CPD Pharmacist Independent Prescribing

CPD Pharmacist Independent Prescribing ,

Start date:

2022

Course information

Taught by College of Life Sciences

Qualify as a pharmacist who can prescribe.

Course description

Course description

The Pharmacist Independent Prescribing program comprises one 30 credit module. The programme is designed to provide pharmacists with the knowledge and skills to prescribe within their chosen scope of practice. Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing and be eligible for annotation on the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) register as an independent prescriber.

The Programme is delivered using predominantly distance learning approaches so is open to registered pharmacists from across England. The two face-to-face study days will be delivered at multiple locations to provide regional coverage and therefore minimise travel for trainee prescribers.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To complete the application you will need to provide the following information:

  • Evidence of your registration with the GPhC or PSNI, this can be a screen shot of your GPhC payment records.
  • Signed declarations that:
    • you are currently in good standing with the GPhC or PSNI
    • you and your organization have appropriate indemnity insurance to cover your training as a prescriber*
    • *If you are undertaking your 12 days learning in practice in an organisation that is different to your current employer (or if you are self employed) then you will need to confirm that there are appropriate clinical and information governance arrangements in place to support your learning in practice.
  • Confirmation of the clinical area in which you intend to practice as a prescriber and a personal reflective statement supporting your choice of prescribing area – see information about what experience, both therapeutic and clinical, that you need to have completed in order to undertake the prescribing certificate course and the evidence you might need to upload.
  • Details of the clinical setting in which you will complete the learning in practice 
  • A statement of competence to supervise your leaning in practice signed by your DPP which includes meeting requirements set out in the following documents:

Relevant experience to succeed as a trainee prescriber

The Pharmacist Independent Prescriber programme is designed to enable you to undertake relevant clinical examination skills and to develop your consultation skills, your clinical decision making and your care planning skills to enable you to be a safe and effective prescriber.

As part of the application form you should give further details regarding your previous clinical experience, you should include details regarding your current day to day role in practice, patient cohorts that you have regular involvement within their care and examples of your involvement. You should also include any relevant experience underpinning your chosen scope of practice.

Examples of relevant patient orientated experiences will vary based on your area of practice, some examples that may be relevant include providing smoking cessation clinics, New Medicines Reviews, clinical pharmacy ward cover of a respiratory ward, On-call provision, GP based medication reviews, asthma annual reviews, management of medicines information queries.

How to apply

Learn more about the application process for the course.

English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

Course fees are £2000. The course has access to HEE funding for community pharmacists but you can self-fund or be funded by your employer.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Once you have completed this course, and passed the final assessments, you will be registered with the GPhC (or PSNI) as an Independent Prescriber and will be able to undertake roles that require you to be able to take on prescribing responsibilities for patients in either hospital, primary care or community pharmacy.  

Example scopes of practice

Scope of practice 1

"My intended scope of practice is the management of minor ear, nose, and throat (ENT) conditions in adults.

In my learning and practice setting within a GP practice I will have the opportunity to frequently encounter patients with ENT conditions as there is a minor ailments clinic daily which is run by prescribing nurse practitioner and is supported by practice GPs as well as my DPP (Designated Prescribing Practitioner).

I have agreed with the practice team that I will have the opportunity to participate in this clinic under the supervision of a prescriber. This will allow me to develop the knowledge and skills to take a medical history and undertake any necessary clinical examinations to make a differential diagnosis. I will make prescribing recommendations or appropriate management plans to support my diagnosis."

Scope of practice 2

"My intended scope of practice is the management of Venous thromboembolism (VTE) in adults (excluding pregnancy).

In my learning and practice setting within an acute hospital I work in the trauma and orthopaedic department I will have the opportunity to frequently encounter patients who have developed either Deep Vein Thrombosis or Pulmonary Embolism. These are known complications in orthopaedic wards.

My DPP is an advanced nurse practitioner who works in both the pre and post operative areas within trauma and orthopaedics.

I will be participating in preoperative assessment which will l include the completion of the VTE assessment on admission to establish patient risk prior to surgery and I will be participating in ward rounds of post operative surgical patients alongside the surgical team and advanced practitioners. I have agreed with my DPP that I will assess patients for post operative complications this will allow me to take a medical history and undertake any necessary clinical examinations and request and interpret any tests or investigations to make a differential diagnosis of VTEs. I will create a management plan for the patient and make any appropriate prescribing decisions."

Course structure

General

General

The programme is part time, undertaken over a minimum of 16 weeks and must be completed within 12 months of registering on the course. The course supports trainee prescribers to demonstrate competence in relation to the learning outcomes set by the GPhC, in the context of their chosen scope of prescribing practice.

This will be achieved within this course via:

  • Seven study days (5 days delivered on-line and 2 face to face in regionally organised events)
  • Nineteen days of e learning/directed learning
  • Ninety hours of learning in practice under the supervision of a Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) 

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Study days

Study days

Study days are highly interactive sessions supported by facilitators with the skills and experience tailored to the study topic. Attendance and engagement throughout all study days is a prerequisite for successful completion of the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

E-learning and directed learning

E-learning and directed learning

Completion of the required e-learning and directed learning is essential prior to study day attendance. The e-learning and directed learning hours contribute to the minimum directed learning hours and completion of the assessments forms part of the final assessment.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Learning hours in practice

Learning hours in practice

The programme is designed to support trainees from a range of practice backgrounds, and with a range of experience and scopes of practice, to understand what is expected of a competent prescriber in their chosen scope of practice. Working with the programme team, including their personal tutor, and their Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP), the trainee prescriber is expected to identify their learning needs and formulate a strategy for addressing these needs whilst in their learning in practice setting.  

The programme core learning is delivered in the following five clusters: 

  • Developing and maintaining your role as a prescriber
  • Information gathering and clinical assessment
  • Clinical management planning
  • Influences on prescribing
  • Prescribing challenges

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Key dates

Cohort 1

Start date: 19 September 2022 (First study day: 4, 5, or 6 October 2022)

Cohort 2

Start date: 20 March 2023 (First study day: 4, 5, 6 April 2023)

How to apply 

  1. Download and complete the two forms below, except for the box requiring your Student Number:
  2. Complete and submit the University of Leicester application by clicking on the 'Apply Now' button below.
  3. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. This will contain your University of Leicester Student Number. The email will also confirm that you can upload further documentation to support your application through a platform called MyStudentRecord.
  4. Please add your Student Number into the two additional forms, make sure that both are signed, and upload via MyStudentRecord.

You will be contacted by a member of the Admissions Team if we need an additional information and you will hear the outcome of your application within 10 working days. 

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