Independent Prescribing Course

Coventry University

Non-Medical Prescribing course prepares you to prescribe medicines from the British National Formulary (BNF) in your area of competence, assisting you in extending your practice. You’ll learn to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively, as both an independent and supplementary prescriber.

Course length

6 Months

Course accredited


Accredited till

May 2023



Who should attend?

You’ll already be a registered nurse, midwife, pharmacist, physiotherapist, paramedic, chiropodist, podiatrist, dietician, diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer, and this course may interest you because there is a recognised need for you to prescribe within your clinical practice.

Entry requirements

  • Registered for 24 months with the GPhC (pharmacists). Additionally, pharmacist applicants must have at least 24 months experience in the specialist role in which they will prescribe and must take this module at level 7.
  • Registered for 12 months with the NMC (nurses/midwives).
  • Registered with the HCPC (allied health professionals – with appropriate experience; paramedics must be working in an advanced practice, non-ambulance setting and must take this module at level 7.

Coventry University
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Priory Street Coventry CV1 5FB United Kingdom
Tel: +44(0)24 7765 7688

Non-Medical Prescribing

The course has been approved by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and the Healthcare Professions Council (HPC) (HCPC).

The course is divided into two 20-credit, 13-week modules. Both modules must be satisfactorily completed before you may apply to your governing body for registration as an independent and/or supplemental prescriber.

The first module, which is presented over 10 teaching days at the institution, provides the theoretical underpinnings for prescribing practise (including pharmacology).

The clinical application of prescription practise is required in the second module. This module requires the student to complete 90 hours of supervised practise as well as four teaching days at the university.

In the United Kingdom, there are two types of prescription: independent prescribing and supplementary prescribing:

Independent prescription (IP) is a practise in which a practitioner is responsible and accountable for the evaluation of patients with undiagnosed or diagnosed diseases, as well as decisions concerning clinical care, including prescribing. This is the most comparable kind of prescription to how doctors prescribe.

Supplementary prescribing (SP) is a voluntary arrangement between a supplementary prescriber, an individual patient, and a third-party prescriber (must be a doctor or dentist). A clinical management plan outlines the agreement on what can be prescribed.

Regulations governing what pharmaceuticals can be given vary depending on professional group and also on the type of prescribing utilised (IP or SP).

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