Advancing Pharmacy Practice

Beyond the foundation years pharmacists may choose to continue to develop their knowledge, skills and competence to evolve their scope of practice. Building on the underpinning generic elements of prior training, pharmacists can further develop specialist knowledge and skills. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society roadmap to advanced practice outlines this journey, and the Advanced Pharmacy Framework supports practitioners through their journey to advanced practice.

In addition, formal postgraduate training courses such as advanced pharmacy practice, independent prescribing or advanced clinical practice are available.

See below for the LaSE Pharmacy funded Clinical Enhanced Pharmacist Independent Prescribing (CEPIP) programme or access the national website for the Centre for Advancing Practice. For nationally funded Independent Prescribing programmes, please access the national training offers for pharmacists website.

Foundation Pharmacist Programme

Spring CEPIP 2022 Update

HEE is working nationally to commission Independent Prescribing training for pharmacists across sectors in all regions of England from 2022 onwards. This offer will replace the current LaSE Pharmacy Team CEPIP offer, and we anticipate that these places will be available for pharmacists in London and the South East from Autumn 2022. We will share more information (including eligibility criteria) and how to apply, when these places are confirmed this summer.

Clinically Enhanced Pharmacist Independent Prescribers (CEPIP)

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.

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.