Taught course

Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists

Institution
Keele University · School of Pharmacy
Qualifications
Certificate in Independent Prescribing

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Entry requirements

Only pharmacists with 2 years post-registration experience in a UK pharmacy setting are eligible to apply for a place on this course.

The entrance requirements are stipulated by the GPhC and the University. All entrants to the Keele University Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course must meet the following requirements:

- Current registration with GPhC &/or PSNI as a practising pharmacist and be of good standing with their Regulatory Body
- Have at least two years appropriate patient orientated experience practising in a hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre- registration year;
- Identify an area of clinical practice and need in which to develop their prescribing skills;
- Have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to their intended area of prescribing practice;
- Able to provide written endorsement from an appropriate Designated Prescribing Practitioner - (DPP) that s/he will supervise the 'learning in practice' element of the Course, in the clinical area in which the pharmacist intends to prescribe independently immediately on qualification.

The following resources will support you in your role as a DPP.

- DPP Handbook

- DPP Webinar

- NPC Training non-medical prescribers in practice

- RPS A competency framework for Designated Prescribing Practitioners

- Prepering to Prescribe Toolkit

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

Independent Prescribing (IP) is becoming an essential skill for pharmacists, to enhance their existing role or to act as a catalyst for role change.

Keele University was the first UK University accredited to provide prescribing courses for pharmacists in 2003. The dedicated IP Team continues to develop the curriculum to ensure that students meet the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) learning outcomes and are appropriately prepared for their future prescribing practice.

The Centre for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning, part of the School of Pharmacy and Bioengineering at Keele University, has a reputation for online distance learning programmes tailored to the needs of pharmacists, general practitioners, nurses and other members of the health care team. Our high-quality learning materials have been developed and updated with our extensive network of current multidisciplinary clinical practitioners and includes advanced clinical skills training to help prepare prescribers for a wide range of current and developing prescribing roles.

We are very proud that The Centre for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning in the School of Pharmacy and Bioengineering was the first education provider in the UK to have its course for preparing pharmacists as supplementary prescribers accredited by the RPSGB in June 2003. We were also among the first to provide an Independent Prescribing (IP) Conversion Course and our UK leading programme trained the first Pharmacist IP graduate in the UK in 2007. Over a 1000 Pharmacist Independent Prescribers have graduated with us since and we are now accredited to use the Designated Prescribing Practitioner role

Our course is designed specifically for pharmacists and both the course manager and course tutors are qualified prescribers. In addition, our course has been approved by the GPhC to be delivered by a distance learning format requiring only seven days attendance at the University over a 6-month period. The distance learning format of the courses enables busy health professionals to study where and when it is most convenient to them. If you are still wondering whether the IP course is for you have a look at the Preparing to Prescribe toolkit that was developed by Surrey University with input from Keele.

The aims and learning outcomes for the course are those stipulated by the GPhC for a full Independent Prescribing programme. They are expressed below in a manner that is compatible with Masters level study.

The overall aim is to enable pharmacists to practise and develop as prescribers and to meet the standards set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Following completion of the course, pharmacist independent prescribers will be able to demonstrate all 32 of the GPhC learning outcomes, by applying knowledge of therapeutics and prescribing to the condition(s) for which they intend to prescribe, using an evidence-based approach that takes into account recent research and current professional practice.

The learning outcomes are presented under four domains:

  • person-centred care
  • professionalism
  • professional knowledge and skills, and
  • collaboration

and can be accessed on pages 7-9 here: ‌Learning outcomes

Information for international students

Only pharmacists with 2 years post-registration experience in a UK pharmacy setting are eligible to apply for a place on this course.

See entry requirements for more details.

Fees and funding

UK students
£3,000

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Certificate in Independent Prescribing
    part time
    7 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Our course has been approved by the GPhC to be delivered by a distance learning format requiring only seven days attendance at the University over a 6-month period. The distance learning format of the courses enables busy health professionals to study where and when it is most convenient to them.

Course contact details

Name
Michaela Probert, Programme Manager
Email
m.probert@keele.ac.uk