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A “bespoke, fully funded independent prescribing course for community pharmacists in NHS Scotland” has been announced by Community Pharmacy Scotland.

CPS has worked with NES Scotland to design the course with a specific focus on using prescribing within a community pharmacy setting. The University of Strathclyde is the course provider, and funding is being made available to cover:

  • the IP course costs;
  • NES Clinical Assessment Skills courses;
  • locum fees for the six days at the University, four days for clinical assessment skills training and completion of the 90 hours experiential training as a part of the IP course.

A first cohort of up to 25 community pharmacists will start the course in January 2019, with applications having to be submitted by October 12 2018. 

Before applying, candidates must have formal approval from their line manager and employer in relation to:

  • prescribing being an agreed development need for the applicant;
  • agreement on the services the pharmacist plans to deliver as an independent prescriber within community pharmacy, such as extending the Minor Ailment Scheme or the Chronic Medication Service;
  • release from the community pharmacy for all course dates and requirements including experiential training and clinical assessment skills training

Applicants must also have identified a general practitioner who will act as the Designated Medical Practitioner and who will support the training and resultant implementation of prescribing into clinical practice,

“Pharmacists will be required to fulfil certain conditions to support future use of the qualification including completion of two days’ clinical assessment skills training at a School of Medicine / Nursing and the recording of one patient consultation for peer review by NES Pharmacy,” said CPS.

“On qualification as an IP, pharmacists will also be expected to complete the NES Common Clinical Conditions course or one of the NES Advanced Clinical Assessment skills courses.”

Links:
CPS announcement      
University of Strathclyde Independent Prescribing course information             

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