Pharmacist Independent Prescribing
Teaching covers the learning outcomes required by the General Pharmaceutical Council. The subject matter is delivered at Master’s Level (SCQF Level 11) and covers therapeutics, pharmaceutical care planning, clinical skills, consultation skills and public health. More information on the GPhC learning outcomes can be found here.
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The module comprises three elements: online learning, a period of teaching and training on-campus and a period of learning in practice.
The module is delivered almost entirely by distance-learning using a range of web-based learning materials. There is a mandatory one week on-campus period at the university when you will study elements of the module which are more effectively taught and assessed face-to-face such as communication and history-taking, consultation skills and the development and synthesis of treatment plans for individual patients. During the residential week there are also highly relevant presentations from a number of external experts.
The residential week for the January intake is at the start of May; the September intake has its residential week in January.
Detailed module information
Presentation of module materials is based on the principles of adult learning theory which stress the importance of involving the learner at all stages of the learning process. This is fully compatible with the philosophy of continuing professional development (CPD), encouraging you to:
- reflect and define your own learning needs
- plan to meet these needs
- implement this learning plan
- evaluate the outcomes of your learning
The January intake is a stand-alone Pharmacist Independent Prescribing module open to all. The September intake is available via two routes:
- Scottish Pharmacists funded by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) may study the stand-alone course.
- The module is also available to Pharmacists on the Clinical Pharmacy Practice and Advanced Pharmacy Practice as an elective module in the Diploma stage.
- Lectures - up to 84 students per group, 15 hours in residential week
- Seminars - up to 84 students per group, 8 hours in residential week
- Tutorial - up to 28 students per group, 8 hours in residential week
- Practical class or workshop - up to 28 students per group, 6 hours in residential week
- Independent Study - varies but approximately 180 hours over duration of module
- Placement / Work Based Learning - minimum of 90 hours learning in practice, throughout the module
There are a number of assignments and preparatory tasks that must be completed prior to and after the residential week. You must also complete at least 90 hours learning in practice. Workloads and other commitments will vary making it impossible to specify the actual number of hours per week.
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 2 written assignments, including essays
- 1 portfolio
- 1 set exercise
- 1 practical skills assessment
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
Staff Delivering on This Course
Staff delivering this module are practiced pharmacist academics and practitioners with active links to national and international pharmacy bodies including the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Faculty, the General Pharmaceutical Council, the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association and the Chamber of Pharmacists of Austria and Germany External experts also contribute to the one week residential period where we cover aspects of the module which are better delivered face-to-face.
The Module Coordinator is your central point for information and support. You will be supported by university staff including e-tutors and some practising clinical pharmacy practitioners, who review learning materials, provide real-life case scenarios and participate in the marking of some practice related assessments. E-tutors facilitate discussion and learning within the module and bring a unique practice-related perspective to learning.
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
Study Skills Support
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
You’ll undertake a minimum period of 90-hours learning in practice, during which you will be supervised by a Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP); note that you must identify this person yourself. You will focus on the therapeutic area(s)/patient group(s) you hope to prescribe for and a training plan for this period will be agreed between you and your DMP. You’ll submit a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate achievement of the relevant learning outcomes.
As a Pharmacist Prescriber you can make a great contribution to healthcare provision in primary and secondary care, in community pharmacy, and in other settings throughout the UK. The role is professionally challenging and very rewarding. You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, involved in prescribing decisions and governance and optimising outcomes by the provision of person-centred pharmaceutical care.
English Language Requirements
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.
For Academic Year 2018/2019
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
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- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and living costs
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
Pharmacists working in Scotland may be eligible for funding from NHS Education for Scotland (Pharmacy).
Information about how NES (Pharmacy) supports the education and training of Pharmacist Prescribers.
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
On completion of the module, as a Pharmacist you will be eligible to apply to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for annotation as a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber.
Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the team and we'll do our best to help.
Pharmacists wishing to apply to NHS Education for Scotland (NES) for funding for this module must apply first to NES
Pharmacists wishing to apply, but not for NES funding can request an application pack via email.