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A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

Prescribing and clinical skills

Independent prescribing qualification and development of clinical, consultation and decision making skills underpin competence at the advanced stage of the pharmacist career journey.


Course dates and resources when applying for the Independent Prescribing course can be found at the TURAS Learn Independent Prescribing: Resources page. This includes information on Designated Prescribing Practitioners.

Please note, applicants should note their interest for a NES funded IP place with their local health board contact (listed on TURAS Learn Independent Prescribing: Resources page). Health boards prioritise NES-funded places on IP courses in response to local service need.

NES do not cover funding for applicants who self-fund or have previously been provided with a NES-funded place.

For those returning to independent prescribing practice after not actively prescribing, guidance and resources can be found on TURAS Learn Independent Prescribing : Resources page.

If you require any additional information, please email

IT support with Microsoft 365 applications

The Independent Prescribing courses are delivered via online/distance learning, should you need some additional resources for Microsoft applications there are a number of Microsoft resources available.

For pharmacists with a Microsoft 365 licence ( email address), you should be able to access the M365 skills hub which has a range of great resources covering Word, Excel and M365 etc. Alternatively, there is a lot of support at the Microsoft Basics section of the Microsoft training website

Consultation and clinical skills

NES fund courses to support pharmacist independent prescribers in training to develop appropriate consultation and clinical skills. Dundee Clinical Skills Centre co-ordinate these courses on our behalf. Courses run in locations across the country- Dundee, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness and Lanarkshire in partnership with nursing and medical schools.

NES- funded pharmacist independent prescribers in training are allocated a place on three and a half days of clinical and consultation skills training spread over several months. Post-registration foundation pharmacists are likely to attend these courses as a pre-requisite to gaining an IP course place. Consultation and clinical skills courses are a requirement of your NES funding agreement to undertake IP however, are NOT part of the University IP course and are not required for the IP practice certificate.

On occasions, some spaces become available on clinical skills courses for independent prescribers who have not previously completed the course. When available, dates are published and booked via TURAS Learn.

Visit the clinical assessment skills videos on TURAS Learn to prepare for the course.

Skills for Pharmacy First Plus

NES Pharmacy in collaboration with several Health Boards developed centres to support qualified community pharmacist independent prescribers to enhance their clinical and consultation skills for delivering Pharmacy First Plus. Visit Teach and treat for common clinical conditions on TURAS Learn for resources and information on how to arrange support from a teach and treat hub.


Last updated: 22/02/2023

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