University Award Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists (Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing) - Level 7

Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

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Key course details

Location Carlisle - Fusehill Street, Lancaster, London
Duration Part-time, 1 Semester
Start date September 2019, February 2020
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows students to seek to have their qualification recorded by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and to practise as an Independent Pharmacist Prescriber. Prescribing by pharmacists has evolved to offer better access to medicines and to optimise the skills and expertise of pharmacists in the provision of care. Where appropriate, pharmacists are able to complete episodes of care, whilst also enhancing their role within the team. Patients evaluate their experience of Pharmacist Independent prescribing positively.

Students frequently report that the course is probably the most challenging they have undertaken since their pre-registration programme, but also the most rewarding. Students report positively on the organisation of the course and on the support provided for their preparation as prescribers. The programme delivery is designed to provide opportunities for students to receive feedback to support the development of their knowledge, understanding and prescribing practice throughout the programme. We consider all student feedback and work with this to enhance the student experience and outcomes.

We meet regularly with Non-Medical Prescribing Leads and mentors to ensure that the programme maintains its relevance to the constantly evolving environment of healthcare. The programme team includes academic staff who continue to work in practice.

Further information and examples of Pharmacist Independent prescribing roles can be found in the Non-Medical Prescribing Guide: A Quick Guide for Commissioners (National Prescribing Centre, 2010).

Please note: Successful completion of this programme is not a guarantee of annotation with the GPhC, or of future employment, as a pharmacist independent prescriber.

Accreditation reports and the timescales for future accreditations are available at:

http://www.pharmacyregulation.org/education/pharmacist-independent-prescriber/accredited-courses 

Graduate destinations

Non-medical prescribing is offered as stand-alone provision.

However, students may wish to enhance their prescribing role by undertaking a 20-credit Consultation and Physical Examination: Health Assessment Skills module and combine these modules for a Postgraduate Certificate award such as Prescribing and Assessment for Pharmacists.