Courses > Non-medical Prescribing
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 know as the Supplementary and Independent Prescribing Course.
The course for pharmacists, divided into 6 modules and run over a 6-month period, consists of 28 days theory (9 workshops and 19 distance learning) and 12 days in-practice and lasts six months. The purpose of the minimum 12-day period of learning in practice 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 six-month period.
To be eligible for acceptance onto the course, pharmacists must have been practising for at least two years 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 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.
For further information about the course and to download application forms click on the links on the right hand navigation.
The current course started in April 2013 and applications have closed for this year. The next course will begin in April 2014 and the finalised dates for this course are now available in the Student Information document. Applications are being accepted from 2nd September 2013 and the closing date for applications is Friday 8th November 2013. Places are allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.