Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (PCert)

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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PCert

How long you will study
12 Months

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part-time

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About Independent/Supplementary Prescribing at University of Kent

Location: Medway


This is a well-established and successful independent/supplementary prescribing programme for pharmacists, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, podiatrists, radiographers and dietitians. 

It is a part-time, blended learning programme which leads to you qualifying as an independent prescriber (community and primary care pharmacists, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, podiatrists, paramedics and therapeutic radiographers) or as a supplementary prescriber (diagnostic radiographers and dietitians). You develop the knowledge and skills to practise as prescribers and to meet the standards set by your respective professional/regulatory body. Available as eight or 12 months duration. Also available at Level 6 for nurses/midwives.

Is this programme right for me?

If you are a pharmacist, nurse, midwife, physiotherapist, podiatrist, radiographer or dietitian looking to become a prescriber this is the programme you are looking for.

We also run a 40-credit module as part of the University of Greenwich MSc Advanced Clinical Practice. If you are part of this Greenwich programme and have selected the Prescribing module then you do also need to complete our Prescribing Application form. 

We are no longer recruiting for the Clinically Enhanced Prescribing Programme, pharmacists working in hospital, mental health and community trusts, and CCG pharmacists are eligible for this programme. 

Hospital Pharmacists in the HEE LaSE area are eligible for funding for the Prescribing programme when taken in conjunction with our Clinical Consultation Assessment and Diagnosis short course module.

Entry points and application deadlines

We have two different programme lengths to choose from. You can study over the REGULAR eight months or choose the EXTENDED programme over 12 months. Priority for the regular length programme will be given to those with a clearly defined scope of practice. The extended programme is for all those who may prefer, or who will benefit from, a longer period of study. It is especially suitable for those studying at Level 6 and community pharmacists.

All application forms are to be emailed to pgtpharmadmin@kent.ac.uk 

Please do not post any application forms.

Cohorts for academic year (2021/2022):
  • June 2022(12 month version) - deadline 18 March 2022
Cohorts for academic year (2022/2023):
  • September 2022 (08 month version) 40 Credit MSc students only - deadline 03 June 2022
  • October 2022 (08 month version) - deadline 08 July 2022
  • January 2023 (08 month version) - deadline 21 October 2022

You can find upcoming cohort dates under Course Structure

All dates and deliveries subject to change.

Hospital Pharmacists in HEE LaSE Area

Your applications deadlines are different as you are also applying for our Clinical Consultation Assessment and Diagnosis Module. Please check the application form.

Teaching

The Prescribing Programme is delivered by distance learning with a total of nine in person study days at the University, plus 12 days clinical practice, overseen by a Practice Supervisor (nurses and midwives only)/designated prescribing practitioner (DPP). 

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the legal and professional framework for non-medical prescribing
  • local health service provision and systems
  • national and local frameworks for medicines use
  • national and local budgetary constraints on prescribing
  • models of consultation
  • principles of diagnosis
  • applied advanced physiology
  • pathophysiology, natural history and progression of defined conditions
  • changes to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in certain patient groups
  • principles of monitoring.

Intellectual Skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • reviewing and critically evaluating best available evidence relevant to a specified area of prescribing practice, synthesising information from key sources and databases
  • integrating previous learning with professional skills and expertise to synthesise innovative approaches to implementing extended independent/supplementary prescribing in practice
  • further developing the skills to review and critically analyse your own learning and apply this to enhance your role as a non-medical prescriber
  • making sound judgements about prescribing issues in the absence of complete data and communicating conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • consultation and medical history taking
  • physical examination of patients to aid diagnosis and monitoring
  • interpretation of medical documentation with an understanding of risks and benefits of incomplete data
  • monitoring patient response against objectives set within clinical management plans
  • recording prescribing actions and outcomes and the evidence base behind them contemporaneously in patient records.

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • critical self-reflection and the ability to enhance professional competence on the basis of feedback from self and others
  • communicating with clarity in both the academic and professional setting to a range of audiences and using a variety of approaches
  • effectively managing and presenting complex information using a comprehensive range of learning resources
  • autonomous learning and accessing professional resources including others as appropriate.

This programme aims to:

  • prepare pharmacists to practice as independent/ supplementary prescribers
  • prepare nurses and midwives to practice as independent/ supplementary prescribers
  • develop the knowledge and skills required by an allied health professional to practice as a supplementary prescriber
  • meet the standards set by the respective professional or regulatory body as required within the legislative framework.

Study options for this course

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Notes about fees for this course

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Entry requirements

Contact University of Kent to find course entry requirements.

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