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Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) - Level 7

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This module will help improve patients' access to medicines and in so doing will help to reduce waiting times and delays. This should lead to greater service efficiency and a better patient experience.

This module is also available to study at Level 6. Please note Aesthetic Practitioners (including professionals wishing to prescribe botox etc.) must study this module at Level 7.

Who the module is aimed at

Nurses, Midwives, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Chiropodists, Dieticians, Therapy Radiographers and Diagnostic Radiographers working in advanced practice roles.

Benefits of taking the modules to the individual, the organisation and the patient

The benefits to the student of completing this module are that will allow them to use their skills, knowledge and experience to their full extent for the benefit of patients. Non-medical prescribing is a key qualification needed for anyone wanting to become an advanced practitioner or operate in an advanced practice role. The benefits to patients are improved access to medications, reducing treatment delays and improving the patient experience. For the organisation the benefits are reduced delays and more efficient services for patients

What you learn

This module aims to prepare practitioners as Independent and/or Supplementary Prescribers in accordance with appropriate Professional Regulatory Body (Nursing and Midwifery Council and Health and Care Professions Council) guidance.

General areas covered

  • Consultation, decision-making, assessment and review
  • Influences on psychology of prescribing
  • Prescribing in a team context
  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Evidenced based practice
  • Legal, ethical, aspects of prescribing
  • Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills e.g. reflective practice skills
  • Advanced assessment / consultation skills
  • Prescribing skills
  • Critical analysis / synthesis
  • Reflective practice skills
  • Unique or interesting features
  • Interprofessional education and service user involvement.

Professional recognition

This module can qualify nurses and midwives to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as Independent and Supplementary Prescribers. Following legislation in 2013, Allied Health Professionals can also qualify and register with the HCPC as Independent and Supplementary prescribers (Physiotherapists, Podiatrists and Chiropodists). Radiographers who complete the module qualify as Supplementary Prescribers only.


NHS STAFF – please ensure you complete the placement audit form – NHS staff below and return with your application

NON NHS STAFF/SELF EMPLOYEED APPLICANTS – please ensure you complete the NMP supplementary form below and return with your application

Fees and Funding for 2019/20

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £1,335

International students: £2,250 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.


This module attracts Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funding by the following schemes:

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and LBR/SSPRD online application form

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements All entrants to the module must meet the following requirements:

    • be registered as an allied health professional with the Health and Care Professions Council


    • Possess a valid registration on Part 1, 2 or 3 of the Professional Register maintained by the NMC


    • Be professionally practising in, and have appropriate experience of, an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to regularly use independent, and/or supplementary prescribing. The year preceding application to the module must have been in the clinical area in which you intend to prescribe (e.g. mental health, neonates


    • Should have written endorsement, normally from their employing and/or sponsoring organisation, that they have identified an area of clinical practice and need in which to develop their prescribing skills, including confirmation that the entrant will have appropriate supervised practice in the clinical area in which they are expected to prescribe


    • Have a designated medical practitioner (DMP), recognised as having a) training and experience appropriate to their role, b) training and experience in the supervision, support and assessment of trainees, and who has agreed to:
    • a) Provide the student with supervision, support and shadowing opportunities, and is familiar with the requirements of the module and the need to achieve the learning outcomes
    • b) Support and assess the student during their clinical placement

    In addition, DMP's are required to complete the interprofessional Faculty Placement Audit, prior to the student commencing the module. This ensures the quality of the placement learning environment, assists in enabling DMP's and students to maximise learning opportunities, ensures consistency of learning across the student cohort and is a vehicle for addressing areas for development between DMP's and the module team.

    Nurses and Allied Health professionals:

    • Should have at least 3 years post-registration relevant experience

    This module is also available at Level 6.

    In addition students should be able to provide evidence of continuing professional development.

    (The above must be evidenced in the applicants application form)

    International students must have reliable internet access and supply IELTS scores.

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    Blended Learning this module will involve a limited number of face-to-face study days supported by online distance learning activities

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    This module has 4 planned intakes during the 2019/2020 academic year as follows:

    • September 2019 Monday cohort: Attendance is required at the University on 30th September, 7th, 14th & 21st October, 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th November, 2nd & 9th December 2019
    • September 2019 Thursday cohort: Attendance is required at the University on 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th October, 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th November, 5th & 12th December 2019
    • January 2020 Monday cohort: Attendance is required at the University on 20th & 27th January, 3rd, 10th & 24th February, 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd March and 20th April 2020
    • January 2020 Thursday cohort: Attendance is required at the University on 23rd  & 30th January, 6th, 13th & 27th February, 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th March and 23rd April 2020

    100% attendance is required.  The module also includes 16 days of online distance learning which can undertaken at a time convenient for the student.

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Written Examination
    • Written Report
    • Case Study

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 30 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Donna Barnett - or contact the student experience team:

(0114) 225 5798

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