GPhC consultation on education and training standards for pharmacist independent prescribers

The GPhC has launched a consultation on education and training standards for pharmacist independent prescribers. The consultation is open until 6 June 2018.

The consultation seeks views on three key changes:

Revising the entry requirements for training: The consultation proposes that the current requirement for a course applicant to have worked in a clinical area for two years before training to prescribe in that area should be removed. It would be replaced by an effective application process in which the applicant would have to provide evidence that they have the experience and skills necessary to be ready to train.

Introducing learning outcomes for the standards: The revised standards include learning outcomes, which describe the knowledge and skills a trainee will have on successful completion of a course.

Introducing ‘designated prescribing practitioners’: At the moment, only doctors are allowed to formally supervise trainees as designated medical practitioners (DMPs). The consultation outlines plans for pharmacists training to become independent prescribers to have the option to be formally supervised by experienced pharmacist prescribers or other experienced prescribers. To reflect this change, we are introducing the new title for supervisors of ‘designated prescribing practitioners’.

The consultation document and consultation survey, as well as a toolkit of resources, is available on the GPhC website:

Consultation Document

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