This course will prepare pharmacists to achieve the learning outcomes required by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in order to apply to be annotated as a pharmacist independent prescriber.
There are two routes that can be followed to achieve the learning outcomes required by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhc) in order to apply to be annotated as a pharmacist independent prescriber. For those already registered with the GPhC as a supplementary prescriber there is a conversion course route. For those not registered as a supplementary prescriber there is the full course route. Both routes of the course are accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council.
Both routes of the course are delivered by distance-learning on RGU’s Virtual Learning Environment Campus Moodle using a range of web-based learning materials, including self-assessment questions with answers, discussion forums, and reading materials.
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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 course enables pharmacists to apply knowledge of medicines actions and formulations in patient care. You’ll also develop the skills required to promote effective use of medicines in all areas of pharmacy practice.
You’ll study the scientific and clinical factors that influence treatment with medicines and the delivery of pharmaceutical care. Advanced training in the practice of pharmacy will enable you to judge new treatments critically and to plan and develop clinical services.
The course content includes:
If you successfully complete all assessments and want to continue to MSc, you’ll carry out a three-month individual research project.
The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS) offers an excellent environment for research and teaching. It’s located in a new building with several laboratories. All labs are fitted with modern equipment.
Students study two classes that are designed to introduce key concepts and skills in a clinical setting, including pharmaceutical care planning, patient interview skills and bedside teaching, and to develop critical analysis and reflection.
Students choose two electives that align with their clinical interests. Topics may include:
Students who successfully complete all assessments and wish to continue to MSc will carry out a three-month individual research project in a clinical setting and submit a thesis.
The course is delivered as workshops and tutorials in small group teaching.
Each element is assessed by a series of assignments based on students’ clinical evaluations.
Gaining clinical pharmacy skills offers a route into enhanced career progression within pharmacy.
How much will I earn?
In the NHS, salaries for specialist pharmacists range from £30,764 to £40,588 (Band 7). Promotion to this band is normally possible after two to three years at Band 6.*
Job titles include:
The General Pharmacy Practice PGDip is a Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) Foundation Programme that helps you as a newly qualified pharmacist to consolidate your knowledge and skills in a professional environment.
It comprises a total of three work placements and teaches further academic background to clinical practice. The curriculum is developed through the work of the Joint Programmes Board (JPB), a collaboration of universities across London and the south-east.
The course qualifies you not only for the PGDip but also for an NHS Statement of Completion of General Pharmacist Training.
The course is split into two stages: Foundation Stage 1 (which qualifies you for the PGCert) and Foundation Stage 2 (which qualifies you for the PGDip).
The educational aims of the curriculum are to develop general skills, knowledge, competencies and attitudes to ensure the highest professional performance and conduct. Practice activities are a required component of the course and all students will undertake these activities under the guidance of an accredited practice tutor.
The first stage lasts approximately 18 months and consists of one module: Practitioner Development and Establishment of Professional and Clinical Practice. This is primarily completed in the workplace but also involves occasional study days.
You can defer stage 2 after the completion of stage 1 if you want some time out in between. You can restart at any time so long as you finish the degree within six years of registration.
The second stage lasts approximately one year and is comprised of two modules, each in a defined area of practice. It prepares you for work as a band 7 pharmacist.
The course is a fundamental element of the practitioner development strategy for pharmacists' careers within the NHS. This strategy incorporates a competency-based career pathway from junior bands through to consultant pharmacists.