Independent Prescribing Course

Keele 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.

Keele University
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Keele University, Staffordshire, UK, ST5 5BG
Tel: +44 (0)1782 734010

Non-Medical Prescribing

Independent prescribing (IP) is quickly becoming a necessary ability for pharmacists, either to supplement their current function or to act as a catalyst for career change. In 2003, Keele University became the first UK university to be approved to deliver prescription courses for pharmacists. The dedicated IP Team is still working on developing the curriculum to ensure that students achieve the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) learning outcomes and are adequately prepared for their future prescription practise.
The Centre for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning at Keele University is known for its online distance learning programmes geared to the requirements of pharmacists, general practitioners, nurses, and other members of the health care team. Our high-quality learning resources were developed and updated in collaboration with our vast network of current interdisciplinary clinical practitioners, and they contain clinical skills training to assist educate prescribers for a variety of current and emerging prescription positions.
We are quite happy that in June 2003, The Centre for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning at the School of Pharmacy and Bioengineering was the first education institution in the UK to have its programme for preparing pharmacists as supplemental prescribers recognised by the RPSGB. We were also among the first to provide an Independent Prescribing (IP) Conversion Course, and in 2007, our UK-leading programme produced the country’s first Pharmacist IP graduate. Since then, we have graduated Pharmacist Independent Prescribers and are now authorised to employ the Designated Prescribing Practitioner function.
Our course is particularly created for pharmacists, and both the course manager and instructors are qualified prescribers. Furthermore, the GPhC has authorised our programme for delivery via distance learning, requiring only four days of attendance at the University and two additional online study days over a six-month period. The courses’ distance learning structure allows busy health professionals to study where and when it is most convenient for them. If you’re still unsure whether the IP course is right for you, check out the Preparing to Prescribe toolbox produced by Surrey University with assistance from Keele.

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