|Duration||6 months part time
2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Registered pharmacists with the General Pharmaceutical Council and 2 years post-registration experience in patient-facing pharmacy role.
|Campus||St Luke's Campus|
|Discipline||Healthcare and Medicine|
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- Designed for pharmacists to help you achieve accreditation for annotation as an Independent Prescriber on the GPhC register*
- Blend of online learning supported by minimal face-to-face contact days with communication and clinical skills training within our Clinical Skills Resource Centre
- Problem Based Learning (PBL) scenarios allow students to tailor their learning to their own needs and develop personal learning objectives.
- Expert tutors and guest lecturers will be invited from a range of clinical and research backgrounds
- Can be taken as a standalone module or the credit can be used towards gaining a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc in Clinical Pharmacy
- Acquiring this qualification and Independent prescriber status will enable you to seek extended roles in clinical practice as an autonomous prescribing practitioner
* Successful completion of an accredited Independent Prescribing course is not a guarantee of annotation on the GPhC register or of future employment as a pharmacist independent prescriber
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This course was accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council in December 2018. Please see the GPhC accreditation reports for more information.
Normally a minimum 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline
- have current registration with the UK General Pharmaceutical Council or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.
- have at least two years of patient-orientated experience in a UK hospital, community or primary care setting following your pre-registration year
- have the agreement of a named designated prescribing practitioner (DPP) who is willing to supervise your training.
- demonstrate experience and reflective professional practice
- identify an area relating to your proposed scope of prescribing
- have support from a line manager, employer or service commissioner
Please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
Please download the Independent Prescribing Application pack and complete the form before applying online.
Applicants may be invited to undertake an informal interview as part of the application process. This will take the form of an individual meeting/telephone conversation with one of our academics.
How employers can support
Ensure your staff are prepared for the future role of medicines optimisation in the pharmacy sector. Support your workforce in accessing our funded courses with minimal time away from their work. To undertake this programme, pharmacists must have support from a line manager, employer or service commissioner.
Undertaking the Clinical Pharmacy programme?
If you want to do Independent Prescribing as part of the Clinical Pharmacy programme, you will need to complete the online application and applicant information pack for Clinical Pharmacy first and then complete the Independent Prescribing Course Application Form. You will not need to apply to Independent Prescribing through the online application. See Clinical Pharmacy for more information.
This Independent Prescribing course for pharmacists is designed to help you achieve accreditation for annotation as an Independent Prescriber on the GPhC register. We aim to produce competent pharmacist prescribers who can provide safe, effective and evidence-based prescribing to address the needs of patients in their area of practice.
- Online learning supported by minimal face-to-face contact days
- Problem Based Learning - patient case-based activities that reflect the challenges of current clinical practice
- Communication and clinical skills training within our Clinical Skills Resource Centre
- Supportive, enthusiastic and clinically active tutors
- Increase your professional expertise and status and enhance your career prospects
- Complete the course to obtain a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing
- Gain postgraduate credits to use towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc in Clinical Pharmacy
Our Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing is a six month part-time 45 Credit programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7.
It is taught using a blended approach to learning incorporating taught sessions, clinical skills practice and case-based discussion along with the support of online resources and moderated activities on the University of Exeter’s electronic learning platforms. Expert tutors and guest lecturers will be invited from a range of clinical and research backgrounds.
Credits gained on this programme can be used towards an MSc or Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy.
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) requires that a pharmacist training as an Independent Prescriber be supported by a medical practitioner who meets a series of experiential requirements. He/She is known as the Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP)
A DPP directs and supervises the pharmacist’s period of learning in practice – a required element of independent prescribing qualifications. They will also be responsible for assessing whether the learning outcomes have been met and whether the trainee has acquired certain competencies.
A pharmacist training as an Independent Prescriber is required to complete 12 days or 90 hours in clinical practice. This time must be planned and aligned to the pharmacist’s learning needs and consist of activities relevant to the development of the pharmacist as an autonomous practitioner. The pharmacist will keep detailed logs of their activities and the DPP will need to provide supervision, feedback and oversight. The Designated Prescribing Practitioner has to assess the achievement of the learning outcomes and provide confirmation by signing the student’s practice based log.
At the end of the 90 hours in practice, the DPP is required to make a declaration that the pharmacist is suitable for annotation as an independent prescriber.
Choosing your DPP
Your DPP must meet the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Competency framework for Designated Prescribing Practitioners (2019). This allows for the supervision in practice for prescribers by non-medical assessors as described below.
The DPP must:
• Be a registered healthcare professional in Great Britain or Northern Ireland and in good standing with their professional regulator
• Be registered with their regulator as a legally independent prescriber for at least the last three years, with no significant gaps in practice which would affect this three-year requirement.
• Have at least three years’ active and recent prescribing practice, patient-facing clinical and diagnostic skill within the student’s chosen therapeutic area/scope of practice, with no significant gaps in practice which would affect this three-year requirement.
• Have the support of the employing organisation(s) or learning in practice setting(s) to act as a DPP who will provide supervision, support and opportunities to develop competence in prescribing practice for the pharmacist prescriber in training.
• Have experience of teaching, supervising and assessing other health care professionals in clinical practice.
• Have adequate indemnity insurance in place for their own professional and supervisory role as a DPP and ensure that all learning in practice settings have adequate indemnity insurance in place.
Further requirements for this role can be found in section 3 of the Independent Prescribing Course Application Form
Finally, your DPP must be able to personally commit to the time required to provide supervised practice which will be no less than 45 hours or 50% of your time in practice.
You will need to have agreed who will be your DPP before applying for this course. Your DPP must complete and sign Section 3 of the Independent Prescribing Course Application Form before you submit your application.
- UK fees: £2000
- International fees: £2,000
January 2021 entry
- UK fees: £1,950
- International fees: £1,950
Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships and GREAT scholarships (British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign) for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
Funding and scholarships
UK government postgraduate loan scheme
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
There are various funding opportunities available including Global excellence scholarships.
For more information visit our Masters funding page.
Health Education England funding
Pharmacists may be eligible for HEE funding of this course if they are on one of these work streams:
- Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice
- Clinical Pharmacists in Integrated Urgent care
- Medicines Optimisation in Care homes
If you are applying for this funding, please tick the appropriate box on the application form.
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
Teaching and research
In the College of Medicine and Health, our purpose is to deliver transformative education that will help tackle health challenges of national and global importance.
- Interactive patient-case discussions to develop your clinical reasoning
- Small group discussions to develop your future prescribing role
- Practical communication skills sessions
- Clinical examination training in specialist facilities
- Opportunities to reflect on your Supervised practice
- Academic tutor sessions to support your progress
This comprises 3 units:
- Unit 1 - Prescribing Governance
- Unit 2 - Clinical skills for Prescribing
- Unit 3 - Prescribing Partnerships
Students also have access to extensive on-line resources used on our other clinical courses and University library facilities.
Learning is backed up with individual tutor support and peer group discussions.
- Assessments are varied and reflect the responsibilities of the prescribing role
- Assessments include a clinical interest essay, MCQ test, observations of your clinical skills through OSCEs and submission of your Portfolio of Practice
You will already be a registered pharmacist in employment in a UK healthcare setting. Acquiring this qualification and Independent prescriber status will enable you to seek extended roles in clinical practice as an autonomous prescribing practitioner. In addition, the ability to tailor some of the assessments to an area of practice will enable you to further your clinical interests.
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