Taught course

Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (Clinically Enhanced)

University of Kent · Medway School of Pharmacy

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Entry requirements

  • Registration with the GPhC
  • Appropriate experience in the area of practice in which they will be prescribing
  • The ability to study at academic level 7
  • At least two years' post-registration clinical experience in the UK
  • Appropriate numeracy skills
  • Support from the sponsoring organisation confirming service need, access to appropriate supervised practice, and a prescribing budget to meet the costs of prescriptions on completion of training
  • A named designated medical practitioner (DMP) who will facilitate, supervise and support the student during their clinical placement
  • A named designated clinical supervisor (CS) who will facilitate, supervise and support the student for 20 hours' clinical skills placement (this role can also be performed by the DMP)

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

Months of entry

April, September

Course content

This is a clinically enhanced version of our successful standard non-medical prescribing programme. It is approved by the GPhC and provides a distance learning option for qualification as a clinically enhanced pharmacist independent prescriber. This version of the programme is specifically for pharmacists working in hospital, mental health and community trusts, and for CCG and GP surgery pharmacists.

Are you a hospital, mental health or community trust pharmacist? Do you work for a CCG or a GP surgery? This programme has been developed by adapting our regular and well-established prescribing programme and adding a specially designed clinical health and assessment diagnostics module. It is a part-time, blended learning programme which enables pharmacists to qualify as independent prescribers. You develop the knowledge and skills to practise as prescribers with an additional emphasis on clinical skills. On qualification you will meet the RPS Competency Framework for All Prescribers.

Which programme is right for me:

This information is for the CLINICALLY ENHANCED PROGRAMME for hospital, mental health and community trust pharmacists, and for CCG and GP surgery pharmacists. If you are a community pharmacist or a nurse, midwife, physiotherapist, podiatrist, paramedic, radiographer or dietitian please go to our page on the Standard Independent / Supplementary Prescribing Programme. Please note that GP Pharmacists may apply for either programme on a self-funded basis.

Entry points and application deadlines

The Clinically Enhanced Pharmacist Independent Prescribing programme runs over a standard eight months. If you work part-time we can run the programme over an extended period of time. Details can be provided by the administration team.

Information for international students

Please see our International website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, international fee-paying students cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PCert
    part time
    8 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Medway School of Pharmacy
+44 (0)1634 202935