This course leads to the GPhC’s ‘Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing’, a required qualification for becoming an independent prescriber.
You will study at the University of Sunderland for one day a week for nine weeks, with associated independent study. You will cover topics such as: ‘Prescribing in a Team Context’; ‘Applied Therapeutics’; ‘Prescribing in the Public Health Context’; and ‘Legal, Policy, Professional and Ethical Aspects’.
Once you have qualified, you will be able to take on new challenges and opportunities that are unavailable to non-prescribers. The course is therefore transformative in terms of your on-going professional development. More information is available from the General Pharmaceutical Council.
The content of this course reflects the General Pharmaceutical Council's syllabus for independent prescribing for pharmacists.
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, practical skills development sessions, presentations, self-directed learning and mentored practice. You will study at the University of Sunderland for one day a week for nine weeks, with associated independent study. There is also at least 90 hours of supervised practice with a designated medical practitioner.
Assessment is based on a series of OSCEs (Objectively Structured Clinical Examinations), multiple choice questions, assessed presentations and a written portfolio of evidence.
We require applicants to be registered with the UK General Pharmaceutical Council or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.
You should have at least two years of patient-orientated experience in a UK hospital, community or primary care setting following your pre-registration year.
The fee for this course is £1,350.
This information was correct at the time of publication.