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.
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.
This fully online programme consists of two 30 credit modules; 'Principles of Pharmacology and Prescribing' and 'Assessment, management and treatment of ocular conditions' and will prepare GOC registered Optometrists to undertake the Clinical Placement and proceed to The College of Optometrists Common Final Assessment in Therapeutics. This programme has been designed in collaboration with Ophthalmologists, Pharmacists and Independent Prescribing Optometrists. Our course team have many years experience in teaching optometry and vision science to undergraduate and post-graduate students at Ulster. This programme compliments and extends our current General Optical Council approved BSc (Hons) Optometry course which has been producing high quality graduates for over 16 years.
This online course will allow registered Optometrists to increase their knowledge and skills in the area of Ocular Prescribing and Therapeutics.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand.
Principles of Pharmacology and Prescribing
This module will equip the optometrist with further skills in pharmacology and prescribing to allow the development of safe and effective management of ocular conditions. The knowledge gained during this module will enhance the students ability to work effectively as an optometric independent prescriber.
Assessment, management and treatment of ocular conditions
This module will equip the optometrist with further skills in ocular therapeutics to allow appropriate management of a wide range of ocular conditions. Completion of this module will enhance the Optometrist's up-to-date knowledge of current treatment regimes for a wide range of ocular conditions and enhance his or her scope of practice.
This is a Distance Learning course and students access learning material via a virtual learning environment. 'elearning' is an excellent route for postgraduate learning as it gives unique flexibility and ownership of how and when you learn. It is a different experience from traditional face to face learning and is especially suited to adults who like to learn independently and are self-motivated. This course has been specifically designed with the elearner in mind, so learning material is appropriately displayed and students are encouraged to participate in discussion boards, and to contribute to online chats and are given regular small tasks to complete so learning is broken down into manageable segments.
Ulster University will provide the theoretical element of the Independent Prescribing programme. It will not be involved with the Clinical Placement element of the course. Ulster will not be responsible for arranging a mentor/supervisor for the student, arranging the clinical placements or examining hospital placement logbooks.
This qualification will allow the Optometrist to increase their scope of practice and manage and treat a wider range of ocular conditions.
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).
A part time, modular postgraduate course for qualified pharmacists working in community, primary care or general practice who wish to develop excellent clinical knowledge and consultation skills. This programme of study can incorporate pharmacist independent prescribing.
Pharmacists are increasingly recognised as core providers of services relating to medicines use, disease management and health promotion. Our part-time postgraduate Pharmacy Practice programme, designed specifically for qualified pharmacists working in community, primary care or general practice, will provide students with excellent clinical knowledge and consultation skills.
On completion of the course, students will be able to confidently deliver safe, efficient and effective patient care that meets the health needs of their local population. Students will also develop their knowledge and understanding of health beliefs and adherence, public health policy and strategic service development. They will be supported to engage effectively with commissioning groups, develop partnerships with GPs and implement successful pharmacy services that respond to the needs of patients and commissioners.
The course is modular, allowing students to undertake modules according to personal interests, CPD requirements or service development needs. In combination, completion of modules leads to the award of an academic qualification. Most students continue to work full time in addition to attending the course.
Taught classes are held on alternate Wednesdays at the Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo campus. Two modules are delivered each semester over five days. A further two days are allocated for face-to-face module assessments.
Modules are offered on a two-yearly cycle. The order in which the modules are undertaken therefore depends on the point of entry into the programme. Contact the course leader if you require specific information about a module.
Modules are taught by expert academic staff and experienced clinical practitioners who are leaders in their field within both primary and secondary care. A variety of teaching methods are used including:
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Each 15 credit module represents 150 hours of student endeavour typically comprising of:
Assessments are congruent with the roles of pharmacists in practice and are designed to evaluate the practitioner’s professional competencies relating to patient consultation, clinical decision making and pharmaceutical expertise. A variety of assessment methods are utilised:
A portfolio of evidence must be submitted at the end of each semester to demonstrate learning, reflection and the application of skills and knowledge in practice.
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.
The 60 credit Independent Prescribing module (accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council) can be taken as part of the Diploma or MSc programmes. Additional entry criteria apply. Full details are available here.
Please note that you cannot take the Independent Prescribing module while you are undertaking other Pharmacy Practice modules.
On completion of this programme pharmacists will be equipped to deliver pharmacy services in the community to a high standard, in line with the demands of the changing NHS. Students may also be able to move into the provision of pharmaceutical and prescribing advice in primary care.