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Newly registered Pharmacists to Independently Prescribe

When the Initial Education and Training of Pharmacists (IETP Reforms) come into place in 2025/2026, the aim is for all newly registered pharmacists to be able to independently prescribe medicines. This means they will need to have a Designated Prescribing Practitioner during their foundation training year to complete their training.

"Our aim is to reform pharmacist education and training pathways, to enable pharmacists to play a much greater role in providing clinical care from their first day of registration.

Our commitment is supported by major infrastructure changes and investment.

We recognise that change requires everyone’s input and expertise. It will not happen overnight, but along with our partners, we are taking great strides on the journey towards transformation."

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There is currently a shortage of Designated Prescribing Practitioners1, could you help by expanding your role? 

"Being a Designated Prescribing Practitioner for IP trainees is a rewarding role, enhances professional satisfaction and increases your knowledge. Trainees undergoing IP courses often challenge your practice and supporting trainees to progress through their careers helps with staff retention and team building." 

Dr Graham Stretch, PCPA President, Chief Pharmacist and Partner, Argyle Health Group

Related Event:

Designated Prescribing Practitioner: Supporting Pharmacist to become Independent Prescribers
FRI, 13 SEP 2024 | Virtual, Online


1. https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk/CD137371/Where-are-all-the-designated-prescribing-practitioners, accessed 23.04.24 

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