Taught course

Pharmacist Independent Prescribing

Institution
Robert Gordon University · School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences
Qualifications
Practice Certificate

Entry requirements

All candidates for both routes (full course or conversion course route) must meet the following requirements:

Pharmacist registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
Demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own CPD.
Have a designated medical practitioner who has agreed to supervise the period of learning in practice.
In addition, candidates for the full course route must also meet the following requirements:

Have at least two years appropriate patient orientated experience practising in a hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year.
Have identified 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.
Demonstrate how they will develop their own networks for support, reflection and learning, including prescribers from other professions.
In addition, candidates for the conversion course must also meet the following requirements:

Currently registered as a supplementary prescriber with GPhC &/or PSNI and be able to provide evidence of prescribing experience which is no longer than 2 years’ old.
Able to provide a statement of support from a medical practitioner that confirms competence as a supplementary prescriber.
Demonstrate how they have developed their own networks for support, reflection and learning, including prescribers form other professions.

The designated medical practitioner must be able to confirm that they:

Have had at least 3 years medical, treatment and prescribing responsibility for a group of patients in the relevant field of practice.
Work within a GP Practice OR are a specialist registrar, clinical assistant or a consultant within an NHS Trust or other NHS employer.
Have some experience or training in teaching and/or supervision in practice.
Agree to provide supervision, support and shadowing opportunities and are familiar with the requirements of the programme.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course will prepare pharmacists to achieve the learning outcomes required by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in order to apply to be annotated as a pharmacist independent prescriber.

There are two routes that can be followed to achieve the learning outcomes required by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhc) in order to apply to be annotated as a pharmacist independent prescriber. For those already registered with the GPhC as a supplementary prescriber there is a conversion course route. For those not registered as a supplementary prescriber there is the full course route. Both routes of the course are accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Both routes of the course are delivered by distance-learning on RGU’s Virtual Learning Environment Campus Moodle using a range of web-based learning materials, including self-assessment questions with answers, discussion forums, and reading materials.

Information for international students

Postgraduate courses normally require an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components. Some of our courses require a different level of English. Please check our course pages for specific details. Test reports are valid for a period of 2 years and can be used as proof of English for admission if valid on the start date of your course.

Fees and funding

For more information visit our www.rgu.ac.uk/finance

Qualification and course duration

Practice Certificate

part time
10 months
online
10 months
distance learning
10 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions
Email
admissions@rgu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1224 262728