Pharmacist prescribing is now established in a wide range of sectors and clinical disciplines. Prescribers enjoy independent prescribing rights for almost all medicines within their scope of competence, including controlled drugs. You can find out more about independent prescribing, as well as information about the universities that offer accredited independent prescribing and conversion courses, on the General Pharmaceutical Council website.
Our prescribing resources are mapped to A competency framework for all prescribers and a range of evidence-based sources on good prescribing practice. They will support you to develop and maintain your prescribing skills to improve delivery of services and patient outcomes.
For trainee, newly qualified and established prescribers, we have developed the Prescribing: maintaining competence and confidence guide, which supports your development as a prescriber, regardless of the stage you are at.
Alternatively, for prescribers who haven’t been able to actively prescribe for some time, we have introduced the Return to prescribing course, which is a three-day programme that supports you to redevelop your competence and confidence.
Self-study programmes available as PDFs
Online courses held over a number of weeks, supported by a CPPE tutor
Self-study online interactive learning, podcasts or e-lectures
Online workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor
Programmes for community pharmacy teams
Self-study guides available as PDFs
Programmes for hospital and primary care pharmacy teams
Local workshops facilitated by a CPPE tutor or some you can deliver yourself
We recognise that people have different learning needs. Some of our programmes contain core learning while others deliver more complex learning that is only required to support certain roles. We have three categories of learning (1,2,3) and have allocated each programme to an appropriate category.
Core learning. Builds on limited knowledge. Some background reading may be required.
Application of knowledge. Assumes prior learning.
Supporting specialisms. We may not be the provider and will signpost you to other learning providers.
Learning programmes from other providers which complement your learning.