Successful students of the course are awarded a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing. This General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)-accredited qualification is required for your annotation as an independent prescriber and is the first step on a truly career-changing pathway.
The course usually takes 12 months to complete, although it can be completed in less time. You will attend nine mandatory study days, including assessments, where you'll study therapeutic topics, clinical skills, patient assessment, and much more. We will give you the opportunity to develop your awareness, knowledge, and skills for the clinical assessment and physical examination of patients including the main anatomic/therapeutic areas: respiratory, cardiovascular, gastro-intestinal, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems.
You will have the opportunity to study to achieve the learning outcomes stipulated in the GPhC’s Educational Standards (.pdf) with emphasis on clinical decision-making, patient safety, and the professional and ethical aspects of prescribing practice.
Once qualified, and with your registration appropriately annotated, you'll be able to take on new challenges and opportunities unavailable to non-prescribers. The course is transformative for your professional development and clinical utility and ultimately enhances your career choices and job satisfaction.
More information is available from the General Pharmaceutical Council.