Clinically Enhanced Pharmacist Independent Prescribers (CEPIP)

COVID-19 Update 

Pharmacists currently on the courses will be getting updates on deadlines and support available direct from the universities.  All CEPIP course due to start in April / May have been deferred until September. Dates of the new courses are now available from an updated factsheet available at the foot of this page.

History of CEPIP

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. 


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.

Clinical Consultation, Assessment and Diagnosis (CCAD) Course

CEPIP Providers, Course Dates and Deadlines

There are two CEPIP course providers for London and the South East, information on course dates and deadline dates can be found below. The first courses will be delivered in August 2018.


Department of Pharmacy & Forensic Science, King’s College London. Course venue: 150 Stamford Street, London SE1 9NH


Medway School of Pharmacy, Course Venue: Chatham, ME4 4TB

Details of the course can be found on the fact sheet below.

How can I apply?
Applications for the courses are done through the university websites, via the links in the fact sheets.

How are places allocated? 
Places are allocated to pharmacists based on the quality of their application, including the applicants ability to meet the GPhC minimum requirements for entry and mandated course requirements. See the universities website for more information.
There is no allocation of places per trusts, due to fluidity of staff movement within the region, which would make such allocations impossible to manage. In having no set allocations, it allows pharmacy departments to manage / plan training to fit their needs, which will include the availability of staff to undertake the course; taking into consideration the course requirements.