Frequently Asked Questions

Questions

  1. What is Skills for Dermatology?
  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. Why is my ethnic origin required on the registration form?
  10. What "current qualifications" should I list?
  11. What are the academic regulations referred to and will I receive a copy of these?
  12. Can pre-registration pharmacy graduates register?
  13. Can I get a refund?
  14. What happens if I fail the Online Assessment?
  15. What do I get if I pass the assessment?
  16. Can I undertake this course as a group or with friends?

1. What is Skills for Dermatology?

Skills for Dermatology is an online course from the Medway School of Pharmacy. It is principally aimed at community pharmacists, but the vast majority of the content is also suitable for pharmacists in different settings and healthcare professionals working in primary care who want to enhance their learning in dermatology.

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2. Who is responsible for developing the programme?

Skills for Dermatology is a distance learning course that has been developed by the Medway School of Pharmacy. Learning materials and case studies are reviewed annually by external experts..

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3. How much does it cost?

  • Learning Materials and Online Assessment: £220
  • Online Assessment retake: £75

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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 10 minutes to review the documents after which you have 40 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.

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 short video of part 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 10 minutes to review the documents after which you have 40 minutes to view the video and answer the MCQs. If you do not require the full 10 minutes to prepare you have the option to forfeit the time and begin the assessment video. 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 Dermatology Online Assessment you are entitled to two further attempts, which you can purchase 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 provide feedback about the process in general and identify which sort of questions you got wrong. If you would like feedback please email help@skillsfordermatology.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. If you wish to continue you will need to pay for a second (or third and final) attempt.

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

The Skills for Dermatology 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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10. What "current qualifications" should I list?

This is a master's 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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11. 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.

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12. Can pre-registration pharmacy graduates register?

Yes. Pre-registration pharmacy graduates can register.

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13. Can I get a refund?

If you purchased the Skills for Dermatology 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 a 180 day time limit.

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14. What happens if I fail the Online Assessment?

If you fail the Skills for Dermatology 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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15. What do I get if I pass the assessment?

Successful completion of the assessment will lead to the award of 10 academic credits at level 7 (master’s level) from the Medway School of Pharmacy (Universities of Kent and Greenwich). You will also be able to download a certificate on successful completion which provides evidence of your learning. This may be helpful when approaching re-validation with your professional body or if looking to extend your scope of practice

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16. Can I undertake this course as a group or with friends?

Whilst it is great to undertake your learning with others, the assessment answers you submit for academic credit must be your own work. If you are found to have colluded with others in submitting your answers you could be investigated for academic misconduct. More detail on this is found in the academic regulations referred to above.

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