After deciding the time was right to apply for the Independent prescribing course, I needed to decide of which University to go for…
For those of you who are looking to apply now, below is a link to the GPhC website showing all the accredited universities that provide the course.
When I was at this stage it did get a little confusing as there were a lot of things to take into consideration:
- When does the course begin?
- How often do I need to attend?
- How much time do I need to take off work?
- What assessments will I have to do? Will there be an exam?
- Some courses are 30 credits, others are 60 credits… what does this mean?
So I decided on a university… it was the only one in a commuteable distance where I didn’t have to sit a written exam… here was me thinking this is taking the easy option it really wasn’t lol… the course was a 60 credit course so they more than made up for the lack of written exam with other assessments…
Now finding a DMP… or Designated Medical Practitional (I.e. Supervising Dr)… this proved to be the hardest part of the course in my opinion.
I managed to find a DMP on my second attempt. The first time I tried I was working in a different area where I asked the local doctors and those in my area but I didn’t get much of a positive response. The second time was after moving to a different area where I found it a lot easier to find a Dr willing to train me. I guess what I learnt from this was that you shouldn’t give up if you don’t have success at first… be persistent and you will get there sooner or later…
After finding a DMP the next mission was to ensure my line manager agreed to allow me to take time out of the store. Let me tell tou this right now… it’s hard doing store management and studying for independent prescribing at the same time, anyone who says it’s easy is really sugar coating it lol. At the time when I was doing this course I was a store manager and it was a challenge to work out a timetable that worked for the DMP and that kept the big bosses content as well.