Inter Professional Education (IPE) : Medicines Optimisation course e-programme for 2020-21

Inter Professional Education (IPE) : Medicines Optimisation course e-programme for 2020-21

August 24, 2020

ePilot for Pre-registration students

To all pharmacy colleagues in LLR, Northants and MK; and Lincolnshire LPC regions.

De Montfort University (DMU) are gauging interest from within community pharmacy sector for the following pilot. They will then; if necessary invite other pharmacy students in Nottingham and Derby to also gauge their interest.


DMU run an inter professional learning programme ‘Medicines Optimisation in the community’.

The current undergraduate students on the core course are final year MPharm students at DMU and 3rd year Medical students at the School of Medicine, University of Leicester.  This has run successfully face to face for the last 6 years.  This year, despite the setback, they are going to the run the programme again with their undergraduates, but virtually.

Please find attached the plan for this year:

DMU are confident that the programme is suitable for pre-registration students in the region who are currently working in community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies and split pre-reg students in primary and secondary care. They would like to invite your pre-reg students to participate.

The programme was about to be piloted last year and there was much interest shown. Unfortunately it had to be postponed  due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • DMU will pool pre-regs’ with medical students in the region.  It will still be a 2 day programme.
  • They will use blended e- learning techniques and materials on University platforms Blackboard Collaborate and other virtual meeting platforms such as Zoom and MSTeams.


  • Pharmacy pre-regs will be working with Medical students from the University of Leicester in an inter-professional manner doing a complex medication review, analysing this and then presenting this back to their peers.
  • It is a 2 full days, where students will have an experience of listening to patients medical and drug histories and experiences and discussing their cases with each other (inter professionally) with medical students as well as the patients GP.
  • These are real patient interviews done with Professor Anderson and Dr Neena Lakhani. The patients’ consent has been sought, and their GPs are fully participating in our programme. The programme fits in and aligns itself well to the current pre-reg competencies and programme.
  • Participants will complete a presentation and then will receive a certificate of attendance for their portfolio, as well as the opportunity to learn about medicines optimisation improving patient safety.
  • Participants will also make recommendations to the practices . Evaluations have shown that these have had an impact on patient care; for example: de-prescribing of medication and better monitoring of patients.
  • Patients selected from: GP practices in Leicester, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire
  • QA: Participants will sign full confidentiality agreements.  The course is delivered by academic tutors at both universities and students will be in GP academy training practices with GPs who are trained educators.  The learning outcomes are fully aligned to the current programme competencies for undergraduate medical programmes and pharmacy programmes. The content of the course is also suitable for pre-registration students and the course materials offer flexibility for adaptation for pre-reg pharmacy students.

Eligible Participants:

DMU are looking for a maximum of  60 participants (e.g. pre-regs from UHL, pre-regs from independents and multiples within community pharmacy in LLR, Lincs, Northants and Peterborough for their programme, or any split pre-reg students at GP academies associated with the School of Medicine at the University of Leicester).

If the student is a pre-reg from DMU, they will already know about the programme. They can however do this again; as this will be a new patient, new GP and new medical students.  They can shine as they will be able to take on a leadership role.


  • Full days:  9.00am – 5.00pm.
  • Students must attend (virtually) both days.
Mon 2nd Nov & Tue 3rd Nov 2020 Capacity: 20 students
Mon 8th Feb & Tue 9th Feb 2021 Capacity: 20 students
Mon 19th Apr & Tue 20th Apr 2021 Capacity: 20 students


This course is free.

How to register you interest:

Please contact Dr Neena Lakhani by 21st September 2020 if you are interested in nominating your students.

  • At this stage DMU are interested in student numbers and the dates you wish to send them. They will collate individual participants details later.
  • DMU can then send nominated participants all the links to the materials they will need.
  • Participants will need access to a computer with suitable wifi access (or a suitable mobile device with good wifi/broadband access).

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Neena Lakhani via email or call on mobile: 07971 559093.

Future plans:

Going forward, DMU envisage taking this forward into next year with as many pre-reg/foundation course students as possible in Leicestershire, Corby,  Northampton and Lincolnshire to enable them to have the experience of working inter professionally with future doctors.

Contact details:

Dr Neena Lakhani BPharm; MSc; PGDipClinPharm; PhD; mGPhC;  MRPharmS, SFHEA

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice

IPE Lead for the MPharm

Primary Care and Community Pharmacy Lead, CRN East Midlands NIHR

De Montfort University

Hawthorn Building Room HB2.28, The Gateway, Leicester LEI 9BH

Tel: 0116 2078279

Twitter: @neena222


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