Independent prescribing entry requirements

The GPhC requires that pharmacists applying to undertake an independent prescribing programme must:

  • be a registered pharmacist with the GPhC or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
  • have at least two years' appropriate patient-orientated experience in a UK hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year.

Those wishing to undertake the conversion programme must:

  • be a registered pharmacist with the GPhC or the PSNI with annotation as a supplementary prescriber
  • be able to provide evidence of prescribing experience which is no more than two years old
  • provide a statement of support from a medical practitioner that confirms their competence as a supplementary prescriber.

Applicants to both the full and conversion programmes must:

  • have identified an area of clinical practice in which to develop their prescribing skills and have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to their intended area of prescribing practice
  • demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own CPD.


  • The provider must ensure that the designated medical practitioner (DMP), identified by the pharmacist, has training and experience appropriate to their role. This may be demonstrated by adherence to the Department of Health Guidance (2001). The DMP must have agreed to provide supervision, support and shadowing opportunities for the student, and be familiar with the GPhC's requirements and learning outcomes for the programme.

Course providers may stipulate additional entry requirements, so it is best to check the full entry requirements with your chosen place of study with (see Accredited independent prescribing programmes).