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RGU CP Independent Prescribing Course

Thursday, January 3, 2019


In accordance with the commitments made in the Scottish Government’s strategy ‘Achieving Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care’ NES Pharmacy and Community Pharmacy Scotland are delighted to announce a second bespoke fully funded Independent Prescribing Course for Community Pharmacists in NHS Scotland. The intention of this education provision is to increase access to community pharmacy as the first port of call for managing self-limiting illnesses in-hours and out-of-hours utilising independent prescribing skills.

With this new Scottish Government funding in addition to costs for the IP course and NES Clinical Assessment Skills courses, funding will also be available for locum fees for the 5 days at the University, 4 days for clinical assessment skills training and completion of the 90 hours experiential training as a part of the IP course.
This course, for 25 community pharmacists, will commence on 16 th September 2019 at the Robert Gordon University, with face to face training at the University between 20 th and 24th January 2020. The deadline for applications is 29th March 2019. Following initial assessment of applications candidates will undergo a short 15 minute telephone interview with representatives of NES and CPS to approve funding. These telephone interviews will be held in May and time slots will be communicated in April 2019

As a part of this bespoke course, specifically targeted at utilising prescribing within a Community Pharmacy setting, pharmacists will be required to fulfil certain conditions to support future use of the qualification including completion of 2 days clinical assessment skills training at a School of Medicine / Nursing and the recording of one patient consultation for peer review by NES Pharmacy. On qualification as an IP, pharmacists will also be expected to complete the NES Common Clinical Conditions course.

Details relating to academic requirements for attending the IP course can be found on the University website

To apply for funding please fill in the online application

Prior to applying for the course, you must seek formal approval from your line manager and employer in relation to:

  • Prescribing being an agreed development need for you
  • Agreement on the services you plan to deliver as a pharmacist prescriber within community pharmacy i.e. extension of MAS
  • Release from the community pharmacy for all course dates and requirements including experiential training and clinical assessment skills training.

You also must identify a General Practitioner to act as your Designated Medical Practitioner who will support your training and resultant implementation of prescribing into clinical practice. Further information on the role of the DMP is detailed in the DMP Handbook.

Following receipt of your application and after the closing date of the course, Community Pharmacy Scotland will be in contact your employer to ensure that the terms and conditions for the funding are understood by both parties and to approve applications. NES will communicate with all successful applicants by mid June 2019 and subsequent to this the Robert Gordon University will communicate all successful applicants to register for the IP course.

Please contact Matt Barclay for further information or any queries