pharmacist with existing skills in this area you can attempt the Online Assessment whenever you feel fit to do so.

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11. Why is my ethnic origin/religion/disability status required on the registration form?

The Skills for MURs course has been validated by the Universities of Greenwich and Kent, and as such the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) requires that we collect this information to ensure there is no discrimination. This information will not be used for any other purpose.

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12. What "current qualifications" should I list?

This is a Masters level programme that requires a degree or equivalent, e.g. MPharm, for entry. Applications will be rejected if this information is absent. Your qualifications should include your original undergraduate pharmacy degree (Bachelors or Masters), registration with GPhC and / or PSNI, any postgraduate Diploma, Certificate, MSc or PhD.

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13. What are the academic regulations referred to and will I receive a copy of these?

The Medway School of Pharmacy academic regulations for postgraduate students can be found here.
These regulations have been developed with the University of Greenwich and the University of Kent each of which have their own set of regulations:

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14. Can pre-registration pharmacy graduates register?

Yes you can use your pre-registration number to create a Skills for MURs account and attempt the Online Assessment. Please note that the pre-registration number will appear on your final certificate unless you inform us and provide us with the full GPhC number before a certificate is printed. If you need to delay the printing of your certificate while you wait for you full GPhC number please email help@skillsformurs.co.uk giving us your name and pre-registration number and the date that you expect your full number to arrive.

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15. How will local commissioners / CCGs know that I have completed the programme?

As soon as you have successfully completed the Online Assessment a temporary certificate will be emailed to you. This can also be downloaded from this website under the Assessment page. You can copy this to the appropriate person within your local commissioning group. In due course a proper certificate will be sent to you by the Medway School of Pharmacy. Once you have received this certificate you must send a copy to the NHS England area team before you can begin providing the MUR service.

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16. I already have a PhD/MSc. Do I need to buy the Learning Materials?

Learning Materials are not obligatory. If you are a pharmacist with existing skills in this area you can attempt the Online Assessment whenever you feel fit to do so.

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17. Can I get a refund?

If you purchased the Skills for MURs accreditation and have not used it you may request a refund. However please note:

  1. This can only be done if you haven't started the case studies
  2. This must be requested within an 180 day time limit

Please note: refunds will not be given for learning materials once they have been dispatched.

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18. What happens if I fail the Online Assessment?

If you fail the Skills for MURs Online Assessment you may resit on two further attempts. Each individual attempt costs £75. Case studies do not carry over from one attempt to the next. If you have failed the Online Assessment three times you will not be permitted to undertake the assessment again.

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