Pharmacist independent prescribing - conversion

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Pharmacists Independent Prescribing

Conversion Course

In January 2007 the University of Strathclyde received accreditation from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to provide a conversion course for Pharmacists Independent Prescribing.

The course comprises one day of University-based training and a period of learning in practice of a minimum of two days.

University training
The University-based training will include clinical (risk) assessment of patients; legal and ethical aspects of prescribing independently; and professional judgement and responsibility. Prior to the course pharmacists will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence, detailing their prescribing activities/patient orientated practice in their current role. This will be used to demonstrate competence to prescribe and current clinical skills.

Period of learning in practice
The period of learning in practice will commence after the University-based training and will allow the pharmacist the opportunity to develop the appropriate clinical skills required to meet the learning outcomes for independent prescribing. During this period the pharmacist will be supervised by a designated medical prescriber who will be responsible for confirming competence to practise. A second portfolio demonstrating prescribing evidence will be submitted on completion of the period of learning in practice. This period will be a minimum of two days. The two days in practice must be completed within three months of the residential day.

Conversion course entry requirements

All pharmacists must meet the following requirements:

  • be a registered pharmacist with the GPhC or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland. (PSNI) with annotation as a supplementary prescriber
  • be able to provide evidence of prescribing experience which is no longer than 2 years' old
  • provide a statement of support from a medical practitioner that confirms their competence as a supplementary prescriber.
  • demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own CPD
  • demonstrate how they have developed their own networks for support, reflection and learning, including prescribers from other professions

The cost of the conversion course is £600.  Applications for funding should be made through NHS Education for Scotland (NES).  Those wishing to self-fund should contact the course organiser.

A full refund (less a £50 administration charge) will be given if a cancellation request is received more than 7 days before commencement of a course. No refunds for cancellations received within 7 days will be given unless in exceptional circumstances. No refunds will be given after the commencement of a course. Transfer to another course may be considered subject to availability. If you have to withdraw after commencement of a course on medical grounds, a medical certificate must be provided. Upon receipt of this, a transfer or refund will be issued.

Course dates

June application for attendance Tues 8th (half day pm) and Wed 9th (half day pm) September 2015

Applications close 30th June 2015


Course Director:
Derna Campbell
Tel: 0141 548 2450

Course Administrator:

APPLY for attendance in September 2015 for the part-time Pract-cert pharmacist independent prescribing (Admission Code : SIPIP)