Our post-graduate Pharmacy Practice course is part-time, flexible and competency-based. The independent prescribing course is a GPhC accredited course for qualified pharmacists wanting to prescribe autonomously for conditions within their clinical competence.
This course aims to deliver competent pharmacist prescribers who can provide an independent and supplementary prescribing service which is safe and effective and takes into account the needs of patients, the professions and the relevant health organisations.
This integrated multi-professional course will enable healthcare professionals to take on the role of an independent and/or supplementary prescriber. Pharmacists and nurses are taught together to facilitate multidisciplinary working. The GPhC and the NMC publish an indicative syllabus and learning outcomes which informs the curriculum.
The indicative syllabus does not include teaching on specific clinical topics. Therefore if you wish to gain the clinical skills required prior to undertaking the prescribing qualification please apply for the MSc /diploma in Pharmacy Practice
The professional bodies require that the course provide 26 days teaching and learning and a minimum of 12 (x 7.5 h) days in practice spent with a designated medical practitioner.
The seminars and physical assessment skills training have a different theme each week which is supported by online learning material to provide students with the underpinning knowledge base.
This is a 60 credit module, accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council, representing 600 hrs of student endeavour comprising:
Typically, one credit equates to ten hours of work
A variety of teaching methods are used including tutorials, workshops, presentations and case studies. Material is also provided via the King’s e-learning and teaching service (KEATS). A minimum of twelve days (90 hours) 'in practice' must be carried out under the supervision of the DMP during the six month course.
The seminars have a different theme each week which is related to the modules that are in the web based learning materials. Attendance at these seminars is COMPULSORY and it is expected that annual leave will not be taken throughout these days.
Methods of assessment
Assessment comprises three distinct approaches, all of which must be passed:
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.
We will equip you to be a pharmacist independent prescriber and deliver services for patients in line with the demands of the changing NHS.
Our Independent Prescribing short course will enable healthcare professionals to take on the role of an independent prescriber in their area of practice.
Pharmacists and nurses are taught together to facilitate multidisciplinary learning and working. A large proportion of the learning will be delivered online, providing a flexible approach to learning by allowing students the benefit of studying this in their own time.
This 30-credit course is available for study at level 7 (master's level). The course runs over four months and normally has two intakes each year. The next intake is in 2018.
The course includes eight days of compulsory university-attended sessions (nine for nurses/midwives) and 18 days of self-directed learning, which will be delivered through e-learning and self-directed study.
In addition, you must undertake 12 days of supervised practice with your designated medical practitioner, which amounts to 78 hours for nurses/midwives or 90 hours for pharmacists.
Please note that successful completion of an accredited course is not a guarantee of annotation or of future employment as a pharmacist independent prescriber.
You can view accreditation reports and timescales for future accreditation on the General Pharmaceutical Council website . You can confirm our accreditation with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on their website .
Please check online for course dates. If there are no dates for your preferred cohort, please contact us to enquire. Attendance at all teaching and assessment days is mandatory, so it is important to confirm that you are able to attend them all before you apply.
Please check online for details of fees, which may be subject to change and apply only to the dates given.
The course aims to use your current experiences of practice and encourage the development and application of new knowledge and skills to practice.
We aim to:
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Do I need an NMP lead signature on my application form?
Not if you are self-funding. If you are being financially supported HENW, then yes.
What does a level 7 course mean and are the credits transferable?
Level 7 study is master's level, which means that you must have an undergraduate degree to undertake this course. The course offers 30 credits, which may be transferrable to other courses. We would advise that you check with the other courses in the first instance.
Can I pay the course fees in instalments?
No, due to university regulations, it is not possible to pay fees in instalments for this course. All fees must be paid prior to commencing the course.
A range of teaching methods are used to develop the knowledge and understanding, practical skills, intellectual skills and personal qualities required to become a competent prescriber.
Learning is divided into two units, which will be delivered online as weekly content designed to complement the university-based study sessions.
The online material can be studied in your own time, and will involve directed reading, online discussion and learning activities. As such, you need to be self-motivated to learn in your own time. You must also have a fairly good level of IT skills, as the learning requires you to navigate Blackboard and an electronic portfolio.
The eight university-based study days are designed to enhance student learning by providing the opportunity to take a hands-on approach to learning including group activities, teaching OSCEs, and practical skill sessions.
A minimum of 12 days' learning in practice under the supervision of a designated medical practitioner should be carried out during the four-month course. During this time, students are required to complete a reflective practice portfolio to document and reflect on their learning.
Please note that this is an accelerated course that covers a large amount of learning in a very short space of time. You will need to engage fully with the course, as you will need to complete 26 days of learning and 12 days of supervised practice in this timescale.
Only you can decide whether this approach works for you, but you must be prepared to commit fully for the duration of the course.
2018 teaching dates
We use the following assessment methods:
The course will cover:
Much of the curriculum has been determined by the NMC and the GPhC.
The learning material is divided into two units, each running for seven weeks.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Medicines Management (Independent and/ or Supplementary Prescribing) is a part-time, web-dependent programme, developed with the aim of preparing suitably qualified Allied Health Professionals for the extended roles of access and supply of drugs under exemption order, Patient Group Directives, Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (Physiotherapy and Podiatry) and Supplementary Prescribing (Radiography).
The programme comprises two compulsory thirty credit point modules; Pharmacotherapeutics in Prescribing and Prescribing in Practice; in combination leading to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Medicines Management and the professional award of Independent and/or Supplementary Prescribing (for those professions eligible). The two modules are usually taken over a one year period. The programme runs from September to December (Module 1: Pharmacotherapeutics in Prescribing) and January to May (Module 2: Prescribing in Practice) each year.
Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, and Radiographers have been able to prescribe as Supplementary Prescribers since 2005. Two joint formal consultation by the Department of Health and the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on proposals to further introduce Independent Prescribing rights to Chiropodists/Podiatrists and Physiotherapists in 2011 led to the development of The Human Medicines Regulations 2012, resulting in Independent Prescribing rights being extended to these health professions from August 2013.
Non- medical prescribing underpins achievement of the goals identified in Equality and Excellence: Liberating the NHS (Department of Health 2012) by the development of new roles and service delivery to improve patient outcome. Independent and Supplementary prescribing by Health Professionals improves patient access to services, enables early intervention reducing hospital admissions and improves discharge outcomes following hospital stay by improving the transition from acute to community care.
Independent prescribing by Physiotherapists and Podiatrists has been demonstrated to support patient-centered care by enhancing partnership working across professional and organisational boundaries, enabling the redesign of care pathways that is cost effective, maximizes benefit to the patient, enhances professional autonomy and is sustainable.
Supplementary Prescribing is used most often in chronic disease management where the initial diagnosis has been made by an Independent Prescriber and continued care is paramount (for example in the case of administration of radiotherapy, or the case of clinical research trials). Direct benefits to the patient are an improvement in patient care, better use of Allied Health Professionals and Medics time, clarification of professional responsibilities leading to improved communications, the provision of a holistic and autonomous service by non-medical professionals, greater concordance and improved understanding by patients of their pharmacological management.
This part time, web-dependent programme has been developed with the aim of preparing suitably qualified Allied Health Professionals for the extended role of Independent and/ or Supplementary Prescribing in accordance with legislative eligibility. Completion of the programme also provides the training elements required for Allied Health Professionals working under patient group directives and will qualify the applicant for the professional entry of Prescriptions Only Medicine Certification on the Health Professions Council register where eligible.
Students are required to attend and engage with ALL face to face teaching sessions and clinical placement hours associated with the programme. Students MUST demonstrate that placement activity is carried out and attendance meets requirements specified in the Prescribing Practice Portfolio (Minimum requirements: 90 hours attendance in clinical prescribing practice for Independent and / or Supplementary Prescribing).
Placement is central to the development of the safe prescriber and the educational input and support of a designated/ approved General/ Medical Practitioner is crucial to the development of the necessary competencies.
For students undertaking the full Postgraduate Certificate programme, placement is organised by the student in negotiation with the employer and Medical Practitioner, and in consultation with the University of Ulster. Clinical placement across the two modules is a minimum 90 hours. Placement is a compulsory part of this programme during which students develop their clinical skills, under the supervision of a Medical Practitioner, to be able to undertake their new role safely.
The placement setting will typically be the workplace for each student. Proposed Medical Practitioner’s will be expected to sign a declaration of eligibility (in accordance with the Department of Health’s eligibility criteria) prior to a student being accepted onto the programme. In cases where students cannot gain the skills required in their place of work, the main objective will be to seek the experiences within another suitable environment.
Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as an Independent and/or Supplementary Prescriber.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Medicines Management delivers a range of learning experiences to enable students across and between multiple disciplines to enhance their knowledge and skills, encourage critical thinking, creativity and strategic planning in Independenet and/ or Supplementary Prescribing within their professional field, thereby enhancing employability. Students applying for this programme are expected to already be following a distinct career pathwaywith the opportunity of progressing in that pathway through the extended prescibing and leadership skills attained.
Our blended learning PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine enables registered pharmacists to independently evaluate and assess patients who present to the emergency department.
You will also build the knowledge and skills needed to independently recommend and/or prescribe appropriate medicines for emergency treatment.
Hospital pharmacists will be able to manage emergency department patients in addition to working as part of a multidisciplinary emergency team upon completion of the course.
The course consists of two 30-credit postgraduate short courses: Independent Prescribing andAdvanced Clinical Skills . Independent Prescribing is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
This course aims to produce graduates who:
Our blended learning approach means you can fit online learning around face-to-face sessions and your other commitments.
Take advantage of Manchester's modern pharmacy teaching and learning facilities, including a state-of-the-art SIM Man to practice clinical skills.
The need for this course has been identified through national pilot work, where the impact of pharmacists in emergency departments working as independent prescribers with advanced clinical skills was assessed.
This assessment showed that hospital pharmacists with these additional skills of independent prescribing and advanced clinical assessment could manage up to 35.7% of patients presenting to the emergency department (ED).
The role for pharmacists working in the ED is an exciting opportunity to work in a new field of practice.
We use a blended format where learning is supported through online teaching materials delivered through Manchester's virtual learning environment (VLE).
Flipped classroom strategies will allow theory and knowledge-based learning to be delivered online in weekly segments, and face-to-face learning will be utilised for skills and problem-based learning.
There will be up to eight mandatory face-to-face sessions in each unit to focus on problem-based and collaborative teaching strategies.
These sessions will also support the delivery of medical examination, consultation and Advanced Clinical Skills course components.
The structured online programme will support these contact days and allow you to learn at a time that is convenient to you, providing flexibility around your work commitments.
We use a range of assessment methods for each unit.
Advanced Clinical Skills
You will be able to use a state-of-the-art SIM Man to practice clinical skills during the face-to-face study days at the University. There will be supported learning in the emergency department where you are based.
The University of Manchester offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .
Taking this course will contribute to your annual continuing professional development as part of the requirements for registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
Completing this course offers career progression for experienced hospital pharmacists to manage patients in the emergency department, in addition to working as a member of the multidisciplinary team in this department.
The Independent Prescribing unit is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
Do you have aspirations of becoming a writer, director or producer? We’ll help you develop the skills necessary for a career working in the film industry.
Delivered at our Production Hub at Paintworks in Bristol and our Newton Park Campus, we provide an environment which nurtures and inspires creative vision, including storytelling. You’ll also have access to the University’s postgraduate campus at Corsham Court.
Oscar winning producer, Lord David Puttnam, contributes to the teaching of the programme in the form of a customised module.
We teach you how modern filmmakers work, alongside offering practical experience. You should graduate with:
• A range of professional contacts.
• A showreel.
• The knowledge to get ahead in the film business.
You’ll create a portfolio detailing your preparations for the delivery of a short moving image production. This project could take the form of a short narrative film, documentary, animation, music video or digital marketing strategy.
We’ll encourage you to make your proposed project, however, your success in academic terms doesn’t depend on you completing your project during the course. Research based practice is an equally valid form of study.
For more information on the course structure please go to our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-independent-filmmaking/
This course consists of five modules:
In Development, you will be introduced to experienced filmmaker teams who give case studies on how they developed and produced their films. You'll attend workshops and lectures with guest speakers from across the industry.
In The Philosophy of Film David Puttnam will draw upon his own distinguished career as a filmmaker to discuss the philosophy of film, the grammar and the language of film through critical and practical analysis.
In Pre-Production, you'll attend workshops on script development, casting, budgeting/scheduling, relevant software, locations and contracts/legals. You'll also develop your pre-production folder.
In Film Lab (an optional module), space is created for students to develop and workshop their work for TV or film based work around cold reading of their respective scripts within the group.
In Transnational Cinema (an optional module), you'll explore films in theory and practice.
In Creative Project, you'll complete a moving image related project e.g. short film or animation, with the option of completing a written practice-focused dissertation, discussing context, audience, avenues for distribution or other relevant subjects.
You’ll be taught through a combination of intensive workshops and seminars. The programme is designed to build on your previous filmmaking experience and current professional practice.
You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, including scriptwriting, production folders and either a written practice based dissertation or film project.
To receive a Master’s degree in Independent Filmmaking you’ll need to demonstrate via coursework a detailed understanding of the process by which moving image productions are made and have a portfolio of project work that shows a creative mastery which matches your grasp of Independent Filmmaking. Your final mark for the production module will depend on the creativity and originality of your work, as well as your demonstrated ability in your role.
We’ll equip you with skills across a number of technical and craft areas – lens, digital, sound, and lighting. You’ll graduate in a suitable position for further postgraduate study, such as a Bath Spa PhD programme, or portfolio careers in the media and digital production sectors of the economy.
For more information on competitions, facilities and resources please go to: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-independent-filmmaking/
The MA Somatic Practices by Independent Research focuses on the study of somatic practices and somatically informed movement practices in a contemporary and historical context.
It offers practitioners a means of validating and accrediting their prior experience and professional training and an opportunity to develop and deepen critical understanding of specific somatic practices and how to conduct somatically informed research.
The programme will enable you to analyse, critique and articulate your somatic and/or movement practice in relation to current industry practices, protocols and conventions and situate your work within the U.K, European and North American field of somatics.
It offers practitioners a means of validating and accrediting their prior experience and professional training and an opportunity to develop and deepen their critical understanding of specific somatic practices and how to conduct somatically informed research.
In particular, the programme provides you with opportunities for developing an understanding of individual practice in relation to current trends, practices and opportunities within the wider fields of somatic and somatically informed movement practices.
Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.
At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.
The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.
The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:
This course is suitable for you if you are a practitioner with 3 or more years of professional practice and/or a diploma in a somatic practice such as Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy (IBMT), Body-Mind Centreing, Somatic Experiencing, Feldenkrais Technique, Alexander Technique, Tamalpa Practice, Yoga, Skinner Releasing Technique.
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This course consists of 2 modules. Prior to beginning the course you will have your prior professional learning accredited. This is done through an interview, the submission of a professional portfolio and an essay (for more details see ‘how to apply’ below).
Module 1: Somatically-informed Research Methodologies
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Module 2: Somatic Practices Dissertation
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Assessed through a portfolio of prior work/training, the completion of a Research Methodologies module (30 credits) and a Dissertation module (60 credits), the programme addresses the needs of mature learners and professional movement practitioners who seek to extend and develop their professional learning through Masters study.
The M.A Somatic Practices by Independent Research degree offers Higher Education study to professionals who may not wish to engage with a taught programme of study but seek to validate their professional training and practice through accreditation of prior standing and through the completion of a Research methodologies module and through the completion of a Dissertation project developed through independent study.
The programme will be of interest to those who have completed professional training existing outside Higher Education (examples of such trainings in the UK and internationally include: Body-Mind CenteringÒ, Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy, Feldenkrais, Alexander, Skinner Releasing Technique) who seek flexibility of study.
The research methodologies module can be delivered in concert with the current MA Reflective Practice module and/or as a stand-alone module with flexible delivery (online, weekends, summer). Dissertation supervision will draw on existing staff research expertise and are normally delivered through a combination of face-to face tutorials, Skype, and email correspondence.