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The Royal Marsden

CREDPG Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists

Tailored to the requirements of clinically experienced pharmacists, our Independent Prescribing course in partnership with the University of East Anglia will help you to become a competent prescriber.

Start date

26 February 2019


4 months part-time



Course Outline

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Working with a Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP), you will identify the key skills in examination and diagnostics required for you to perform in a prescribing role, and to pursue competency in these areas. Face-to-face taught sessions in the module will cover advanced consultation skills, clinical decision-making, law and ethics, and public health. This means that we can accommodate a diverse range of clinical specialities. 

This course enables you to demonstrate that you have met the required outcomes of an independent prescriber, as set by the GPhC. You will achieve this by attending our study days, completing e-learning, workplace activities, and the learning mutually agreed with the course team and your DMP.

You will benefit from multiple teaching methods to aid your learning, including 90 hours in clinical practice under the supervision of a designated medical practitioner, 11 compulsory study days and one assessment day, spread throughout the course.

The study days are small group, expert-facilitated interactive sessions, responsive to your individual needs.

Prior to each of them, you’ll need to complete a study pack, which will provide you with the required knowledge and direct work-based skill development activities to support the learning outcomes for the study day in question. The study day facilitator will then set you a brief readiness test before you attend, so that they’re able to tailor their interactions with you on the day to ensure you get the most out of it.

As a qualified pharmacist, you may already possess some of the underpinning clinical knowledge and skills required for the course, for example, through the prior completion of a clinical diploma. 

TimetableProgramme overview and FAQ's



Our multidisciplinary teaching team includes practicing clinical and prescribing pharmacists, doctors and nurses.

The course features 90 hours in clinical practice under the supervision of a designated medical practitioner, 11 small group study days and associated pre-study day activities and one assessment day, all of which are compulsory.

Independent study

You will need to complete a study pack and brief readiness test prior to attending each study day. This will allow the day’s facilitator to assess your existing knowledge, and tailor your learning on the day.


You will be assessed entirely by portfolio with the option of either recorded in-practice consultations at your place of work, or a simulated patient consultation.

To complete the course successfully you will also need to demonstrate:

  • Attendance of all study days
  • Completion of e-learning
  • Completion of practice activities and assignments within the workplace
  • Personal development planning and related evidence collection

After the course

On successful completion of the course you’ll be eligible for the annotation of ‘Independent Prescriber’ on the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Register of Pharmacists. Independent prescribing can be undertaken in various clinical settings including tertiary and secondary care, GP practice based and community pharmacy.

Entry Requirements

Degree Subject Pharmacy (MPharm or equivalent)

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date. 

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests.

Special Entry Requirements

  • You will need to provide a copy of your General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) certificate or verification of registered pharmacist status.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of 2 years continuous registration with either the GPhC or the PSNI.
  • You must have a named designated medical practitioner (DMP) willing to supervise your training. 
  • Registered medical practitioners eligible to be a DMP must have at least 3 years medical, treatment and prescribing responsibility for a group of patients/clients in the field of practice that the pharmacist intends to prescribe. The medical practitioner must work in either a GP practice, secondary or tertiary care, have experience or training in teaching and /or supervision in practice and the support of his/her employer to undertake the role of a DMP.
  • You must have arrangements in place to undertake 90 hours of learning in practice supervised by your DMP.
  • DMP commitments and responsibilities are outlined in the Statement of Compliance (this can be found in the application paperwork by clicking through below). 

Further Information

Please note:  Places on this course are strictly limited so early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.  

To request further information, please e-mail Aarti Shah


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