Overview If you're an experienced practicing pharmacist and want to further your career in a specialist area, joining our PgCert Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists course is the perfect way to fulfil your ambitions. On this course you'll develop your clinical examination and consultation skills, and build on your understanding of pharmacology and therapeutics, to inform evidence-based management decisions alongside patients within your chosen scope of practice. When you graduate, you'll be qualified for a career as an independent prescriber within a clinical setting. What you'll experience On this course, you'll:
- Learn from experts in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Health Sciences and Social Work
- Get hands-on experience in clinical examination and history taking
- Study topics including pharmacology and therapeutics for prescribers, clinical skills for prescribers, and professional aspects of prescribing
- Improve your counselling and consultation skills in our practice dispensary facilities, where you'll consult with patient actors
- Build on your clinical simulation expertise in our clinical skills suite, featuring both CAE and Laerdal human patient simulators
- Be supported by experienced clinical pharmacists as you develop your competencies portfolio
- 6, 7, 13 and 20 October 2021
- 3 and 17 November 2021
- 1, 15 and 22 December 2021
- 5 and 19 January 2022
- 2 and 16 February 2022
- 2, 16 and 30 March 2022
Core modules in this year include: Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists – 60 credits There are no optional modules in this year. We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
This course provides an excellent blended learning opportunity with delivery through interactive live and online learning, seminars and workshops. In addition, there is a 90 hour period of learning in practice, which is supervised by a Designated Medical Practitioner. You will be assessed in ways that align with the practical nature of the course: Essays Presentations Applied Health Assessments (observation in practice) Observed Structured Clinical Examinations Portfolio of competencies and reflective accounts
A second-class honours degree in Pharmacy (BSc, BPharm or MPharm), registration as a practising pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council and two year's UK-based patient-facing experience post-registration. Applicants require the written agreement of a Designated Medical Practitioner to mentor them throughout the course and the support of their employing organisation where applicable. All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview.
English language requirements
|English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 7.0.
|Cambridge English Advanced
|Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 185 with no component score less than 185.
|Cambridge English Proficiency
|Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 185 with no component score less than 185.
|An overall score of 68 with a minimum of 68 in each skill.
Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland