Consultation on education and training standards for pharmacist independent prescribers

Education and training standards for pharmacist independent prescribers

Please note that this consultation is now closed.

Pharmacist independent prescribers are already playing a vital role in delivering high-quality care to people using the health services of Great Britain. To become an independent prescriber, pharmacists must complete education and training that gives them the necessary knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to successfully take on the role and provide safe and effective care.

Alongside an increase in the number of pharmacist independent prescribers, the prescribing role has developed significantly in recent years – often in direct response to government initiatives. In light of these changes, we are making improvements to the standards for training pharmacist independent prescribers to make sure courses are fit for purpose and that the learning outcomes in them are clearly focused on the current prescribing role.

We want to hear your views on the changes we are proposing to the standards, including:

  • introducing learning outcomes for the standards
  • allowing experienced pharmacist independent prescribers (and other independent prescribers, including doctors) to act as practice prescribing supervisors, and
  • improving the selection of trainee independent prescribers by focusing on the knowledge and skills of applicants and their suitability to train as independent prescribers.

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