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Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists

The Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists has been validated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and provides pharmacists with the qualification required to practice as independent prescribers.

Overview

The Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists is available as a stand-alone 45 credit course or it can be taken as an option in the diploma year of the MSc in Clinical Pharmacy, which is open to pharmacists from all sectors of the profession. Existing MSc/Diploma students are required to apply separately for the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing.

A 5 credit Supplementary Prescribing Conversion course, for those pharmacists already qualified as supplementary prescribers wishing to upgrade to independent prescribing, is also available.

Course programme

Designed by expert pharmacists and clinicians, the course takes a practice-based approach to learning and assessment, and benefits from the continued input of experienced academics and practitioners from the fields of pharmacy, medicine and nursing.

Reasons to study The Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists at DMU:

  • Validated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and provides pharmacists with the qualification required to practice as independent prescribers
  • Industry standard teaching facilities and extensive use of our virtual learning environment enhance your learning experience
  • Our reputation of more than 104 years’ pharmacy teaching ensures we produce graduates of the highest calibre
  • Designed and delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of expert academics, experienced pharmacists, clinicians and healthcare professionals, with a practice-based approach to learning and assessment
  • Benefit from the continued input of experienced practitioners from the fields of pharmacy, medicine and nursing; encouraging inter-disciplinary working and ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Course code: PHAR 5557

Assessed at Level 7

Duration: 6 months part-time, commencing in October 2016. 

Attendance for the full Independent Prescribing programme: 13 days at De Montfort University plus 90 hours in practice.

Attendance for the Supplementary Prescribing Conversion course: 
7 sessions at De Montfort University plus 15 hours in clinical practice.

Start date: October 2016

Application deadline: All application documents must be received by 5.00pm on 15 July 2016.

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
Part-time
5 credits £191
45 credits £1,716 

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Entry criteria

      Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing (45 credits)

  • Be a registered pharmacist with the GPhC or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
  • Have at least two years appropriate patient-orientated experience in a UK hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year.
  • Applicants need to identify an area of clinical practice in which to develop their prescribing skills and have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to that area of prescribing practice.
  • Be able to demonstrate reflective practice on performance and the ability to take responsibility for continuing professional development.
  • The applicant must have identified a designated medical practioner (DMP) who has training and experience appropriate to their role. This may be demonstrated by adherence to the Department of Health Guidance (2001). The DMP must have agreed to provide supervision, support and shadowing opportunities for the student, and be familiar with the GPhC's requirements and learning outcomes for the programme.

These are the standard entry requirments stipulated by General Pharmaceutical Council. 

  • Support from the applicants employer for learning in practice and study leave.
  • The ability to evidence how the prescribing qualification will be utilised upon succesful completeion of the course. This could include a letter of support from a current or prospective employer.

All applications will be screened and suitable applicants invited to an interview selection process, using video calling where possible.

 

          Supplementary Prescribing Conversion Course (5 credits)

  • Be a registered pharmacist with the GPhC or the PSNI with annotation as a supplementary prescriber.
  • Be able to provide evidence of prescribing experience which is no more than two years old.
  • Provide a statement of support from a medical practitioner that confirms their competence as a supplementary prescriber.
  • Applicants need to identify an area of clinical practice in which to develop their prescribing skills and have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to that area of prescribing practice.
  • Be able to demonstrate reflective practice on performance and the ability to take responsibility for continuing professional development.
  • The applicant must have identified a designated medical practioner (DMP) who has training and experience appropriate to their role. This may be demonstrated by adherence to the Department of Health Guidance (2001). The DMP must have agreed to provide supervision, support and shadowing opportunities for the student, and be familiar with the GPhC's requirements and learning outcomes for the programme.

These are the standard entry requirments stipulated by General Pharmaceutical Council. 

  • Support from the applicants employer for learning in practice and study leave.
  • The ability to evidence how the prescribing qualification will be utilised upon succesful completeion of the course. This could include a letter of support from a current or prospective employer.

All applications will be screened and suitable applicants invited to an interview selection process, using video calling where possible.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise

 

Course modules

Sessions include a broad range of topics including; psychology of prescribing , legal and ethical issues, evidence-based medicine and clinical and communication skills.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Evaluate and apply an evidence-based practice and patient partnership approach to prescribing decision making, including public health and clinical governance concerns.
  • Create and use individualised treatment and monitoring plans for patients within your area of competence.
  • Prescribe safely, ethically, legally, cost effectively and within a team, communicating effectively with patients, carers, other prescribers and other healthcare professionals
  • Perform patient examinations in order to diagnose and monitor the conditions within your area of competence.
  • Reflect upon prescribing practice and use this to develop audits and continue your professional development, recording this appropriately.
  • Use common diagnostic aids, e.g. stethoscope

For the Supplementary Prescribing Course students will only need to attend a selection of the course modules to include prescribing legally and ethically and clincial skills.

Teaching and assessment

You choose which therapeutic area you would like to prescribe in, in line with your practice - this then becomes your 'area of competence' and you undertake appropriate CPD to prove that you are competent in this area. 

The small cohort size lends itself to an informal teaching approach in which discussion and debate amongst the group is encouraged. Our virtual learning environment provides a point of resource and communication between students and academics.

Practice-based assessment includes: a portfolio and reflective log of clinical experience, presentation of a treatment algorithm, objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) assessment, and written assessments.

The course is delivered over a period of 11 taught days and competencies in the chosen clinical area are covered by 90 hours in clinical practice under the guidance of their designated medical practitioner.

The five credit conversion course requires attendance at 16 hours of workshops and seminars on campus, and 15 hours in clinical practice.

Academic expertise

The course is delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of staff and external experts, including pharmacists, nurses and doctors. 

Over 100 years of pharmacy teaching and expertise at our institution ensures that our graduates are of the highest calibre.

Facilities and features

How to apply

Students can apply directly to study this postgraduate taught course at DMU by using our online applications portal using the programme code B23091. They will also need to complete the course specific application form below.

NHS employees may also be eligible for LBR funding.

If you would like further information or an informal discussion about the prescribing course, please contact:

Module Leader

Tim Harrison 
E: tharrison@dmu.ac.uk 
T: 0116 250 6470

IP Application Form 2016-17

IP Course Leaflet 2016

 

Learning in practice

The course requires you to identify a medical practitioner (known as a Designated Medical Practitioner or DMP) who will act as your mentor and allow you to observe prescribing in their practice.  Students spend 90 hours working in practice; this is in addition to the study days at DMU. For further information regarding the requirements of a DMP, please refer to the documents referenced above, and if you have any further questions, please contact the module leader directly, using the contact details above. 

Useful sources of information

GPhC Requirements  
http://www.pharmacyregulation.org/education/pharmacist-independent-prescriber

Application information

Part of the application process requires you to identify why there is a need to prescribe in your area, how you will use your qualification in practice and how this will benefit patient care. You choose which therapeutic area you would like to prescribe in, in line with your practice - this then becomes your 'area of competence' and you undertake appropriate CPD to prove that you are competent in this area. You are expected to have a good working knowledge of your area of clinical competence when you apply for the course.  

If your employer is not paying your course fees then we also require a letter from your local trust/CCG/practice or other organisation to state that they support you becoming a prescriber in the area of competence you have chosen and they will support you as a qualified prescriber. See our website for information on how to apply to this course.

Please note that you must complete a DMU application form (if you have note studied with us before) in addition to a course specific application form, which is available on the website. Supporting evidence from your employer and DMP will also be required.

Suitable candidates will be interviewed as part of the selection process for this course. 

Opportunities and careers

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Scholarships

As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >

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Gunn and Carter Fellowship £3000 per annum. 

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To support research in the Leicester School of Pharmacy.

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Graduate careers

Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, which will allow you to apply to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for your register entry to be annotated to that of a prescriber. You will then be able to work as a pharmacist independent prescriber.

 

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