Postgraduate Certificate in Independent & Supplementary Prescribing (Clinically Enhanced)

CLINICALLY ENHANCED PROGRAMME: Apply for April cohort by 8 February.

Which is the right programme for me?

The CLINICALLY ENHANCED programme is for hospital and mental health pharmacists. If you are a community and primary care pharmacist, nurse, midwife, physiotherapist, podiatrist, radiographer or dietitian please go to PG Cert Independent and Supplementary Prescrbing.

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Are you a hospital or mental health pharmacist? This programme has been developed by adapting our regular and well-established prescribing programme and adding a specially designed clinical health and assessment diagnostics module. This is a part-time, blended learning programme which enables hospital and mental health pharmacists to qualify as independent prescribers. You will develop the knowledge and skills to practise as prescribers with an additional emphasis on clinical skills. On qualification you will meet the RPS Competency Framework for All Prescribers.


The Prescribing Programme is delivered by distance learning with a total of nine study days at the University, 12 days clinical practice (overseen by a designated medical practitioner) and 20 hours of clinical skills practice (overseen by a clinical supervisor). There is more information about the role of the clinical supervisor and who should take on that role here.


For each course there are one or two assessments and each assessment is applied to your scope of practice meaning that all of the work and assessments in this programme will help you develop your prescribing skills. All of the assessments are different in focus and require different things from you. You are given feedback on your work before your next assignment is due to be submitted.

Course 1

  • Legislative Essay: written assignment reviewing recent legislative changes in relation to prescribing and give an account of the impact on their practice with a particular focus on accountability and responsibility as it applies to your scope of practice.
  • Pharmacology Essay: an essay demonstrating pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic knowledge applied to the student’s own area of practice.
  • Evidence-based Assignment: written assignment analysing the primary evidence as it applies to a specific patient within your scope of practice.
  • PAPP – Practical Assessment of Prescribing Practice: a high-fidelity clinical situation tailored to your individual scope of practice.
  • Portfolio of Evidence: completed guide to the placement, a log of hours, reflection on progress. Portfolio entries are mapped to professional competencies and standards as required by the GPhC.

Course 2

  • OSCE: students will take six OSCE stations.

Distance Learning

While on a distance learning programme you need to be able to organise your time carefully and negotiate with your workplace on how this programme will work for you and your employer. We will provide you with a comprehensive list of dates for submission to help you plan your placement time and to help you negotiate study leave so you can complete your assignments and portfolio.

You will already possess most, if not all, of the required skills such as navigating around a webpage or attaching a file and uploading this to a website or email. The academic skills required will depend on your level of study and how recently you last studied. The universities have good resources that you can access to help you rediscover or reinvigorate these skills as needed.

Getting to grips with the virtual learning environment (Moodle) early will be really useful to you. This is where the course is delivered. You will be able to get feedback at regular intervals to help you with your assignments, access practice quizzes and examples of the assessments, revisit lecture material when it suits you and download Course Study Guides & Workbooks for each of the four courses within the programme.


There is a high and rising demand for a range of healthcare professionals to qualify as non-medical prescribers. There are enhanced career opportunities for hospital and mental health pharmacists with the prescribing qualification.


Postgraduate Certificate Independent / Supplementary Prescribing (Clinically Enhanced).


General Information

Postgraduate Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (Clinically Enhanced) 

Length: 8 months

Entry Points: August and April

Location: Work based and Anson Building, Universities at Medway Campus, Chatham Maritime, Kent

Extra Information: For more detailed of the nature of the assessments and what you need to know please download this extra information sheet for CEPIP.


Distance learning offers a flexible approach for both students and employees. The programme is multi-disciplinary with shared learning throughout the study days. Study days incorporate workshops for the particular development of clinical skills for pharmacists.


For an information pack please email the postgraduate administration office or phone 01634 202945.

Programme structure

Entry points and application deadlines.

Start Date Application Deadline
August 2018 15 June 2018
April 2019 Extended to 8 February 2019

The Programme consists of 2 compulsory courses at level 7 

Level 7
  • Independent Prescribing in Practice (40 credit)
  • Clinical Health Assessment and Diagnosis (20 credit)

Study Days

The study days take place at the Medway School of Pharmacy.

They are a compulsory feature of the programme. Do not apply for a cohort if you are not available for the study days.

The dates for the cohorts that are coming up are as follows:

Cohort 38 (August 2018) Cohort 41 (April 2019)

Tuesday 21 August 2018

Wednesday 22 August 2018

Thursday 23 August 2018

Tuesday 02 October 2018

Wednesday 03 October 2018

Tuesday 08 January 2019

Wednesday 09 January 2019

Thursday 10 January 2019

Wednesday 06 March 2019

Tuesday 30 April 2019

Wednesday 01 May 2019

Thursday 02 May 2019

Tuesday 25 June 2019

Wednesday 26 June 2019

Tuesday 17 September 2019

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Thursday 19 September 2019

Wednesday 23 October 2019

All students will have nine study days to attend.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL dates are subject to change.


August (cohort 38) - 15 June 2018

April (cohort 41) - 8 February 2019

Police and Health Checks

Any offer will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and relevant health checks.

Entry criteria

Offer Levels

Students will have:

  • Registration with the GPhC
  • Appropriate experience in the area of practice in which they will be prescribing
  • The ability to study at academic level 7
  • At least two years' post-registration clinical experience in the UK
  • Appropriate numeracy skills
  • 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
  • A named designated medical practitioner (DMP) who will facilitate, supervise and support the student during their clinical placement
  • A named designated clinical supervisor (CS) who will facilitate, supervise and support the student for 20 hours' clinical skills placement (this role can also be performed by the DMP)



For an information pack please email the postgraduate administration office or phone 01634 202945.


To apply for the PGCert in Prescribing please download and complete the electronic application form below and return by e-mail to the Course Administrator, Louise Dawson, Tel: +44 (0)1634 202945, Email:

PGCert in Prescribing Application Form

Make sure you have given your manager the following information sheet before you ask them to sign your form.

Please note that further application to University of Greenwich will be required if your application is approved.

Preparing for Prescribing

Are you planning to apply for the Independent / Supplementary Prescribing programme? Take our Preparing for Prescribing short courses to prepare you for this demanding programme of study. Choose from Pharmacology (eCourse), Numeracy (eCourse) or Clinical and Consultation Skills.

Next two day Clinical and Consultation Skills to come.

Running now: Numeracy (eCourse) and Pharmacology (eCourse).


Tel: +44 (0) 1634 202935
Fax: +44 (0) 1634 883927

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