University of Hertfordshire Independent Prescribing

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University of Hertfordshire Independent Prescribing

University of Hertfordshire Independent Prescribing

Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing (Pharmacy)

About the course

The course is for all practising pharmacists registered with the GPhC who have a minimum of two years’ patient- orientated experience following their pre-registration year. and have an identified clinical area in which to develop prescribing skills.

Evidence of up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge in this area and continuing professional development is required together with a Doctor willing to support and assess you in supervised practice. Current Disclosure and Barring Services clearance by your employer is also necessary.

Course content

The Non-medical prescribing for pharmacist course provides opportunities to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in prescribing practice through independent reasoned thought, systematic enquiry, reflection and evaluation.

The course covers the following topics Include:

  • Systematic approaches to assessment and diagnosis
  • Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
  • Factors that influence prescribing practice and patients’ use of medication
  • Evidence based sources of information
  • Legal, professional and ethical issues associated with the role


The assessment consists of:

  • Practice Portfolio demonstrating achievement of required practice learning hours and professional competencies
  • Numeracy assessment
  • Examination
  • Prescribing analysis
  • OSCE

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Contact the CPD Health team

Entry requirements…

You are required to have at least two years full-time or equivalent experience in the field of intended prescribing practice and should have a qualified mentor who is a community nurse prescriber to support and assess you in supervised practice. Current CRB clearance is also necessary