Independent Prescribing (IP)
From September 2026, newly qualified pharmacists will be joining the pharmacy workforce ready to work as independent prescribers. To pave the way for this major change, 'pathfinder sites' will be set up in every region of England and consist of NHS-funded pharmacist prescribing services based in pre-existing community pharmacies. The sites will become "test beds" for a potential wider rollout of independent prescribing services via the community pharmacy contract in England. The pathfinder sites are to be the first independent prescribing service fully funded by NHS England.
More information about the IP Pathfinder site for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System (ICS) coming soon.
Independent prescribing training
Course intake and application information
Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP)
A DPP is a healthcare professional in Great Britain or Northern Ireland with legal independent prescribing rights (an annotation or automatic right to prescribe) who will mentor and supervise the pharmacist during the period of learning in practice.
The role of DPP encompasses a range of healthcare professionals and includes Designated Medical Practitioners (DMP). The DPP must be suitably experienced and qualified to carry out this supervisory role and have demonstrated continuous professional development or revalidation relevant to this role. The personal characteristics, professional skills, knowledge, teaching and training required to be a DPP are described in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Competency Framework for Designated Prescribing Practitioners.
The responsibility is on the pharmacist to identify a suitable DPP.
Independent prescribing training is available to pharmacists who meet the eligibility criteria. Tuition fees are fully funded by NHS England.
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