Taught course

Independent Prescribing

Institution
University of Birmingham · Department of Pharmacology
Qualifications
Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing

Entry requirements

Admissions to the course are undertaken through a process of a university application followed by a supplementary course application form. You will be required to submit confirmation of your prior experience in relation to your intended prescribing role. Your application will need to be supported by your line manager/employer(s) and where relevant agreement of your organisation's non-medical prescribing lead.

Due to the nature of teaching and learning on this course the number of places in each cohort is controlled. Admissions to the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing may therefore be competitive. In the circumstance that there are more applicants than the available number of places on the course, offers will be recommended based on the following:

  • Students on the University of Birmingham's MSc Advanced Clinical Practice/MSc Advancing Physiotherapy Practice where prescribing is included as part of the course
  • Priority need and support for prescribing role demonstrated in the application

If your application meets the criteria (subject to conditions placed on the application) but the immediate cohort is full, a conditional offer will be recommended for the next available entry.

Accreditation Prior (Experiential) Learning (APEL) will not be considered for any part of this course.

All candidates will be subject to an interview. Offers to the course will be conditional on satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) statement.

Pharmacists

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) sets learning outcomes for independent prescribing courses. Courses are underpinned by A Competency Framework for all Prescribers.

By the end of the course you must provide evidence that you meet the learning outcomes and prescribing competencies.

  • Current registration for Pharmacists with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
  • Minimum of 2 years post-registration patient orientated experience in the UK, in an identified area of clinical practice.
  • Experience post qualification of working within the clinical area in which you will prescribe.
  • Honours degree or evidence of ability to study the prescribing qualification at Level M (MPharm or equivalent professional qualification).
  • Supporting evidence of up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to the intended area of prescribing practice.
  • Provide written confirmation from your employer/sponsor of their support for you to undertake the course and to provide appropriate supervised practice in the clinical area where you are expected to prescribe.
  • Supporting evidence of appropriate continuing professional development during this experience will also be required.
  • Have an identified Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) who meets the eligibility criteria for medical supervision of pharmacist prescribers and who has agreed to provide the required term of supervised practice.
  • A satisfactory current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) statement.
  • Have self-declaration of health and character.

Nurses

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) sets learning outcomes for independent prescribing courses. Courses are underpinned by A Competency Framework for all Prescribers.

By the end of the course you must provide evidence that you meet the learning outcomes and prescribing competencies.

  • Be a first level registered nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse and be deemed by your employer to be competent to undertake the course.
  • Minimum of 3 years post-registration patient orientated experience in the UK, in an identified area of clinical practice.
  • Hold an Honours degree or have evidence of the ability to study the prescribing qualification at Level M (BSc/BA Honours degree or equivalent professional qualification).
  • Supporting evidence of up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to the intended area of prescribing practice.
  • Written confirmation from your employer of their support for you to undertake the course.
  • Have an identified Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) who meets the eligibility criteria for medical supervision of nurse prescribers and who has agreed to provide the required term of supervised practice.
  • A satisfactory current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) statement.
  • Have self-declaration of health and character.
  • Confirmation from employer that all course attendance will be supported plus a minimum of ten protected learning days for the course.

Physiotherapists and Podiatrists

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) sets learning outcomes for independent prescribing courses. Courses are underpinned by A Competency Framework for all Prescribers.

Outline Curriculum Framework for Education Programmes to Prepare Physiotherapists and Podiatrists as Independent/Supplementary Prescribers and to Prepare Radiographers as Supplementary Prescribers (PDF).

By the end of the course you must provide evidence that you meet the learning outcomes and prescribing competencies.

  • Current registration with the Health & Care Professions Council and professional group e.g. CSP (includes professional indemnity).
  • A BSc/BA Honours degree or equivalent. (Evidence of equivalence of your qualification(s) to the UK educational system of awards can be found at www.naric.org.uk). The degree should normally be a first or upper second class Honours degree.
  • You must provide evidence of at least 3 years’ experience post qualification of working within the clinical area in which they will prescribe.
  • Be able to demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own Continuing Professional Development (CPD) including development of networks for support, reflection and learning.
  • Supporting evidence of appropriate continuing professional development during this experience will also be required.
  • Be able to demonstrate medicines and clinical governance arrangements are in place to support safe and effective supplementary and / or independent prescribing.
  • A letter from employer/sponsor to support application and to provide appropriate supervised practice in the clinical area where they are expected to prescribe.
    1. A named and approved (designated) medical practitioner (DMP) who has experience of the relevant field of practice;
    2. training and experience in supervision
    3. agrees to provide student with opportunities to develop competences in prescribing, and support and assess the student during their clinical placement.
  • Evidence of satisfactory current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check within last 3 months.
  • Evidence of satisfactory health declaration and immunisation record.

Months of entry

September, March

Course content

The Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing will enable you to develop the consultation and prescribing skills required to qualify as an independent prescriber within your area of practice.

This multi-professional course is currently open to pharmacists, physiotherapists, nurses and midwives.
The course adopts a blended learning approach including interactive face-to-face study days, teaching with simulated patients to develop communication and clinical skills, distance learning and completion of a structured learning and reflective portfolio and learning in practice under the supervision of your designated medical practitioner (DMP).

This 40 credit Masters (level 7) course is delivered part time over 6 months and comprises two compulsory 20 credit modules which are taken consecutively.

The course adopts a blended learning approach which includes face-to-face teaching, case studies, discussion and on-line learning. There is a strong emphasis on self-directed learning to ensure the content is related to your area of practice. This approach allows you the flexibility to manage your learning, practice elements of the programme as well as work and personal commitments.

Both modules must be passed to be awarded the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing.

Qualification and course duration

Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing

part time
6 months

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