Independent Prescribing 

Commissioning Independent Prescribing

Health Education England London and South East commission the provision of Independent Prescribing training within Kent, Surrey and Sussex until July 2018. Places on these programmes are funded and available to all staff working within Kent Surrey and Sussex providing NHS services to patients where independent  prescribing is appropriate to their role.

Information on the courses and application process can be found on the IP Fact Sheet below.

From August 2018 HEE KSS will continue to provide independent prescribing nursing and allied health professional – but not pharmacists. For information on the courses available please contact HEE KSS.

Safe Prescribing Programme

Clinical Enhanced Pharmacist Independent Prescribers (CEPIP) *Coming Soon*

Research conducted in the West Midlands from April 2013 by Health Education England - West Midlands, identified a potential role for the Pharmacist in areas such as pre-discharge medicines optimisation in the Emergency Department (ED) and Acute Medicine Units, as well as within Clinical Decision Teams in the undertaking of medicines-related and minors-focussed clinical duties. Such duties are often undertaken by junior medical staff; staff who face significant demands on their time with emergency admissions. 

From August 2014, HEE-WM developed and launched a pilot Clinically Enhanced Pharmacist Independent Prescribing programme [CEPIP]. CEPIP was piloted between September 2014 and September 2015 over two cohorts, with key deliverables to:


Provide advanced clinical skills training for pharmacists


Develop a medicines-focused clinician; able to practice as a pharmacist prescriber, while also assisting in wider clinical duties


Develop a programme relevant in terms of content and transferability in urgent and acute settings across secondary, primary and community care. 

CEPIP offers the ‘hands on’ training opportunities to produce the pharmacist of the future – a practitioner with advanced skills to confidently and competently manage patients with health assessment, diagnostic and clinical examination skills comparable with that of an Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

CEPIP will be available for pharmacists from NHS Acute and Mental Health Hospital sectors, including those undertaking cross-sector Foundation Pharmacist training programmes

HEE LASE is currently tendering for CEPIP providers for courses starting in September 2018. Information will be posted here once the tendering process is completed. If you have a question or query please contact Katie Reygate

Please note CEPIP is the only commissioned course for pharmacists wishing to become an independent prescriber within London and the South East, we do not fund independent prescribing courses sourced and attended by individuals. 
If you are a pharmacist on the General Practice Pharmacist Training Pathway please contact your CPPE tutor for more information regarding access to independent prescribing. 

Prescribing Safety Assessment Trial in Pharmacy

In 2015 and 2016 HEE has trialled the use of the PSA in final year MPharm students and preregistration pharmacists in a small number of pharmacy schools and preregistration training regions. The 2015 and 2016 summary reports are available to download below. In 2017 a much larger sample of 9 pharmacy schools and 9 preregistration training regions will utilise the assessment. This includes 60 hospital preregistration pharmacists from within the London and South East region.