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Independent Prescribing (Short Course)

Year of entry: 2020

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

Please apply via our online application form and the Independent Prescribing additional application form (Word, 88KB), which has details of the other documents that are required.

We have also collated the information on this page and the application form into a nomination pack (Word, 132KB) that you can download and share.

The deadline for applications is 10am on 29 July 2020. For your application to be considered, you must submit all of the required supporting documents and have an enhanced DBS disclosure that was issued within three years of the course start date. If you have registered with the update service, you must be able to produce the original disclosure as well.

The course will be accredited under the new General Pharmaceutical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council standards in 2020, which means that there will be a number of changes to the application process and supervision arrangements that will take effect from the October 2020 cohort. This means that we will be unable to accept any application forms earlier than the February 2020 version.

The application process has several elements and it is important to complete them all before the application deadline in order not to miss your preferred cohort.

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 3rd in the UK for Nursing and 5th in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2020).

Open days

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

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

The University of Manchester is offering 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.

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).

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 1798
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/cpd/subjects/pharmacy/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

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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 and Midwifery Council (for nurses, midwives and health visitors).
  • 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.
  • 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 and Midwifery Council so we accept applications from pharmacists, nurses, midwives and health visitors. 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 documents for uploading to the e-portfolio
  • navigate e-learning programs
  • participate in online conferencing (webinars).

Please see section 3 of the Independent Prescribing additional application form  (Word, 88KB) 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, 132KB).

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form and the Independent Prescribing additional application form (Word, 88KB), which has details of the other documents that are required.

We have also collated the information on this page and the application form into a nomination pack (Word, 132KB) that you can download and share.

The deadline for applications is 10am on 29 July 2020. For your application to be considered, you must submit all of the required supporting documents and have an enhanced DBS disclosure that was issued within three years of the course start date. If you have registered with the update service, you must be able to produce the original disclosure as well.

The course will be accredited under the new General Pharmaceutical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council standards in 2020, which means that there will be a number of changes to the application process and supervision arrangements that will take effect from the October 2020 cohort. This means that we will be unable to accept any application forms earlier than the February 2020 version.

The application process has several elements and it is important to complete them all before the application deadline in order not to miss your preferred cohort.

Advice to applicants

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

Please see our guidance for completing the independent prescribing application form, Appendix C of the nomination pack  (Word, 132KB), which is particularly important if you are self-funding the course or applying as an independent practitioner.

Your choice of referee is important because they must confirm your ability to study at master's level and your aptitude to practise as a prescriber. You should have worked/studied with your referees within the last two years and they must be healthcare professionals with an understanding of the prescribing process or academic staff on programmes at higher level.

Interview requirements

All applicants who have submitted complete applications and who meet all of the eligibility criteria will be offered a telephone interview.

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

fOur Independent Prescribing short course will enable healthcare professionals to take on the role of an independent prescriber in their area of practice.

Pharmacists, nurses, midwives and health visitors are taught together to facilitate multidisciplinary learning and working. A large proportion of the learning will be delivered 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.

The course includes eight days of compulsory university-attended sessions (nine for nurses/midwives) and 18 days' self-directed learning, which will be delivered through e-learning and self-directed study.

In addition, you must undertake 90 hours of learning in practice with your Designated Prescribing Practitioner or Practice Assessor/Practice Supervisor.

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 and Midwifery Council website .

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 teaching and assessment days 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 use your current experiences of practice and encourage the development and application of new knowledge and skills to practice.

We aim to:

  • enable you to successfully meet the standards set out by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), allowing you to apply for registration to practice as an independent prescriber;
  • produce competent non-medical prescribers who can provide safe, effective and evidence-based prescribing to address the needs of patients in practice;
  • enable pharmacists, nurses, midwives and health visitors to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes required for safe and effective prescribing practice;
  • help you develop a systematic, evidence-based and reflective approach to independent 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 in unscheduled care settings can take Independent Prescribing as a standalone short course or combine it with the Advanced Clinical Skills short course  to gain a PGCert award .

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 divided into two units, which will be delivered online as weekly content designed to complement the university-based study sessions.

The online material can be studied in your own time, and will involve directed reading, online discussion and learning activities. As such, you need to be self-motivated to learn in your own time. You must also have a fairly good level of IT skills, as the learning requires you to navigate Blackboard and an electronic portfolio.

The university-based study days are designed to enhance student learning by providing the opportunity to take a hands-on approach to learning including group activities, teaching OSCEs, and practical skill sessions.

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, students are required to complete a reflective practice portfolio to document and reflect on their learning.

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 2020 cohort teaching dates - TBC

The usual format is four study blocks of two taught days (usually Tuesday/Wednesday) at monthly intervals from mid-October until the end of January. We have a two-week break over Christmas and New Year. A third teaching day, which is mandatory for NMC registrants, is added to the first study block.

March 2021 cohort teaching dates - TBC

The usual format is four study blocks of two taught days (usually Tuesday/Wednesday) at monthly intervals from late March until the end of July. We have a one-week break over Easter. A third teaching day, which is mandatory for NMC registrants, is added to the first study block.

Coursework and assessment

We use the following assessment methods:

  • two-hour online exam, i.e. multiple choice questions (MCQ), short answer questions (SAQs) and calculations
  • three-station Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
  • case study presentation
  • reflective practice 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
Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis and Prescribing Practice PHAR60010 15 Mandatory
Professional, ethical and legal prescribing, and prescribing in a wider context PHAR60011 15 Mandatory

Disability support

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

Careers

Career opportunities

After completing this course, you are eligible to register as an independent prescriber with either the NMC (if you are a nurse, midwife or health visitor) or the GPhC (if you are a pharmacist). This course is the same as a V300 course.