Independent Prescribing 

There are currently three pathways for Pharmacists within London and the South East to access Health Education England (HEE) funded Independent Prescribing Courses.
The pathways have been funded to enable wider workforce development through supporting:
• HEE Workforce Strategy 
• Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF)
• NHS Five Year Forward View
• NHS The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health
• Productivity in NHS Hospitals – Carter report 2016; Hospital Pharmacy Transformation Plans


It is important that applicants understand the full requirements of the course and are fully supported by their employers, who should be aware that: 
• Applicants need to have permission and support from their employing organisation to participate in the course; it is important to note that the course is a 60 credit module associated with 600 hours of study which will be gained through a mixture of face to face teaching, work based practice and self- directed learning 
• There must a service need, in which an independent prescriber will benefit both patients and the organisation
• Applicants and their employers need to ensure that they will have access to a prescribing budget on successful completion of the course

Pharmacists applying to become an Independent Prescriber must fulfil the following criteria:
• Registration with the GPhC 
• Appropriate experience in the area of practice in which they will be prescribing
• At least 2 years’ post-registration clinical experience
• Appropriate numeracy skills
• A named designated medical practitioner who will facilitate, supervise and support the student during their clinical placement. 
• Support from the sponsoring organisation confirming service need, access to appropriate supervised practice, and a prescribing budget to meet the costs of prescriptions on completion of training

Safe Prescribing Programme

Pathways for accessing Independent Prescribing

IP flowchart May 2018


Those not eligible for a commissioned (funded) Independent prescribing course via the 3 pathways, can access independent prescribing via self-funding direct with the universities.
HEE regularly reviews its provision of commissioned courses, any updates on the eligibility criteria will be advertised on this website page.

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What is included in the funded place? 

HEE LaSE only funds the cost of the university course. 
HEE LaSE does not fund work place costs e.g. supervision or remuneration for time on the course or travel expenses.  

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How can I apply? 

Please see the individual pages below for the PhIF IP or CEPIP below. 

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If I attend another Independent Prescribing course will HEE LaSE fund it? 

HEE only funds the courses outlined on the fact sheets below.
These were selected through a competitive tendering process and are considered best quality and value for money. 

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How do I access funded Independent Prescribing training if I do not fall into the categories above?

The only way to access funded IP is through the routes outlined about, if you fall out this you are not eligible for a funded place and will be required to self-fund an independent prescribing course.

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Can I access a CEPIP place if I am eligible for a PhIF IP Place (and vice versa)? 

The providers of CEPIP and the PhIF IP courses admit pharmacists based on the criteria set out by HEE, as outlined in the diagram, therefore it is not possible to apply for CEPIP / PhIF IP if you are not eligible. 

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.