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Pharmacist Independent Prescribing - Conversion Course (Practice Certificate)


Course Description

Why this course?

Successful completion of this course will result in the award of a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing.

The course of study involves one day of University based training and a period of learning in practice of a minimum of two days.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/pharmacistindependentprescribing-conversion/

What you'll study

You'll look at areas such as:
- clinical (risk) assessment of patients
- legal & ethical aspects of prescribing independently
- professional judgement & responsibility

After the University-based training you'll start a period of learning in practice. This gives you the opportunity to develop the appropriate clinical skills required to meet the learning outcomes for independent prescribing

Facilities

Our high-quality, dedicated facilities include a dispensary with consulting area, clean room facility and pharmaceutical processing and analysis suites. You will have first-hand experience of the full range of professional activities in a modern training environment.

Entry requirements

All pharmacists must meet the following requirements:
- be a registered pharmacist with the GPhC or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) with annotation as a supplementary prescriber
- be able to provide evidence of prescribing experience which is no longer than two years old
- provide a statement of support from a medical practitioner that confirms their competence as a supplementary prescriber
- demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own continuing professional development (CPD)
- demonstrate how they have developed their own networks for support, reflection and learning, including prescribers from other professions

Course content

- University training
This will include:
- clinical (risk) assessment of patients
- legal & ethical aspects of prescribing independently
- professional judgement & responsibility

Before starting the course you're required to submit a portfolio of evidence, detailing your prescribing activities/patient orientated practice in your current role. This will be used to demonstrate competence to prescribe and current clinical skills.

- Period of learning in practice (PLP)
This starts after the University-based training. It gives you the opportunity to develop the appropriate clinical skills required to meet the learning outcomes for independent prescribing
During this period you'll be supervised by a designated medical prescriber who will be responsible for confirming competence to practise. A second portfolio demonstrating prescribing evidence will be submitted on completion of the period of learning in practice. This period will be a minimum of two days.
The two days in practice must be completed within three months of the residential day.

Visit the Pharmacist Independent Prescribing - Conversion Course (Practice Certificate) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

Entry Requirements

See course description

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