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What makes Pharmacist Independent Prescribing PG Cert at Worcester special?

The Post Graduate Certificate in Pharmacist Independent Prescribing is for registered pharmacists with a least 2 years’ appropriate patient-orientated experience post registration in a relevant UK practice setting.

This clinically enhanced course is underpinned by four domains of study: person-centred care, professionalism, professional knowledge and skills and collaboration (GPhC 2019). You will develop as a clinical pharmacist who is educated to fulfil advanced roles in person-centred care and be encouraged to strive for clinically autonomous roles as a prescriber. Early exposure to patients in the work-based learning environment will offer you the opportunity to contextualise your theoretical knowledge of pharmacology and then apply it to actual prescribing practice.

The University of Worcester course offers you a clinically enhanced inter-professional educational opportunity, learning collaboratively with members of the multidisciplinary team including nurses, midwives, paramedics, physiotherapists, therapeutic radiographers and podiatrists through combined teaching in the Health Assessment and Independent Prescribing Modules.

On completion of this course, you will have developed skills in health and social needs assessment and history taking, production of differential and working diagnosis, prescribing and the reviewing of patient response and optimisation of therapy within your scope of practice. 

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Delivered by specialist lecturers, practitioners and tutors with extensive experience in prescribing in the acute and community sectors
  • Taught using a mix of lectures, flipped classroom, web based learning, online discussion forums, seminars, workshops, problem-based learning, observed and supervised learning, practical sessions and independent self-study
  • Learning in practice to develop your clinical, diagnostic and prescribing skills under the supervision of other healthcare professionals to include your designated prescribing practitioner (GPhC 2019)
  • Opportunities to utilise specialist resources such as the clinical skills laboratory for simulated practice
  • Can be taken as a stand-alone Post-Graduate Certificate in Pharmacist Independent Prescribing or within the Masters In Advanced Clinical Practice or the Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship (subject to approval)
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome for the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacist Independent Prescribing from registered pharmacists with a least 2 years’ appropriate patient-orientated experience post registration in a relevant UK practice setting. 

Applicants must secure the support of a designated prescribing practitioner to supervise their learning in the work-place setting.

Before applying, it is important to view the Regulatory Requirements for Entry to a Pharmacist Independent Prescribing Programme

Along with the Standards for the Education and Training of Pharmacist Independent Prescribers 

Other information

When the applications have been considered, interviews will be arranged either by telephone or in person dependent on the information submitted.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Admissions Tutor Matthew Harris whose e-mail address is matthew.harris@worc.ac.uk 

 

Course content

What will you study?

The Post Graduate Certificate in Pharmacist Independent Prescribing course, delivered at level 7, comprises two 30 credit mandatory modules.

Pharmacists must pass both modules in order to complete the programme and to be eligible to annotate the register as a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber.

The learning outcomes will be presented under four domains:

  • person-centred care
  • professionalism
  • professional knowledge and skills,
  • collaboration

The domains and learning outcomes are all equally important. Students must undertake a minimum of 26 days of structured learning activities including in-class work, directed study, self-directed study and distance learning activities.

All prescribing courses share some teaching sessions to stimulate a multidisciplinary learning arena.  This will include nurses, allied health professionals and pharmacists.

Learning in practice time is when students practise and develop their clinical, diagnostic and prescribing skills under the supervision of other healthcare professionals. This includes their designated prescribing practitioner (who is responsible for signing off a pharmacist independent prescriber in training as being a competent prescriber). The programme includes 144 hours learning in practice.

Mandatory modules

  • Health and Social Needs Assessment for Pharmacists (MACP4014) (M)
  • Principles and Practice of Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists (MACP4015) (M)
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. 

If there are insufficient numbers of students, the course may not be offered, but we will advise you at least 4 weeks before the start of the course and help you choose an alternative. 

Teaching

You will be taught using a variety of structured learning activities including in-class work, directed study, self-directed study and distance learning activities. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures. 

All prescribing courses share some teaching sessions to stimulate a multidisciplinary learning arena. This will include nurses, allied health professionals and pharmacists. In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled throughout the course.

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.

Contact time

Students taking the Post Graduate Certificate in Pharmacist Independent Prescribing as a Stand-alone Course will take both mandatory modules in parallel across semesters 1 and 2 in order to complete within one academic year.

Alternatively, students can take these modules as part of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice following the same route as their peers from other professional groups with MACP4014 across semester 1 and 2 in year 1 and MACP4015 across semester 3 and 4 in year 2.

The course requirements are at least:

  • 26 days of structured learning activities
  • 144 hours learning in practice

Part-time students can expect to have 6 hours contact time each week. For example:

  • MACP4014 (30 credits) is 12 x 6 hours structured learning activities spread over semester 1 and 2
  • MACP4015 (30 credits) is 14 x 6 hours structured learning activities spread over semester 1 and 2

6-hour day might include:

  • 1-hour lecture
  • 2-hour Problem Based Learning launch
  • 3-hour workshop

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake approximately 6-10 hours per week of independent study, if taking the Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacist Independent Prescribing as a part-time stand-alone course (12 weeks in each semester). 

Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for assessments.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 

Duration

Students can take the Post Graduate Certificate in Pharmacist Independent Prescribing as a Stand-alone Course. They will take both mandatory modules in parallel across semesters 1 and 2, in order to complete within one academic year (maximum 2 years).

Alternatively, students may choose to take these two modules as part of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice, part-time, following the same route as their peers from other professional groups; with MACP4014 across semester 1 and 2 in year 1 and MACP4015 across semester 3 and 4 in year 2.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and (as at November 2019) 88 per cent of Post-qualifying course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. 

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as reflective logs, reports, portfolios, presentations and an E-Portfolio.

A typical formal summative assessment pattern is:

MACP4014

30-minute Objective Structured Clinical Examination 

E-Portfolio, including competency document and 3000-word reflective log that focuses on two of the four domains of study specified by the GPhC (2019): patient-centred care and professional knowledge and skills.

MACP4015

15-minute presentation and written report

E-Portfolio, including competency document and 1500-word reflective log that focuses on two of the four domains of study specified by the GPhC (2019): professionalism and collaboration.

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on OSCE performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate. 

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.  

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Careers

Where could it take you?

The provision offered through this course is developed in partnership with the PSRB and employers/Practice Partners, Patients and the Public and as such is closely mapped to both the needs of the student, the patients, the profession and the needs of the employer. Student may only prescribe once their prescribing qualification has been annotated on the appropriate PSRB (GPhC) register and they may only prescribe from the formulary they are qualified, to prescribe from and within their competence and scope of practice. To that end, students will leave with specific, focused skills desirable to both local employers, but also in the wider health and social care community.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Course fees

For full details of all tuition fees, please visit our course fees page.

Postgraduate loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £11,222 per eligible student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For more details visit our postgraduate loans page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Preparing to Prescribe

Assistance for students preparing to prescribe can be found on the online toolkit pages.

This tool will assist applicants to navigate the professional and legal requirements of prescribing and will provide support with your application.

How to apply

How do you apply?

To apply for the Postgraduate Certificate Pharmacist Independent Prescribing course please email wblso@worc.ac.uk for an applicant pack.

The applicant pack will contain full information of the application process and documents you are required to provide, these include:

  • A completed UW Application Form
  • A Regional Prescribing Application Form
  • Declaration of Good Character Form
  • Insurance details

Who to contact in the case of queries

Admissions tutor Matthew Harris matthew.harris@worc.ac.uk 

Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or e-mail admissions@worc.ac.uk

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