CREDPG Independent Prescribing (Credit Only) (Part Time)


Attendance
Part Time
Award
Postgraduate Credit (non-award bearing)



Key facts

(Research Excellence Framework 2014 Times Higher Analysis)

Tailored to the requirements of clinically experienced pharmacists, our Independent Prescribing course will help you to become a competent prescriber.

Our multidisciplinary teaching team is comprised of practicing clinical and prescribing pharmacists, doctors and nurses. The four-month, part-time course includes 12 days in clinical practice under the supervision of a designated medical practitioner (DMP). You’ll also benefit from 13 study days with associated pre-study day activities, which you can adapt to your own needs. Working with a DMP, you’ll get to grips with the required skills in examination and diagnostics for you to perform in a prescribing role, and to pursue competency in these areas. The course also covers advanced consultation skills, clinical decision-making, law and ethics, and public health.

Complete your course successfully and you’ll be eligible for the annotation of ‘Independent Prescriber’ on the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Register of Pharmacists.

Overview

This course enables you to demonstrate that you have met the required outcomes of an independent prescriber, as set by the GPhC. You will achieve this by attending our study days, completing e-learning, workplace activities, and the learning mutually agreed with the course team and your DMP.

You will benefit from multiple teaching methods to aid your learning, including 12 days in clinical practice under the supervision of a designated medical practitioner and 13 compulsory study days, spread throughout the course.

The study days are small group, expert-facilitated interactive sessions, responsive to your individual needs.

Prior to each of them, you’ll need to complete a study pack, which will provide you with the required knowledge and direct work-based skill development activities to support the learning outcomes for the study day in question. The study day facilitator will then you set you a brief readiness test before you attend, so that they’re able to tailor their interactions with you on the day to, and you get the most out of it.

As a qualified pharmacist, you may already possess some of the underpinning clinical knowledge and skills required for the course, for example, through the prior completion of a clinical diploma. If you have evidence of experience or certification of competency you may be eligible for reduced study day attendance and a reduced fee.

Course Structure

This is a four-month, part-time course, with two intakes per year – one in September and a second in March. Each intake group completes the same core module in its four months study period, worth a total of 40 credits. 

Independent prescribing for pharmacists

Working with a Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP), you will identify the key skills in examination and diagnostics required for you to perform in a prescribing role, and to pursue competency in these areas.

Face-to-face taught sessions in the module will cover advanced consultation skills, clinical decision-making, law and ethics, and public health. This means that we can accommodate a diverse range of clinical specialities. 

Download Timetable for September 2018 – January 2019

Download Timetable for March – June 2019

Teaching and Learning

Teaching

Our multidisciplinary teaching team includes practicing clinical and prescribing pharmacists, doctors and nurses.

The course features 12 days in clinical practice under the supervision of a designated medical practitioner and 13 small group study days and associated pre-study day activities, all of which are compulsory.

Independent study

You will need to complete a study pack and brief readiness test prior to attending each study day. This will allow the day’s facilitator to assess your existing knowledge, and tailor your learning on the day.

Assessment

You will be assessed entirely by portfolio with the option of either recorded in-practice consultations at your place of work, or a simulated patient consultation.

To complete the course successfully you will also need to demonstrate:

  • Attendance of all study days
  • Completion of e-learning
  • Completion of practice activities and assignments within the workplace
  • Personal development planning and related evidence collection

After the course

On successful completion of the course you’ll be eligible for the annotation of ‘Independent Prescriber’ on the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Register of Pharmacists.

Career destinations

Independent prescribing in various clinical settings including, tertiary and secondary care, GP practice based and community pharmacy.

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.

Course Modules 2019/0

Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Further Reading

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Pharmacy (MPharm or equivalent)

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date. 

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests.

Special Entry Requirements

  • You will need to provide a copy of your General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) certificate or verification of registered pharmacist status.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of 2 years continuous registration with either the GPhC or the PSNI.
  • You must have a named designated medical practitioner (DMP) willing to supervise your training. 
  • Registered medical practitioners eligible to be a DMP must have at least 3 years medical, treatment and prescribing responsibility for a group of patients/clients in the field of practice that the pharmacist intends to prescribe. The medical practitioner must work in either a GP practice, secondary or tertiary care, have experience or training in teaching and /or supervision in practice and the support of his/her employer to undertake the role of a DMP.
  • You must have arrangements in place to undertake 90 hours of learning in practice supervised by your DMP.
  • DMP commitments and responsibilities are outlined in the Statement of Compliance

Intakes

This course has two intakes per year, September and March. The September 2018 course is now full.  Applications can be made for March 2019. 

Please note:  Places on this course are strictly limited so applications will close once the course is full and this may be before the application deadline.  Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.  

  

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees for 2018/19

The fee for this course is £2,322

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

    Next Steps

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