You will need to:
- hold a degree from a UK university or equivalent, or, if you are a registered non-graduate practitioner, be able to demonstrate equivalent academic ability and professional experience.
- be registered with an appropriate regulatory body and satisfy the professional regulatory requirements to enter onto a prescribing programme. For pharmacists, the GPhC or, in Northern Ireland, with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
- have a current and valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (England and Wales), Access NI (Northern Ireland), or Disclosure (Scotland) check and provide a signed declaration from the Trust as evidence.
- identify an area of clinical or therapeutic practice in which to develop independent prescribing practice.
- have a supporting organisation which is able to provide governance, learning opportunities and continued service provision.
- have as a minimum the appropriate length of post registration patient-orientated in a relevant UK practice setting. This is currently one year for the NMC, two years for the GPhC, and three years for the HCPC.
- identify a designated prescribing practitioner who has agreed to supervise their learning in practice. For nurses, a practice assessor and a practice supervisor.
How to apply
You will need to complete an application form. If you are interested in applying, please contact us for more details.
You should be a nurse or midwife1 registered with the NMC, a pharmacist registered with the GPhC, or an allied health professional registered with the HCPC.
Places are limited and in high demand. You should apply for this qualification at least four weeks before the final registration date; we'd recommend you have your application completed by the date listed below.
||Submit application by
||10 December 2021
(Final registration 13 January 2022)*
*This is the final registration date for the course start listed. You may apply any time until the final registration date, however, we'd recommend you apply by the suggested application date above to allow sufficient time for your application to be processed.
How long study takes
The minimum time to complete this qualification is seven months and must be completed within 13 months to meet the requirements of the regulatory bodies.
The expected total study time is 600 hours, which will include:
- four separate days of face-to-face activities (due to the ongoing pandemic, we may replace face-to-face events with an online alternative)
- four days equivalent of synchronous online forum-based activities (15 x 2 hour sessions)
- 18 days online study activities
- 90 hours of supervised, in-practice learning
- 315 hours of self-directed learning
Prior learning, experience and clinical exposure will help with the self-directed learning portion, so you may find that you require fewer self-directed hours than that specified here. This is perfectly admissible but a pass in all summative assessments must be achieved in order to be awarded a pass in the overall module/qualification.
1We are currently awaiting confirmation regarding whether this qualification will made be available to midwives. This page will be updated once confirmation has been received.