PMMPIP-Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists

Module Provider: Pharmacy
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Applicants must be registered as pharmacists with GPhC or PSNI and meet GPhC entry criteria
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mrs Sue Slade


Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module enable pharmacists to practise and develop as prescribers and to meet the standards set by the General Pharmaceutical Council which will enable them to apply for annotation to the register to practise as independent prescribers.

The aims and learning outcomes for independent prescribers are set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Assessable learning outcomes:
1.understand the responsibility that the role of independent prescriber entails, be aware of their own limitations and work within the limits of their professional competence – knowing when and how to refer / consult / seek guidance from another member of the health care team
2.develop an effective relationship and communication with patients, carers, other prescribers and members of the health care team
3.describe the pathophysiology of the condition being treated and recognise the signs and symptoms of illness, take an accurate history and carry out a relevant clinical assessment where necessary use common diagnostic aids e.g. stethoscope, sphygmomanometer
4.use diagnostic aids relevant to the condition(s) for which the pharmacist intends to prescribe, including monitoring response to therapy
5.apply clinical assessment skills to:
a.inform a working diagnosis
b.formulate a treatment plan
c.the prescribing of one or more medicines if appropriate
d.carry out a checking process to ensure patient safety.
e.monitor response to therapy, review the working/differential diagnosis and modify treatment or refer / consult / seek guidance as appropriate
6.demonstrate a shared approach to decision making by assessing patients’ needs for medicines, taking account of their wishes and values and those of their carers when making prescribing decisions
7.identify and assess sources of information, advice and decision support and demonstrate how they will use them in patient care taking into account evidence based practice and national/local guidelines where they exist.
8.recognise, evaluate and respond to influences on prescribing practice at individual, local and national levels
9.prescribe, safely, appropriately and cost effectively within a prescribing partnership
11.maintain accurate, effective and timely records and ensure that other prescribers and health care staff are appropriately informed
12.demonstrate an understanding of the public health issues related to medicines use
13.demonstrate an understanding of the legal, ethical and professional framework for accountability and responsibility in relation to prescribing within clinical governance frameworks that include audit of prescribing practice and personal development
15.participate regularly in CPD and maintain a record of their CPD activity

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Consultation, decision making and therapy, influences on and psychology of prescribing, clinical pharmacology and influences on psychology of prescribing, evidence based practice and clinical governance, prescribing in a team context, legal, policy and ethical aspects, professional accountability and responsibility and prescribing in public health context.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
As students will come from a wide range of professional experience they will be supported in reflecting on experience and identifying individual learning needs which will be will facilitated by personal tutors and medical supervisors in the practice setting. This will be demonstrated by means of the learning contract and reflective journal. Classroom sessions will include lectures, guided discussions, critical incident analysis and case discussion.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 30 30
Practicals classes and workshops 5 5
Work-based learning 45 45
Guided independent study 220 220
Total hours by term 300.00 300.00
Total hours for module 600.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Numeracy exam 30 minutes

Written exam 2.5 hours

OSCE 1 hour

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
All elements of assessment must be passed; there is no compensation between elements. This is a requirement of the regulatory body.
The classification of the module mark is derived from the reflective essays, case study and therapeutic profile in the portfolio and the long answer questions in the written exam.

Formative assessment methods:
Formative feedback is provided on all aspects of the portfolio, mock exams and the OSCE

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Students must achieve the following to pass this module:


Pass a two station Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE);

Submit a portfolio of practice experience that meets pass criteria;

Pass numeracy test, achieving a pass mark of 100%; and,

Pass final assessment by achieving a mark of at least 80% on short answer questions and MCQs and at least 50% for scenario /long answer questions.

Reassessment arrangements:
Students who are unsuccessful at the first attempt will be given an opportunity to resit that specific element within three months.
For the numeracy exam there is an exceptional third attempt.
Resubmission date of failed portfolio to be agreed by board of examiners.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: A wide variety of text books is available from the library. Students may wish to purchase own copies at varying costs
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding: - for portfolios. On average around 100 pages. Currently library costs for printing are 5p a sheet b/w. A simple ring binder can be purchased from stationers for around £3.
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Students may need to travel to complete their period of learning in practice (12 days) and this could incur additional travel costs if they visit venues away from their workplace.

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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