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. Please see the section below on Timing of independent prescribing.
Health Education England commissions IP training places at specific universities for pharmacists who have completed the pathway. CPPE is required to authorise the place for the pharmacists. This authorisation process is done through our website. Please see the section below on CPPE authorisation for an IP place.
There is more information for pharmacists enrolled on the Primary care pharmacy education pathway on the section on Canvas. Please read this before applying for an IP course.
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
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.
Pharmacists are expected to undertake the IP course after they have completed the pathway. In exceptional cases pharmacists can apply to do IP before the end of the pathway and they will find details on who may be eligible on the learners’ virtual learning environment, Canvas.
To apply for authorisation for your IP place or to apply do IP before the end of the pathway please use link and complete the application form. You need to decide which course you are going to apply for before completing the application form. If you are eligible you will be given a certificate of eligibility which you will either send to your chosen university or upload during their application process. Please use 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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