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Pharmacist Independent Prescribing (standalone module)

Course Description

Pharmacist Independent prescribing aims to provide patients with quicker and more efficient access to medicines and to make the best use of the skills of pharmacists. This forms part of the National Health Service modernisation agenda as recommended in the Crown Report published in 1999 (Review of Prescribing Supply and Administration of Medicines).

Since commencing the first training programme in 2004, more than 120 pharmacists and nurses have successfully achieved Independent Prescriber status. The next Pharmacist Independent Prescribing module is scheduled to start in autumn 2012. Those qualifying from this course will be able to practice as Independent Prescribers.

This educational and assessment programme will prepare pharmacists for registration as Independent Prescribers with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

The programme consists of:
* 12 study days at Cardiff University where topics such as communication, consultation process, decision-making, clinical patient assessment, and clinical governance will be covered.
* The equivalent of 12 days (as a minimum) learning in practice, developing clinical assessment and prescribing skills under the supervision of the Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP). This equates to 90 hours based upon the GPhC requirements.
* An extensive amount of study time including self directed, or course/DSMP directed study, assignment writing and completion of a Prescribing Portfolio

The course is made up of a 40 credit module, at level 7 (QAA) which equates to at least 400 hours of student effort.

Visit the Pharmacist Independent Prescribing (standalone module) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have been registered for two years with either the General Pharmaceutical Council or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland. They should also hold an English GCSE Grade C or above and have at least 2 years' appropriate patient-orientated experience as a qualified pharmacist

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