Process to apply for funded Independent Prescribing courses


Independent / Non-Medical Prescribing

For all staff (Pharmacists see process at the bottom of this page)

Please note Independent Prescribing (IP) is also referred to as Non-Medical Prescribing (NMP)

Apply for Funding - EOI Forms

Applying for Funding? Please complete the below, locality specific, expression of interest form:

  • Morecambe Bay – here
  • Fylde Coast – here
  • West Lancs – here
  • Pennine Lancs – here
  • Grtr Preston – here

See the NHS ICB’s Position Statement here.

NHSE Pharmacy Foundation Training Update

Prescribing Placement Opportunity

To support Community Trainee Pharmacists

The Pharmacist undergraduate training now includes new learning outcomes which enable newly qualified Pharmacists to be Independent Prescribers at the point of registration. 

The Training Hub is looking for Independent Prescribers to support a 6-8 week (or alternative) placement for a Foundation year trainee from the Community Pharmacy Sector.

Expected financial renumeration – circa £1000 to £1500.

Please view the following slides and PDF for more information Supporting prescribing rotations / Information for General Practice & PCNs L&SC

For support at a local level (Practice/PCNs) please contact [email protected]

Alternative contacts: [email protected] or [email protected]

To express your interest within Lancashire and South Cumbria please complete the MS Form 
when applying for funding

Useful information

Expression of Interest Forms

Applying for funding?  Please complete the below, locality-specific expression of interest form ensuring you have practice support in order to undertake NMP training:

As a reminder course duration is equivalent to 26 days theory and 12 days/ 90 hours of supervised practice.

  • Morecambe Bay – here
  • Fylde Coast – here
  • West Lancs – here
  • Pennine Lancs – here
  • Central Lancs (Grtr Preston) – here

Applicants are reminded that when submitting their application form, all necessary sections must be signed and dated, including those for the Line Manager and DPP/Assessor.  All signatures must be ‘wet’ i.e. electronically typed will not be accepted.  Section 4 (ICB approval) does not need to be signed as your Locality Lead will arrange this upon receipt of your application form.

Higher Education Institutes

Applicants are reminded that it can take up to two months for the ICB to process their application and HEI cohorts fill up fast, therefore, it is best to apply early to avoid disappointment.
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Updates and Videos

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.

We would advise you to consider who you might be able to approach locally. For example, do you have a good working relationship with a local GP/primary care network (PCN)/hospital trust who would be prepared to support you?

DPPs must be an active prescriber with at least 3 years experience – as good practice, we recommend that this is either your lead prescriber in practice or an experienced GP.

See DPP training on the Health and Education Cooperative website here.

You may be able to obtain further advice or support from colleagues who are prescribers, the community pharmacist lead for your Primary Care Network (PCN) or your local Primary Care Training Hub.

Find the RPS Competency Framework for Designated Prescribing Practitioners (DPP) here.

International Applicants

For international applicants who not registered with the NMC and undertaken undergraduate nursing/midwifery training abroad and now reside in the UK – all applications are via the NMC website.

The link to the NMC site to check eligibility is here: Register as a nurse or midwife if you trained outside the UK – The Nursing and Midwifery Council (

ICB NMP Webinar/Training Resources & Recordings

Non-Medical Prescribing: Education & Training Sessions

The ICB Non-Medical Prescribing Leads and Lancashire South Cumbria Training Hub are pleased to share with you a 12-month Education and Training programme. The programme is to support Non-Medical Prescribers in key topic/therapeutic areas and encourage peer discussions and networking.

The bitesize education and training sessions will be held for 30 minutes via Microsoft Teams, every third Tuesday of the month between 12noon and 12.30pm.

To access the sessions please: Click here to join the meeting

Timetable of future sessions:

We hosted an NMP Webinar, alongside the ICB, on Wed 15th June 2023. This webinar, presented the policy, details on how to apply for NMP and the funding available.
You can view the slideset from this webinar here. 

We hosted an NMP Webinar, alongside the ICB, on Wed 15th June 2023. This webinar, presented the policy, details on how to apply for NMP and the funding available.
You can view the slideset from this webinar here. 


A helpful webinar has been developed by the College of Paramedics to provide information to their members following the recent announcement regarding regulatory changes to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 to allow paramedic independent prescribers to prescribe and administer, and direct others to administer, five controlled drugs. The link to the webinar and slides can be found via the following link: Primary and Urgent Care (

FAO: Mental Health Practitioners employed jointly via ARRS funding and undertaking Non Medical Prescribing as part of your role – please see Memorandum of Understanding document here: Primary Care MHP NMP MoU (FINAL 23.04.2024).

This document sets out the framework for the practical application of Non-Medical Prescribing (NMP) for Mental Health Practitioners (MHPs) working within primary care settings, who are jointly employed under the additional roles reimbursement scheme (ARRS).

The Choice and Medication website (Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust Home ( provides information about medicines used in mental health conditions, useful resources to support shared decision making and resources that can support patients with understanding their treatment(s) and medication(s).

Process to apply for funded Independent Prescribing courses


Independent Prescribing training is available to pharmacists who meet the eligibility criteria. Tuition fees are fully funded by Health Education England (HEE).
Pharmacists that are successful in applying to one of the approved universities will be allocated a fully funded place directly by the university. They do not need to apply to HEE for funding separately.

How to apply?

  1. Community pharmacists (including locum pharmacists); Pharmacists employed in General Practice (who are not eligible for, or enrolled on, the Primary Care Pharmacy Education Programme (PCPEP) and those who are working to provide primary care services (e.g., working in primary care) who are not employed in ARRS roles); and Health and Justice pharmacists
  2. Pharmacists enrolled on CPPE’s Primary Care Pharmacy Education Pathway (PCPEP) and meet the PCPEP criteria to enrol on an Independent Prescribing Course
  3. Pharmacists working in an NHS Hospital Trust or Mental Health Trust (NHS managed sector); pharmacists working in an integrated care board, ICB (previously CCG pharmacists)

Please note that you will need to demonstrate (as a minimum):

  • The support of an identified designated prescribing practitioner (DPP).
  • An appropriate practice-based learning environment in a prescribing setting that can offer appropriate clinical support.
  • Evidence that you meet the course provider eligibility criteria (applicants will be subject to their chosen university’s enrolment processes).
  • Commitment to use the skill within your area of competence and expertise, for the delivery of NHS clinical services as they emerge.

Preparing to train as an independent prescriber e-course

This e-course is scheduled to launch on 12 Sept. You can find information about it on the CPPE websiteIts aim is to help pharmacists prepare an application and prepare for prescribing training by helping them to understand what it means to be a prescriber, considerations when choosing a course, how they can demonstrate relevant knowledge and skills and plan for the study and supervised practice requirements of the course. You can register your interest in advance of the launch date, to be added to the waiting list.

Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] if you have any questions.

How to apply?

University providers are now taking applications. Don’t miss out – check your eligibility and apply now.

If you would like to be added to our distribution list for future information, please register your interest.

You can find out start dates, approved suppliers and more on the HEE page here.

Visit the HEE page for more information and FAQs.
Contact [email protected].

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Competency Frameworks:


Meet Our Team

Thomas Coulton

Locality Operations Manager

Jatinder Saimbi

Senior Medicines Optimisation Manager
NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board

Nicola Baxter

Lead for Non-Medical Prescribing
NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board