Independent/Supplementary Prescribing PG Cert

Legislation datingfrom 1998, along with secondary legislation and subsequent amendments, hasenabled a wide range of health professionals to qualify as non-medicalprescribers. There is now a huge demand for non-medical prescribers and theMedway School of Pharmacy programme was selected by Health Education KentSurrey Sussex (HEKSS) as a contract provider of this qualification.

The programme covers, over a period of eight tonine contact days, communication and diagnostic skills, the legal, policy,professional and ethical aspects of prescribing, pharmacology, and patientassessment and monitoring. The programme,approved by the appropriate professional/regulatory bodies, provides a distancelearning option for qualification as a non-medical prescribing. You can take the programme as a standalonepostgraduate certificate in Independent/Supplementary Prescribing, or as onepathway into the Medicines Management programme by studying prescribing aseither the first or second year of the Medicines Management postgraduatediploma (please see the Medicines Management programme leaflet and the pathwaydiagram leaflet both available from the school).

On successfulcompletion, the school will notify the appropriate professional/regulatory bodythat you have qualified as an independent/supplementary prescriber. We alsooffer study days and short courses to help new prescribers fulfil their CPDrequirements.Nurses have the option to undertake a shortcourse in prescribing (45 credits at level 6).

The aims of the programme are: 

  • To prepare pharmacists, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and podiatrists to practise as independent / supplementary prescribers
  • To prepare radiographers to practise as supplementary prescribers
  • To meet the standards set by the respective professional or regulatory body as required within the legislative framework.

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Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

Registration with theappropriate professional/regulatory body (NMC, GPhC, PSNI or HCPC)

Appropriate experience in thearea of practice in which they will be prescribing

PLUS theability to study at academic level 6 or level 7

PLUS atleast 2 years post-registration clinical experience (pharmacists)

PLUS atleast 3 years post-registration clinical experience (nurses and Allied HealthProfessionals)

PLUS appropriatenumeracy skills

PLUS supportfrom the sponsoring organisation confirming service need and access toappropriate supervised practice, and a prescribing budget to meet the costs ofprescriptions on completion of training

PLUS anamed designated medical practitioner who will facilitate, supervise andsupport the student during their clinical placement.

  • AHP and nurseapplicants must have a Disclosure and Barring Service check no more than threeyears old.

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