NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I), Health Education England (HEE) and CPPE have developed a policy that seeks to clarify the position with regard to the appropriate timing of independent prescribing training to keep patients and prescribers safe. It also seeks to clarify the position on learners on the CPPE pathway studying another non-mandatory training programme at the same time
In addition to the CPPE training pathway, pharmacists supported with the PCN additional role reimbursement scheme are expected to undertake independent prescribing (IP) training if they have not already completed this. The timing of this needs to be carefully managed to ensure the pharmacists have a solid foundation on which to build to become safe prescribers.
It is important that employers and pharmacists have a complete understanding of the competences of basic pharmacist training and the additional training and experience pharmacists require, before undertaking IP training. The CPPE pathway and the work experience provide solid foundations to build on with IP training so that pharmacists become competent, confident and safe prescribers in a primary care setting.
Further details can be found in the policy through the link below.
Studying another course at the same time as the CPPE course adds a great deal of pressure to the pharmacy professional. NHSE/I, HEE and CPPE have made the decision that pharmacy professionals should not enrol in any non-mandatory training whilst completing the CPPE training pathway, in order to remain focused on this. In some cases, pharmacy professionals have already started another course when they start their new role in primary care; in which case there are three options for them which can be found in the policy.
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