De Montfort University

De Montfort University

Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists

This practice certificate in independent prescribing for pharmacists is for pharmacists wishing to obtain a prescribing qualification without completing the clinical pharmacy MSc and earn 45 credits; a 5 credit conversion course from supplementary to independent prescribing is also offered; this course offers a flexible approach that meets continuing professional development (CPD) requirements; suitable for pharmacists working in hospital, community or primary care pharmacy, or other sectors e.g. the prison service, non-NHS hospitals; pharmacists are taught in a uni-professional group (solely alongside other pharmacists) for most of the study days, to ensure the material is relevant and appropriate; there are some multi-professional classes with other healthcare professionals to facilitate learning from different disciplines; this is a course which uses different teaching and assessment methods to suit all learning styles; students are drawn from all over the UK; an opportunity to learn from and alongside pharmacists with different clinical experiences; emphasis is placed on lifelong learning by enabling students to reflect on practice, continue learning and add to their competence after they have gained the qualification.

Entry requirements

Registered pharmacist with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain or Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland; practicing in the UK; 2 years relevant post-registration experience with recent clinical practice in the area in which applicants intend to prescribe; degree in pharmacy; applications are welcomed from pharmacists with degrees from other countries who are practising as a registered pharmacist in the UK.

Assessment methods

The course requires students to complete a portfolio of experience, a reflective log and a therapeutic framework in their chosen area; in March there is also a 2 hour written exam; 1 hour OSCE exam and 5 minute presentation of a treatment algorithm, defended during a 15 minute viva voce examination; these take place over 2 days.

Sponsorship information

There maybe the opportunity for students to gain sponsorship through their local NHS trust or Primary Care Trust; students within the East Midlands maybe eligible for funding through the East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time October 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Leicester Campus Leicester LE1 9BH East Midlands

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