Pharmacist on National Training Programmes Funding

* Independent Prescribing for Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice Funded courses April 2021 – March 2022. Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

In the Five Year Forward View (FYFV), NHS England committed to ensure that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians play an increasingly visible and expanded role in delivering medicines optimisation across our communities and improve the care and outcomes for patients.


To support the career development and transformation of Pharmacists across England, HEE, in partnership with NHS England, a consortium of universities led by University of Chester has been commissioned to be some of the education providers to deliver up to 2,000 fully funded places on courses which deliver General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) accredited pharmacist independent prescribers across England, until 31 March 2022.

The NMP course is made up of a range of online and e-portal learning, self-directed learning with some face to face learning and assessments. This will provide more flexibility around learning and help you to plan learning around work and other commitments.

Learners recruited to NHS England funded programmes

From April 2021 learners must be pharmacists who are deployed as part of the following programmes:

  • Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice Phase 2
  • Primary Care Pharmacy Education Pathway

Independent Prescribing (IP) training is part of these programmes and is fully funded by Health Education England. It is available to all pharmacists providing NHS services to patients where independent prescribing is appropriate to their role and who have been recruited under one of the above training programmes. All learners will need to assure their chosen university that they meet the course requirements.

Pharmacists wishing to access this IP training must be registered and enrolled with the relevant programme provider, complete a training needs assessment and be allocated an educational supervisor. IP course providers will require an educational supervisor to confirm a learner’s eligibility to undertake IP.

What are the requirements of the course?

The requirements of each course are listed on the university websites.
Please check the university requirements prior to applying. In general, the requirements for pharmacists are:

  • Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhc)
  • A named Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) who will mentor, facilitate and supervise the pharmacist’s learning in a practice environment
  • Have a defined role to deliver NHS services as a prescriber post-qualification via, for example, employer commitment, with access to a prescribing budget.
  • Confirmation from employing organisation ratifying service need and access to appropriate supervised practice.

Please see the GPhC website for further information on independent prescriber requirements, including information for employers about the need for a medical supervisor:

How do I apply for the NMP course if I have a PhIF funded place?

  1. Select a university (view the list locations and course start dates below)
  2. Contact the university directly if you want more information, or complete an enquiry form.
  3. Download and complete the Application Form
  4. Ensure that your CPPE supervisor emails confirmation of their support to the university of your choice.
  5. Return the completed application form by clicking the ‘Submit Application Form; button below.
  6. If you are self funding, or have an alternative funding source please follow the general NMP Course Application guidance.

Course Locations

Click here to see all Course Locations (Page 2).