You, as a Prescribing Pharmacist, should expect to have a patient-facing role in managing long-term conditions; working directly with patients to assess and treat patients using your expert knowledge of medicines for specific disease areas, as well as promote self-care. You also need to have excellent written and verbal communication skills, the experience in influencing others and conducting clinical medication reviews. You will work as part of a multidisciplinary team to develop and run processes for repeat prescription reauthorisation, management of medicines on the transfer of care and systems for safer prescribing. Pharmacists can attain two types of prescribing qualifications: independent and supplementary. Independent prescribers, or non-medical prescribers (NMPs), are in a position to give patients timely access to medicines and are ideally placed to optimise and individualise treatment. The NMP takes responsibility for the clinical assessment of the patient, including establishing a diagnosis and prescribing the necessary medicines. Supplementary prescribing, on the other hand, is a voluntary partnership between a doctor or dentist and a supplementary prescriber, who can prescribe medicines within an agreed patient-specific clinical management plan with the patient’s agreement.
- Pharmacy degree
- Registered with the GPhC
- Independent prescribing qualification
- Evidence of commitment to continuing professional developmentClinical Pharmacists – work as part of the multidisciplinary team in a patient-facing role to clinically assess and treat patients using their expert knowledge of medicines for specific disease areas. The Clinical Pharmacist can be a prescriber or undertake training to become one.
- Previous experience in a GP practice and/or hospital environment.