The Supplementary Prescribing Course for pharmacists began in 2003 and when legislation changed in 2006 to enable independent pharmacy prescribing, the course was revised and is now known as the Independent and Supplementary Prescribing Course.
This course (Post Graduate Certificate level) is divided into six modules and runs over a ten-month period. It includes 12 days’ in-practice training, the purpose of which is to enable the student to develop and practise clinical examination skills relevant to the condition(s) for which they intend to prescribe. The pharmacist may complete their in-practice training at any point during the ten-month period.
To be eligible for acceptance onto the course, pharmacists must have been practising for at least two years post registration and, in addition, must complete the:
- Eligibility form - To ensure that the most suitable pharmacists apply for and are accepted onto the course.
- Sponsoring organisation agreement - Your employer must sign the agreement guaranteeing their support. Alternatively, if you are a contractor or locum pharmacist you must sign this form yourself.
- Designated Medical Practitioner agreement- When you have identified a suitable mentor both you and the mentor must sign the agreement.
Please note that the course takes place once per year (runs from April to Jan) and that all places on the course which begins in April 2018 have been allocated.
The next course starts in April 2019. Further information is available below (Pharmacist information, DMP/Mentor information, Application forms). Completed applications will be accepted from 1st September 2018 and the closing date for applications is Friday 2nd November 2018. Please sure you check you are available on all live course dates before signing up the course.