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Independent Prescribing (Short Course)

Year of entry: 2021

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Overview

Degree awarded
PG Credit
Duration
4 months
Entry requirements

We require a relevant Lower Second honours degree or above. See the Professional entry qualification section for further professional requirements.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
40 places
How to apply

You must submit your Independent Prescribing additional application form (Word, 129KB) and the other documents detailed in it when you complete the online application form .

We also encourage you to make use of the nomination pack (Word, 777KB), which contains the information on this webpage, guidance on completing the Independent prescribing additional application form, FAQs and information about the roles and responsibilities of the Designated prescribing practitioner (DPP) or Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor.

The deadline for applications is 10am on 27 July 2021.

Your application will only be considered if you submit a complete application before the deadline, including details of an enhanced DBS disclosure issued within three years of the course start date, ie, no earlier than 5 October 2018. If you have registered with the update service, you must be able to produce the original disclosure as well. 

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
Modular N Y N N

Course overview

  • Take on the role of an independent prescriber in your area of healthcare practice through this course.
  • Learn from clinicians from a range of backgrounds, including medicine, pharmacy and nursing.
  • Discover how to apply core prescribing skills including history taking, physical examination skills and clinical reasoning.
  • Have the flexibility to undertake learning at a time that suits you due to the low number of contact days.
  • Study at a university ranked 2nd in the UK for Nursing and 5th in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2021).

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

Fees

Fees for entry in 2021 have not yet been set. For reference, the fees for the academic year beginning September 2020 were as follows:

  • Modular (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £1,750 per 30 credit unit

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

The University of Manchester is offered Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF)-funded places to pharmacists who hold one of the HEE-funded pathways:

  • Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice (phase 2)
  • Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes
  • Primary Care Pharmacy Education Pathway
  • Clinical Pharmacists in Integrated Urgent Care

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
(+44) 0161 543 4699
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/cpd/subjects/pharmacy/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a relevant Lower Second honours degree or above. See the Professional entry qualification section for further professional requirements.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from countries that are not majority English-speaking countries (a list of majority English-speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

  • IELTS 7.0 overall with 7.0 in reading and writing specifically
  • TOEFL minimum of 100 (Internet-based test)

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Professional entry qualification

Pharmacists must have the following in addition to meeting our academic entry requirements:

  • Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council or Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.
  • At least two years' post-registration patient-focused experience in a UK hospital, community or a primary care setting.
  • An identified area of clinical practice in which to develop your prescribing skills and one year's post-registration clinical experience in this area.
  • Up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to your intended area of prescribing.
  • An agreement with an experienced independent prescriber to act as your Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) during the 90 hours of learning in practice.

NMC registrants must have the following in addition to meeting our academic entry requirements:

  • First level registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (for nurses and midwives).
  • At least one years' post-registration patient-focused experience.
  • An identified area of clinical practice in which to develop your prescribing skills and one year's post-registration clinical experience in this area.
  • Agreements with two experienced independent prescribers to act as your Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor during the 90 hours of learning in practice; these two roles should not be undertaken by the same person.
  • You must be capable of safe and effective practice in clinical/health assessment, diagnostics/care management, planning and evaluation of care in your identified area of prescribing practice.

This course is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Nursing & Midwifery Council, so we accept applications from pharmacists, nurses and midwives. We cannot accept applications from practitioners registered with other regulatory bodies.

Other entry requirements

You must have access to a computer with fast and reliable internet connection. There is a minimum level of computer skills required, including the ability to:

  • navigate the Blackboard virtual learning environment to locate teaching and learning materials and to access and submit assessments (with initial basic training)
  • communicate by email
  • work efficiently with Microsoft Word or similar word processing software
  • use the internet to search websites
  • scan and upload documents
  • navigate e-learning programs
  • participate in online conferencing (webinars).

Please see section 3 of the Independent Prescribing additional application form (Word, 129KB) for details of the eligibility criteria for your:

  • Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) - pharmacist applicants
  • Practice Assessor (PA) and Practice Supervisor (PS) - NMC registrant applicants

Please note that DPPs/PAs/PSs must not receive any payment for supervising your practice.

Further information regarding your mentorship arrangement can be found in Appendix A/B of the nomination pack (Word, 777KB).

Application and selection

How to apply

You must submit your Independent Prescribing additional application form (Word, 129KB) and the other documents detailed in it when you complete the online application form .

We also encourage you to make use of the nomination pack (Word, 777KB), which contains the information on this webpage, guidance on completing the Independent prescribing additional application form, FAQs and information about the roles and responsibilities of the Designated prescribing practitioner (DPP) or Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor.

The deadline for applications is 10am on 27 July 2021.

Your application will only be considered if you submit a complete application before the deadline, including details of an enhanced DBS disclosure issued within three years of the course start date, ie, no earlier than 5 October 2018. If you have registered with the update service, you must be able to produce the original disclosure as well. 

Advice to applicants

To apply for a course, you must complete and submit:

The additional application form must be completed in full by:

  1. you
  2. your line manager
  3. your Designated Prescribing Practitioner or your Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor
  4. your Non-Medical Prescribing Lead (or equivalent prescribing governance lead).

Please see our guidance for completing the independent prescribing application form in Appendix C of the nomination pack (Word, 777KB).

This is particularly important if you are self-funding the course or applying as an independent practitioner.

It also addresses your choice of referee, which is important, because they must confirm your ability to study at master's level and your aptitude to practise as a prescriber.

Interview requirements

All applicants who have submitted complete applications and who meet all of the eligibility criteria will be offered an interview, which will be via an online meeting.

Places are allocated on the basis of a successful interview.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Our Independent Prescribing course will enable pharmacists and NMC registrants to take on the role of an independent prescriber in their area of practice.

Pharmacists, nurses and midwives are taught together to facilitate multidisciplinary learning and working. This cohort will be delivered and assessed online, providing a flexible approach to learning by allowing students the benefit of studying this in their own time.

This 30-credit course is available for study at level 7 (master's level). The course runs over four months and usually has two intakes each year (October and March).

The course includes five mandatory webinars alongside 26 days, directed learning, which will be delivered through Blackboard.

In addition, you must undertake 90 hours of learning in practice with your Designated Prescribing Practitioner or Practice Assessor/Practice Supervisor. Please see Appendix A/B of the nomination pack (Word, 147KB) for details of roles and responsibilities.

Please note that successful completion of an accredited course is not a guarantee of annotation or of future employment as an independent prescriber.

You can view accreditation reports on the General Pharmaceutical Council website and the Nursing & Midwifery Council website , although in this accreditation year, these may not be the current versions.

Please check online for course dates, which are usually published four months before the start of a course, i.e. June for the October cohort and November for the March cohort.

If there are no dates for your preferred cohort, please contact us to enquire. Attendance at all workshops and assessments is mandatory, so you must confirm that you are able to attend them all before you apply.

Please check online for details of fees, which may be subject to change and apply only to the dates given.

Aims

The course aims to build on your experiences and encourage the development and application of new knowledge and skills in practice.

We aim to:

  • enable you to successfully meet the standards set out by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), allowing you to apply for registration to practise as an independent prescriber;
  • produce competent prescribers who can provide safe, effective and evidence-based prescribing to address the needs of patients in practice;
  • enable pharmacists, nurses and midwives to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes required for safe and effective prescribing practice;
  • help you to develop a systematic, evidence-based and reflective approach to prescribing practice;
  • identify your own learning needs, develop as a critically reflective practitioner and advance your own learning to sustain continuing professional development, and work at the forefront of your profession.

Special features

Pharmacists can undertake the Independent Prescribing course as part of the PGDip/MSc Clinical Pharmacy .

NMC registrants may be able to use Independent Prescribing credits towards a larger award such as the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice .

Additional course information

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

You can find the answers to FAQs in Appendix D of our nomination pack  (Word, 132KB).

Teaching and learning

A range of teaching methods are used to develop the knowledge and understanding, practical skills, intellectual skills and personal qualities required to become a competent prescriber.

Learning is delivered online as weekly content designed to complement the online workshops.

The online material can be studied in your own time, and will involve directed reading, online discussion and directed activities during supervised practice. As such, you must be self-motivated to learn in your own, and time have a good level of IT skills to navigate Blackboard and the electronic portfolio.

A minimum of 90 hours' learning in practice under the supervision of a Designated Prescribing Practitioner or Practice Assessor/Practice Supervisor must be carried out during the four-month course. During this time, you will complete a reflective practice portfolio to document and reflect on your learning, and to evidence your development of the prescribing competencies.

Please note that this is an accelerated course that covers a large amount of learning in a very short space of time. You will need to engage fully with the course because you will need to complete 26 days of learning and 12 days of supervised practice in this timescale. On average, that's 14 hours of study and one full day of learning in practice each week of the course.

October 2021 cohort delivery

There will be a total of five mandatory online workshops:

  • 14 September 2021, 6-8pm
  • 5 October 2021, 9am-12.30pm
  • 2 November 2021, 9am-12.30pm
  • 30 November 2021, 9am-12.30pm
  • 4 January 2022, 9am-12.30pm

The nature of some assessments means that we schedule them during the course and you will have the opportunity to select a convenient slot from a range of options as follows:

  • Mock OSCE - during wc 6 December 2021
  • Final OSCE - during wc 24 January 2022
  • Case presentation - during wc 31 January 2022

The deadline for submission of the reflective practice portfolio will be 8 February 2022.

March 2022 cohort delivery

The course will start around the end of March and we will confirm delivery and assessment details around the end of October, The deadline for applications will be 1 December. 

Coursework and assessment

During the pandemic and in response to the requirements of social distancing, we have a revised assessment schedule:

  • two-station OSCE by webinar
  • case presentation by webinar
  • reflective practice portfolio
  • short answer questions on a range of pharmacology and governance topics submitted with the portfolio.

Course unit details

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Independent Prescribing PHAR61001 30 Mandatory
Independent Prescribing PHAR61002 30 Mandatory

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

Careers

Career opportunities

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to request annotation as an independent prescriber with the GPhC or the NMC. This course is the same as a V300 course.