Pharmacist Independent Prescribing PgCert

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • Employment:
    Registered pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) employed in a patient-facing role. For full employment requirements please see below.
  • Experience:
    A minimum of 2 years post-registration experience within a patient-facing role. For full experience requirements please see below.
More information
Apply October 2020

Key Dates

  • Start date
    October

Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), approved by Health Education West Midlands

Enhances your practice as a pharmacist and the delivery of care to your patients by enabling you to manage fully patients' medication as an independent prescriber

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Course summary

Pharmacist Independent Prescribing PgCert has been designed to enhance your practice as a pharmacist and delivery of care to your patients. This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Key information, entry requirements and fees

Mode of delivery: Part time, approximately 1 evening session and 11 on-campus study days. 

Duration: 6 months

Start date: October

Intake: Up to 24 students 

Fees: £3,800

Scholarships: If you are a West Midlands pharmacist you are able to apply to Health Education England (HEE) for possible funding for this course, as the course fully meets their curriculum requirements. You may be able to apply to Health Education England (HEE) for possible funding for this course. The course fully meets their curriculum requirements as a 'Clinically Enhanced Pharmacist Independent Prescribing' qualification. 

Entry requirements: 

  • We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications and experience.
  • You must be a registered pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
  • You must have a minimum of 2 years post-registration experience within a patient-facing role.
  • You must currently be employed in a patient-facing role.
  • A relevant postgraduate clinical diploma (or equivalent) is desirable. 
  • You must have a confirmed Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) in place, who will take responsibility for supporting and supervising experiential learning for a period of 12 days (90 hours). For this clinically enhanced course a further 25 hours of in-practice learning in a suitable clinical environment must also be undertaken.
  • You must have written approval from your employer supporting your study.
  • A relevant clinical diploma (or equivalent) is desirable. 
  • The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor. 

Additional application information: As part of the application, please complete and submit this form.

Key dates:

Students will need to attend all 11 study days as listed below, they must also be available for all assessment days (dates TBC) and attend a welcome evenings along with their DMP.

Study days - Will take place between October 2020 and February 2021. Exact dates to be confirmed.

Assessment dates - Will take place in February and March 2021. Exact dates to be confirmed. 

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Successful candidates will qualify to apply for an annotation on the GPhC register as an Independent Prescriber (however please note that successful completion of this course is not a guarantee of annotation or of future employment as a pharmacist independent prescriber). Find out more about the GPhC’s accreditation reports and the timescales for future accreditations.

In addition, this course is approved by Health Education England. 

Course outline and what you will study

This course comprises of one Level 7, 60-credit module that has been developed in accordance with the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) requirements, and is approved by Health Education England.

This generic course has been designed to expand students’ existing knowledge and develop prescribing skills to support effective clinical care of patients in a patient-facing prescribing role. This course is suitable for all clinical specialties.

The aim of this course is to enable students to:

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of an independent prescriber.
  • Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively
  • Use diagnostic aids relevant to the conditions for which the pharmacist intends to prescribe, including monitoring response to therapy
  • Develop effective communication skills and relationships with  patients, carers, other prescribers and members of the healthcare team
  • Describe the pathophysiology of the condition being treated, and recognise the signs and symptoms of illness
  • Take an accurate medical history and carry out relevant clinical assessments
  • Utilise knowledge and skills in a critical and systematic manner.

 When achieved, students will be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate presenting complaints of patients, and
  • Respond to varied clinical situations, multiple pathologies or complex medical needs, guided by consultation and diagnostic methods designed to establish reliable identification of clinical presentations and therapeutic options.

This is a clinical course involving advanced health assessment of patients. You must be prepared to physically examine patients, models and fellow students.

Learning, teaching, assessment and staff

The contents of this blended learning course are directed by the GPhC guidance titled: "Pharmacist independent prescribing programme - learning outcomes and indicative content". The course follows the consultation process, leading to appropriate prescribing and related patient monitoring.

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • Face-to-face and hands-on learning and teaching
  • Directed and student-managed learning
  • Experiential learning.

The course includes the development of:

  • A portfolio of in-practice learning, including reflective evidence of competence for prescribing
  • Clinical Management Plans
  • Clinical case presentation. 

Methods of assessment include:

  • OSCEs

  • Portfolios of experiential learning, including Clinical Management Plans

  • An oral presentation based on a written case relevant to the student’s area of competency
  • Written exam (2 hours).

Course staff:

  • Dr David Terry is the Programme Director. David has over 30 years experience in the NHS and across all main sectors. He is an award winning researcher into advanced clinical roles of pharmacists.
  • Dr Eloise Phillips is the Deputy Programme Director and a Teaching Fellow in Clinical Practice.
  • Gagandeep Degun is the Module Coordinator and Teaching Fellow in Pharmacy.
  • Dr Chi Huynh, Clinical Lecturer, is the Programme Portfolio Lead.
  • Professor Raj Gupta is the Programme Medical Director. He is also Head of Specialist Clinical Teaching Academy / Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

 

 

Facilities

As a student at Aston University, you will have access to a range of specialist pharmacy facilities recently refitted as part of £3m upgrade.Facilities include:

  • Teaching and research laboratories
  • Mock 'ward' area
  • Medication supply laboratories
  • Medicines management suite
  • Clinical examination suites
  • Video recording technology
  • Computer-aided learning and patient simulations
  • An established Virtual Learning Environment for teaching and course-organisation materials and communications, such as lecture notes, presentations and videos.
  • Hard-copy and electronic access to publications, journals and large scientific databases. 
Your future career opportunities

Successful candidates will qualify to apply for an annotation on the GPhC register as an Independent Prescriber. This enhances your practice as a pharmacist and the delivery of care to your patients by enabling you to manage fully patients’ medication as an independent prescriber.

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