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Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists PG Cert

Course Description

This practice certificate in independent prescribing for pharmacists is for pharmacists wishing to obtain a prescribing qualification without completing the Clinical Pharmacy MSc and earn 45 credits. A five credit conversion course from supplementary to independent prescribing is also offered.

•A flexible approach that meets your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements
•Suitable for pharmacists working in hospital, community or primary care pharmacy, or other sectors eg, the prison service, non-NHS hospitals
•Pharmacists are taught in a uni-professional group (solely alongside other pharmacists) for most of the study days, to ensure the material is relevant and appropriate. There are some multi-professional classes with other healthcare professionals to facilitate learning from different disciplines
•A course which uses different teaching and assessment methods to suit all learning styles
•Students are drawn from all over the UK – an opportunity to learn from and alongside pharmacists with different clinical experiences
•Emphasis is placed on lifelong learning by enabling you to reflect on practice, continue learning and add to your competence after you have gained the qualification

The course is delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of practice-based healthcare professionals over a period of 11 taught days and 90 hours in practice training with a Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP). Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) distance learning packs are also used as teaching material.
The material on the 11 taught days is delivered mainly during seminars, tutorials and workshops. Some of the sessions are multi-professional.

The five credit conversion course requires attendance at 16 hours of workshops and seminars at Leicester city campus and two days in practice training with the DMP. The taught sessions are uni-professional.

Visit the Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists PG Cert page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

•Registration as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council or Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland for at least two years •At least two years’ patient-orientated experience in a UK hospital •Identify an area of clinical practice •Demonstrate how you reflect on own performance and take responsibility for your own CPD •Support from employer in your future prescribing role•If not supported by employer, a statement from local PCT or GP commissioner•Support from a designated medical practitioner who will mentor you during your 90 hours in practice learning•A degree in pharmacy

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