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  • Study Type

    Part time available

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  • Start Date

    See Course

  • Course Duration

    6 months (approximately)

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    15 February 2018

Course content

We offer an independent prescribing programme for pharmacists.

The programme is run concurrently between the School of Health Sciences and the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, enabling a large degree of multidisciplinary learning.

Practitioners who successfully complete our Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists course are eligible to apply for admission on to the relevant professional register as an independent prescriber.

The programme was developed in response to a stakeholder meeting held with community pharmacy reps, local trusts and Allied Healthcare Professionals (AHP) reps.

Course structure

There are two distinct pathways to enrol on to the programme – one for nurses and allied health-care professionals, and one for pharmacists.

The programme consists of 30 credits of learning over approximately six months. This equates to around 10 days of learning at the university, which helps you to develop your patient-facing role as a prescriber. An additional 12 days (90 hours minimum) comprise supervised practice within your identified area of practice. The rest of your time will be dedicated to online learning activities and independent study.

The programme is delivered in intensive blocks to facilitate work commitments. It takes place through face-to-face educational preparation and the use of a dedicated online non-medical prescribing resource, which starts in the second semester (January onwards). Students should normally complete the course within a six-month period to accommodate the clinical learning elements.

The programme is assessed by multiple methods including Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and demonstration of competence with a practice-based portfolio.

Information regarding the GPhC accreditation process can be found on their website.


The course emphasises the relationship between theory and practice, enabling students to discuss specific, patient-orientated prescribing issues arising from their day-to-day practice which will then be critiqued within the classroom setting. The main themes covered are:

  • evidence-based medicine
  • health assessment
  • patient safety
  • self-reflection
  • legal and ethical frameworks. 

An inter-professional learning environment will be promoted within taught sessions with an emphasis on self-directed learning and critical reflection, encouraged by the use of a personal portfolio utilising the RPS Prescribing Competency Framework 2016; guided study that includes the use of case studies which students develop in an increasingly independent way, allowing them to build on their knowledge and experience. 

Please note that it is only after successfully completing all elements of the module and requesting annotation to the professional register that you will have the authority to prescribe.

Careers and Employability

This course is usually commissioned by Health Education England for students with an already identified need. There are national directives around increasing the roles of pharmacists – for example in GP practices – which may be useful if you are paying for the programme yourself.

Visit the Non-medical Prescribing for Pharmacists page on the University of Brighton website for more details!




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