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Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists

Our GPhC accredited independent prescribing course will prepare you to prescribe for patients safely in your scope of practice as a non-medical independent prescriber.

Why study with us

  • Benefit from our course designed for Pharmacists led by practising pharmacists and by a GP practising specialist.
  • You will gain an introduction to undertaking several clinical examinations for example cardiovascular examination, abdominal examination and manual blood pressure.
  • Learn in our pharmacy practice suite, with flexible teaching spaces and clinical skills areas allowing all necessary diagnostic, physical and clinical examination skills to be delivered.

Award: AdvCert
Level: Short Course, CPD
Delivery: Mixed Mode
Study Mode: Part time
Duration: 6 months  
Campus: Preston
Start Date: April and September

Course overview

The course content and learning outcomes are guided by the pharmacy regulator, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). The course is appropriately taught and assessed through a blend of learning styles including eight face-to-face sessions and one remote instructional delivery session, practice-based activities and a large element of distance learning. Our face-to-face sessions are delivered by practitioners who are experts in their field as well as academic staff who will deliver specialist training.

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Entry requirements

  • Have a pharmacy degree and be currently registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council.
  • To be in good standing with the regulator and to have an enhanced DBS disclosure within three years of the course start date.
  • Be working in, or able to access a practice environment that will enable you to meet and achieve the course learning outcomes.
  • A minimum level of English language proficiency equal to IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.
  • Be able to identify the area of clinical or therapeutic practice in which you intend to develop your prescribing practice.
  • Be able to demonstrate to the course team that you have sufficient relevant clinical and therapeutic experience in your chosen area which is suitable to act as a foundation whilst training (through application form and interview).
  • Have a minimum of two years post registration patient facing experience. Please note: Although the GPhC has changed the two-year post -registration requirement, this course has not yet been authorised by the GPhC for this change, therefore we still require two years post registration experience for you to apply
  • Be able to identify and nominate a Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) who can supervise and support your learning in practice. There should be no conflict of interest between you and your DPP. Your DPP must be suitably experienced to perform this role. They should have continuous professional development or revalidation relevant to this role committed to supporting your development. For further information on the eligibility of the DPP role please refer to the RPS DPP competency framework. There are also resources supporting DPPs in their role.
  • Please note that DPPs must not receive any payment for supervising your practice.

Fees and funding

Part-time£1700 one-off fee
Part-timeTo be confirmed one-off fee

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.

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This course is based in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

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