Pharmacist Independent Prescribing
Pharmacist Independent prescribing aims to provide patients with quicker and more efficient access to medicines and to make the best use of the skills of pharmacists. This forms part of the National Health Service modernisation agenda as recommended in the Crown Report published in 1999 (Review of Prescribing Supply and Administration of Medicines).
Since commencing the first training programme in 2004, more than 120 pharmacists and nurses have successfully achieved Independent Prescriber status. The next course is scheduled to start in autumn 2012. Those qualifying from this course will be able to practice as Independent Prescribers.
This educational and assessment programme will prepare pharmacists for registration as Independent Prescribers with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has developed the programme to prepare pharmacists to practise as Independent Prescribers and to meet the relevant standards set by the GPhC. Furthermore, this seven month programme develops the critical analysis and personal reflection skills of course participants and prepares them for lifelong professional development.
The programme consists of:
• Study days at Cardiff University where topics such as communication, consultation process, decision-making, clinical patient assessment, and clinical governance will be covered.
• The equivalent of 12 days (as a minimum) learning in practice, developing clinical assessment and prescribing skills under the supervision of the Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner (DSMP). This equates to 90 hours based upon the GPhC requirements.
• An extensive amount of study time including self directed, or course/DSMP directed study, assignment writing and completion of a Prescribing Portfolio.
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