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Training for pharmacists

We support pharmacists to complete a range of courses including post-graduate diplomas, independent prescribing and advanced practice.

Early careers pharmacists

During the early career period, a pharmacists’ development is pivotal. They must use the knowledge, behaviours and skills that they have learned during their training and apply this to their day-to-day practice as an independent registered practitioner.

The Newly Qualified Pharmacist Pathway assists early career pharmacists to do this and also aims to link the initial education and training reforms to a continuum of development post-registration.

Advanced and Consultant Practice for Pharmacists

Advanced practice describes an expert level of practice based on two frameworks.

Routes to Advanced Practice



Evidence Required

Available to

Core Advanced Curriculum


RPS Advanced Credentialing Support Programme

RPS e-portfolio

All pharmacists*

Multi-professional framework for advanced practice in England

Accredited ACP 3 year master's degree

ACP course requirements

Registered healthcare professionals (including pharmacists)

* Pharmacists can start collecting evidence at any time but, at present, cannot submit their portfolios outside of a supported programme (the e-portfolio is free to access and you don't need to be an RPS member to begin collecting evidence).

** Members of the RPS can use the post-nominal MRPharmS (Advanced Practice).

*** Directory not currently available to the public.

Consultant Pharmacists are clinical experts working at a senior level, delivering care for patients and driving change across the healthcare system. They are required to have a high level of expertise and skill across the four pillars of clinical practice, leadership, research and education, undertaking activities that use their extensive, expert knowledge and skills to contribute to the health of individuals and the population.

Contact us to find out more about training and development opportunities, including eligibility criteria and course providers: england.wte.pharmacy.ney@nhs.net (North East and Yorkshire) or england.wte.pharmacy.nw@nhs.net (North West).

Independent prescribing

Fully funded Independent Prescribing training is available to pharmacists who are deployed as part of certain programmes, or in specific sectors of practice.

To find out more, including eligibility criteria in community or primary care and course providers please visit Pharmacy integration fund courses for pharmacists.

To find out more about local university providers and secondary care funded places in the North, please visit our Non-Medical Prescribing pages.