About This Course
This Prescribing for Pharmacists course will enable pharmacists to undertake a robust training programme in order to develop and register as independent/supplementary prescribers to meet the standards set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). The main educational aims of the course are to develop the history taking, consultation and physical examination skills of pharmacists in order to become competent, compassionate and effective practitioners with a person-centred approach to prescribing, and a comprehensive and thorough understanding of safe prescribing practice. By exploring the issues relating to self-care, resilience and accountability, practitioners will adopt the skills and knowledge required to become compassionate prescribers.
The Prescribing for Pharmacists course aims to develop critical-thinking prescribers who fully understand and exercise their professional accountability within their advanced role. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to record their independent/supplementary prescribing status with the GPhC.
Students will need to undertake a minimum of 90 hours of learning in practice, supervised by an appropriately qualified Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP).
All students undertaking the course must meet the requirements as determined by the GPhC. This is a level 7 programme.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- This course has been accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and has been designed to meet the specific needs of pharmacist trainee prescribers with emphasis on clinical and diagnostic skills.
- The course facilitates interprofessional learning with many sessions being delivered alongside the Independent Prescribing programme, thus encouraging a collaborative team-orientated approach to learning and working.
- This course will adopt a blended learning approach with teaching being delivered remotely as well as on campus which allows for flexibility in learning.
- Providing support to students whilst on the course is very important to us. You will be allocated an academic assessor who will arrange regular tutorials throughout the course to provide support, guidance and advice as well as monitor your progress.
- We also ensure that we support Designated Prescribing Practitioners in their role by providing teaching materials, regular contact and remote support and teaching sessions whilst undertaking the role.
- Students can submit their assignments in Welsh if they wish and many of the course team are Welsh speakers.
What will you study on this course?
This Prescribing for Pharmacists course has been designed in consideration of the specific learning needs of pharmacists and will enable you to develop skills such as history taking, physical examination and diagnostic reasoning to support safe prescribing practice. This will provide a foundation for your development as a newly qualified independent/supplementary prescriber. Once qualified and registered with your regulatory body, you will have opportunities to expand your formulary and area of competence, in conjunction with your employer, as appropriate.
Elements of this course will be delivered in conjunction with the independent prescribing course for Nursing and Midwifery (NMC) and Health and Care Professions (HCPC) registrants.
The students on both courses come from different professional backgrounds and diverse clinical specialities and will have different knowledge, skills, experiences and expertise. The course facilitates inter-professional learning which encourages a collaborative team-orientated approach to learning and working. Based on this, you are expected to take an active role in inter-professional learning during the course by sharing your expertise and professional perspective.
You are expected to be active participants in your learning which means participating in discussions within the class and on the discussion board, actively seeking learning opportunities within clinical practice, and undertaking self-directed learning.
The programme will ensure that you are familiar with and can apply the general principles of prescribing practice which is utilised within your own area of clinical practice. To cover generic prescribing principles, while speakers may refer to their own clinical experience as examples, the principles discussed can be applied to all areas of prescribing practice. The programme will allow you to expand on your existing knowledge and apply these to the principles of prescribing.
The programme is underpinned by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's A Competency Framework for all Prescribers (2021). The programme content and assessments are mapped against the 10 domains within this framework:
- assessing the patient
- identify evidence-based treatment options available for clinical decision making
- present options and reach a shared decision
- provide information
- monitor and review
- prescribe safely
- prescribe professionally
- improve prescribing practice
- prescribe as part of a team
- Students will need access to a computer and internet connection as well as a calculator and a current copy of the British National Formulary (BNF). Students will also need a stethoscope.
- All students require an enhanced DBS check (including international checks where appropriate) which is normally funded by their employer.
- Course cost - £1,780. The course is usually financed by the Welsh Government.
- Be registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Evidence of registration date is required on application.
- Be In good standing with the GPhC/PSNI and have no restrictions on practice.
- Have at least 2 years' appropriate patient-orientated experience post registration in a relevant UK practice setting.
- Have an identified area of clinical or therapeutic practice in which to develop independent prescribing practice and have relevant clinical or therapeutic experience in that area which is suitable to act as the foundation of your prescribing practice while training.
- Have secured a suitable Designated Prescribing Practitioner to supervise your learning in practice.
On application, a supplementary form specific to the Prescribing for Pharmacists course will need to be completed and submitted.
The course has been co-produced with stakeholders, service users, carers and students and adhere to the standards of the GPhC. Thus, the course meets the needs of the employer, service users, carers, students and the professional bodies.
An independent/supplementary prescribing qualification will enable professionals to practice at a higher level and should result in an improvement in patient care and facilitate career progression. As independent prescribers, professionals will become autonomous practitioners more able to provide holistic care to service users.
Upon successful completion of the course, annotation onto the register as an independent/supplementary prescriber with the student’s regulatory body is required prior to being able to prescribe.