Courses: Advanced Practice

As patients with stable chronic conditions are increasingly being managed in the community sector, the majority of patients now treated in the hospital sector are acutely and severely ill. Advanced pharmacist practitioners who can manage and prescribe medicines safely and effectively, have a clear role to play in the treatment and care provided to these complex patients, particularly in the current challenging economic environment.

NICPLD has collaborated with colleagues in the School of Pharmacy at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) to develop a MSc in Advanced Pharmacy Practice (with Independent Prescribing). This programme has been designed for hospital pharmacists in Northern Ireland who wish to develop their practice to an advanced level, and is a natural progression from the Foundation Programme.

The course content is based on the competencies specified in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Advanced Pharmacy Framework (APF). The aims of the QUB MSc in Advanced Pharmacy Practice (with Independent Prescribing) are to facilitate pharmacists to deliver "Excellent" practice as an Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner, and to enable graduates to register as Independent Prescribers with the Pharmaceutical Society of NI or the GPhC.

The QUB MSc in Advanced Pharmacy Practice (with Independent Prescribing) course is a master’s level award that encompasses the four pillars of clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research, with demonstration of core capabilities and area specific clinical competence. For further information about the course, including how to apply, click here.

NICPLD provides the following, as part of the QUB MSc in Advanced Pharmacy Practice (with Independent Prescribing) course:

Both of these are also available as a standalone course/module to pharmacists not doing the QUB MSc in Advanced Pharmacy Practice (with Independent Prescribing) course.