Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (Clinically Enhanced) (PCert)

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About Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (Clinically Enhanced) at University of Kent

Location: Medway

Are you a hospital, mental health or community trust pharmacist? Do you work for a CCG or a GP surgery? This programme has been developed by adapting our regular and well-established prescribing programme and adding a specially designed clinical health and assessment diagnostics module. It is a part-time, blended learning programme which enables pharmacists to qualify as independent prescribers. You develop the knowledge and skills to practise as prescribers with an additional emphasis on clinical skills. On qualification you will meet the RPS Competency Framework for All Prescribers.

Which programme is right for me?

This information is for the CLINICALLY ENHANCED PROGRAMME for hospital, mental health and community trust pharmacists, and for CCG and GP surgery pharmacists. If you are a community pharmacist or a nurse, midwife, physiotherapist, podiatrist, paramedic, radiographer or dietitian please go to our page on the Standard Independent / Supplementary Prescribing Programme. Please note that GP Pharmacists may apply for either programme on a self-funded basis.

Entry points and application deadlines

The Clinically Enhanced Pharmacist Independent Prescribing programme runs over a standard eight months. If you work part-time we can run the programme over an extended period of time. Details can be provided by the administration team.

All application forms are to be emailed to 

Please do not post application forms as we are currently operating a virtual campus.

Remaining entry for this academic year (2019/2020)
  • April 2020 start date - deadline 31 January 2020.
Entry points for next academic year (2020/2021)
  • September 2020 start date - deadline 19 June 2020
  • April 2021 start date - deadline 22 January 2021

The Prescribing Programme is delivered by distance learning with a total of nine study days at the University, 12 days clinical practice (overseen by a designated medical practitioner) and 20 hours of clinical skills practice (overseen by a clinical supervisor). For more information, download our guide on The Role of the Clinical Supervisor (PDF 200KB).

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 supplementary prescribers
  • prepare nurses and midwives to practice as supplementary/independent 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.

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