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Independent/Supplementary Prescribing - PCert


Join our successful prescribing programme and qualify as a non-medical prescriber. Apply now for a January or February 2022 start date!


This is a well-established and successful independent / supplementary prescribing programme for pharmacists, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, podiatrists, radiographers and dietitians. 

It is a part-time, blended learning programme which leads to you qualifying as an independent prescriber (community and primary care pharmacists, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, podiatrists, paramedics and therapeutic radiographers) or as a supplementary prescriber (diagnostic radiographers and dietitians). You  develop the knowledge and skills to practise as prescribers and to meet the standards set by your respective professional/regulatory body. Available as eight or 12 months duration. Also available at Level 6 for nurses/midwives.

Is this programme right for me?

if you are a community pharmacist, nurse, midwife, physiotherapist, podiatrist, radiographer or dietitian looking to become a prescriber this is the programme you are looking for.

As we are no longer recruiting for the Clinically Enhanced Prescribing Programme, pharmacists working in hospital, mental health and community trusts, and  CCG pharmacists are eligible for this programme. 

We also run a 40-credit module as part of the University of Greenwich MSc Advanced Clinical Practice. If you are part of this Greenwich programme and have selected the Prescribing module then you do also need to complete our Prescribing Application form. 

Entry points and application deadlines

We have two different programme lengths to choose from. You can study over the REGULAR eight months or choose the EXTENDED programme over 12 months. Priority for the regular length programme will be given to those with a clearly defined scope of practice. The extended programme is for all those who may prefer, or who will benefit from, a longer period of study. It is especially suitable for those studying at Level 6 and community pharmacists.

All application forms are to be emailed to pgtpharmadmin@kent.ac.uk 

Please do not post any application forms as we are currently operating a virtual campus.

Cohorts for academic year (2021/2022):

  • January 2022 start date (08 month version) - deadline 22 October 2021
  • February 2022 start date (12 month version)- deadline 12 November 2021
  • April 2022 start date (08 month version)- deadline 21 January 2022
  • June 2022 start date (12 month version) - deadline 18 March 2022

All dates and deliveries subject to change.


The Prescribing Programme is delivered by distance learning with a total of nine study days at the University, plus 12 days clinical practice, overseen by a Practice Supervisor (nurses and midwives only)/designated medical practitioner (DMP). 

About Medway School of Pharmacy

Medway School of Pharmacy is one of the few regional schools of pharmacy in the UK, a collaboration between the University of Kent and the University of Greenwich.

The impetus for the formation of the Medway School of Pharmacy came from the local community, who recognised the shortage of qualified pharmacists in all branches of the pharmacy profession in Kent.

The School is now recognised as an established school with accreditation from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are employed in health disciplines in Kent and the south-east and more broadly across the UK.

National ratings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, research by the School of Pharmacy was ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity.

An impressive 100% of our research-active staff submitted to the REF and 93% of our research was judged to be of international quality, with 81% of this judged world-leading or internationally excellent. The School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research.

Project Titles Supervisors
Biological Rhythms and Neuronal Pharmacology Dr Gurprit Lall, Dr Zameel Cader (University of Oxford)
Investigating the biological basis of mucoadhesion, towards developing transmucosal drug delivery systems Dr Francis Brako, Dr Maxwell Casely-Hayford, Dr Elisa Vasilopoulou
Selection and evaluation of new universal influenza vaccine candidates using monoclonal antibodies and digitally designed HA and NA libraries & pseudotype virus screens Dr Nigel Temperton, Dr Simon Scott , Prof Jonathan Heeney (University of Cambridge)
Generation of human cytomegalovirus-pseudotyped particles and development of systems for the study of viral cell entry mechanisms, neutralizing antibody responses to infection and vaccination, and testing of potential novel therapeutics Dr Simon Scott , Dr Nigel Temperton, Dr Matthew Reeves (UCL)
Formulation of layered silicate-polymer composite particles for the potential oral delivery of biologics Dr Vivek Trivedi, Dr Vadim Sumbayev
Defining the role of thymosin-beta4 as a novel regulator of inflammation in kidney disease Dr Elisa Vasilopoulou
Optimising patient care by improving understanding amongst healthcare professionals of how their patients use herbal medicines Dr Sukvinder Kaur Bhamra, Dr Bob Allkin (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew), Prof Michael Heinrich (UCL)
Anti-Viral Plastic Antibodies for Diagnostics and Therapeutics Dr Andrew J Hall, Dr Nigel Temperton
Deciphering the landscape of nucleoporin and lamin function in nucleocytoplasmic communication, nuclear scaffolding and transcriptional control in disease prevention Dr Fani Papagiannouli, Dr Gurprit Lall
Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Tumour Targeting Analogues of Combretastatin A4 Dr M A Casely-Hayford, Dr N Lavignac, Dr V Sumbayev
Computational Neuroscience Investigating the Neurobiological Underpinning of Simple Decision-Making in the Xenopus laevis Tadpole Dr Stella Koutsikou, Dr Joel Tabak-Sznajder (University of Exeter), Prof. Roman Borisyuk (University of Exeter)