CREDPG Independent Prescribing (Credit Only) (Part Time)


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



Key facts

(2014 Research Excellence Framework)

Key facts

(National Student Survey, 2015)

The UEA Independent prescribing course for pharmacists is specifically tailored for clinically experienced pharmacists to develop them into competent prescribers. The course is delivered by a multidisciplinary teaching team comprising of practicing clinical and prescribing pharmacists, doctors and nurses.

The course uses multiple teaching methods to aid your learning including 12 days in clinical practice under the supervision of a designated medical practitioner, 13 study days and associated pre-study day activities. The course design allows the student to adapt the teaching sessions to their own requirements.

Assessment is entirely by portfolio with the option of either recorded in practice consultations or a simulated patient consultation. Pharmacists who successfully complete this course will be eligible for the annotation of ‘Independent Prescriber’ on the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Register of Pharmacists.

Overview

To become an independent prescriber you must demonstrate that you have met the outcomes set for independent prescribers by the GPhC.  This is achieved in this course via

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

The course recognises that as a qualified pharmacist you may already have some underpinning clinical knowledge and skills required for the course, i.e. through prior completion of a clinical diploma.  Evidence of experience or certification of competency will be reviewed and may allow for reduced study day attendance and reduced fee.  
Study days take place throughout the course and attendance is compulsory.

Students complete pre-course study packs which provide the required knowledge and direct work-based skill development activities that support the learning outcomes for the associated study day.  Brief readiness tests prior to study day attendance guide the facilitator in tailoring the study day interaction to your individual learning needs.  The study days are small group, expert-facilitated interactive sessions responsive to individual need.

View a summary of study days.

Duration

The Independent Prescribing (Credit Only) course runs for 6 months part-time. 

Registration

Registration for this course takes place on the Induction Day (March 2017). Students will be required to bring original education documents, their passport (and visa if applicable) to the induction event.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 40 credits:

Name Code Credits

INDEPENDENT PRESCRIBING FOR PHARMACISTS

Students will identify the key skills in examination and diagnostics required for them to perform in their prescribing role and pursue competency in these areas with their Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP). Advanced consultation skills, clinical decision-making, law and ethics, and public health will be taught in face-to-face learning sets at UEA. This means a diverse range of clinical specialities can be accommodated within the learning set. This module will be taken by students for the September intake.

PHA-7016Y

40

INDEPENDENT PRESCRIBING FOR PHARMACISTS

Students will identify the key skills in examination and diagnostics required for them to perform in their prescribing role and pursue competency in these areas with their Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP). Advanced consultation skills, clinical decision-making, law and ethics, and public health will be taught in face-to-face learning sets at UEA. This means a diverse range of clinical specialities can be accommodated within the learning set. This module will be taken by students for the April intake.

PHA-7015X

40

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. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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 (link to the PDF document attached here?)

Intakes

This course has two intakes per year, September and March. The next course start date is 8th March 2017. To be considered, complete applications must be received by 22nd February 2017. This must include all relevant supporting documents, references and funding confirmation where applicable.

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees for 2016/17

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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