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CPD Pharmacist Independent Prescribing

Develop your pharmacy career by becoming an Independent Prescriber and make a positive impact on patient care.

CPD Pharmacist Independent Prescribing ,

Develop your pharmacy career by becoming an Independent Prescriber and make a positive impact on patient care.

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Course information

Taught by College of Life Sciences

Course description

Course description

  • Please note, we are currently working through a large number of applications for the September 2024 cohort. If you have already applied, it may take a little longer than usual for you to hear from us. Thank you for your patience.

As part of its long term plan the NHS has been developing clinical pathways that widen the remit of pharmacists, which in turn have a major positive impact on patient care - from diagnosis to prescribing. Part of this initiative involves broadening pharmacists' skills through training to become Independent Prescribers, and Health Education England (HEE) have extended funded training offers until March 2024.

At Leicester, the School of Healthcare’s accessible Pharmacist Independent Prescribing course is designed to support the pharmacy integration programme and enables pharmacists to become confident and knowledgeable non-medical prescribers. In fact, it is considered such an important part of the modern pharmacist's role that, as of 2026, all pharmacy graduates will be independent prescribers.

This programme comprises one 30 credit module. It’s 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.

Even though the course caters for and supports a wide variety of scopes of practice, we offer specific training on ENT examinations which provides trainees with these additional skills as a prescriber.

This programme is ideal if you have work and personal commitments. It has a flexible format and is delivered using predominantly distance learning approaches, which means it is open to registered pharmacists from across England. The course comprises five virtual, interactive facilitated teaching sessions, and two face-to-face sessions delivered over a range of dates in locations across England. The course is entirely portfolio based with no OSCE style assessments.


"The IP course at the University of Leicester was a challenging but enjoyable journey. It made me into a significantly better and more skilled pharmacist. The staff are not only your tutors, they are just an email away to help and guide you."
Tara Pakdaman
"The course team at the University of Leicester have extensive experience in independent prescribing within pharmacy - which is massively helpful. They understand the pressures faced and have been very supportive and responsive! Thank you for all your advice."
Jay Patel

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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

The role and responsibilities of the DPP are outlined in the DPP course guide (PDF, 1MB).

*If you are undertaking your 90 hours of 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.

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 relevant experience in a pharmacy setting, 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 £2,000. The course has access to HEE funding through the pharmacy integration programme or can be self-fund or funded by your employer. Community pharmacist including locum community pharmacists would be eligible to access HEE funding. Find more information about HEE funding and read the information carefully to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria.

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 within your scope of practice.  

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



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 (five days delivered online and two 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) 

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.

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. 

Timetable September 2024 intake

Course starts Monday 2 September 2024

Study day title Mode Dates of Study Days
Induction - Preparing to be a Prescriber Online Tuesday 17 September 2024 - Thursday 26 September 2024
Clinical Examination Skills
History Taking
Face-to-face Tuesday 8 October 2024 - Tuesday 22 October 2024
Building a Rapport
Developing a CMP
Online Tuesday 5 November 2024 - Thursday 7 November 2024
Information giving
Implementing a CMP

Tuesday 19 November 2024 - Thursday 21 November 2024

Clinical Examination skills sign off
Managing Challenging Situations
Face-to-face Tuesday 21 January 2025 - Thursday 23 January 2025
Preparing to be a Prescriber
Influences on Prescribing
Online Thursday 19 December 2024 and Tuesday 7 January 2025 - Thursday 16 January 2025
Consultation Skills Assessment Online Tuesday 4 February 2025 - Thursday 6 February 2025

Final portfolio submission deadline: Tuesday 25 February 2025

Please note that face-to-face locations will be in London, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Leicester and Peterborough. Dates that are not sufficiently filled will be removed and students offered their second-choice date and location. 

Trainees will be required to attend one date within the date range for each study day. Timetables will be confirmed on registration. 

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

The DPP course guide (PDF, 1MB) outlines the DPP responsibilities and assessment details including a FAQ section.

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

September 2024 cohort

Application deadline: Monday 12 August 2024*
Course start date: Monday 2 September 2024

March 2025 cohort

Application deadline: Monday 10 February 2025*
Course start date: Monday 3 March 2025

*Please note the application deadline includes submission of both application forms and all supporting documentation. Due to the competitive nature of this course this deadline is subject to change dependant on course capacity. If the capacity limit of this course is met before the deadline, applications will be closed early.

How to apply 

  1. Download and complete the applicant supplementary information form (Word docx., 86kb)
  2. Complete and submit the University of Leicester application by clicking on the 'Apply Now' button below. Please ensure that all necessary documents are uploaded to your application, including the fully completed applicant supplementary information form (this can be uploaded to any document section of your application).
  3. Please do not submit your application without a fully-completed supplementary form, as your application can not be assessed without it.
  4. You will receive a confirmation email once your application is submitted. This will contain your University of Leicester student number – please ensure that you use this number on all future correspondence.

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