Anticoagulation Management in Primary Care

Module Overview

The course aims to enable autonomous practice in dealing with fundamental and more complex problems of oral anticoagulation management. 

This course consists of pre course learning, 3 days of lectures, seminars, facilitated group discussions and practical workshops. To achieve full accreditation it is necessary to successfully undertake both written and practical assessments on Day 3. The 20 credit module also includes a clinical summative assessment within anticoagulation management clinics in the six months following course attendance. The 10 credit module does not involve any clinical practice and is therefore available to international students unable to practice within the UK.

The course has been developed in line with the approaches set out in the ‘Education and training’ section of the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease

Learning outcomes

  • An understanding of the theory underpinning anticoagulation management
  • An understanding of the pharmacology of vitamin K antagonists and the relevant medication, side effects, antidotes, interactions and dosing
  • A knowledge of the management of anticoagulation and prevention of complications on the basis of current guidelines and existing research evidence
  • An understanding of the roles of the multi professional disciplinary team in managing anticoagulation safely
  • An understanding of the requirements of clinical governance for anticoagulation management developing / adapting and applying audit tools with performance indicators


10/20 credits

Module Attendance Required

3 day block of teaching.

Module Dates

19-21 September 2016 
Further dates to be confirmed.


MCQ exam, case study, practical assessment, clinical assessment in practice.

Academics involved in the delivery of this module

Dr Ellen Murray, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Primary Care and General Practice.
Prof David Fitzmaurice, Prof of Primary Care.

Stand Alone Course

This module can also be taken as a stand alone course if required. To apply, please contact Amy Partleton, Programme Administrator, 0121 414 2677,  

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Fee if taken as a stand alone course


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This module can be taken without the assessment if required (but no credits will be awarded).

Entry requirements if taken as a stand alone course

A relevant first degree or an equivalent professional qualification.