Independent Prescribing Course

Liverpool John Moores 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.

Liverpool John Moores University
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Byrom Street Liverpool L3 3AF
Tel: 0151 231 2248

Non-Medical Prescribing

The program’s overarching goal is to help students acquire the personal, professional, clinical, and diagnostic abilities needed to provide person-centered care as a pharmacist independent prescriber.

The course will teach you the skills and information you need to be a safe and successful independent prescriber. Successful completion of the course will establish your competency to apply for annotation as an independent prescriber on the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) registers.

The program’s modules address a variety of subjects pertaining to independent prescribing pharmacist practise and are aligned with the GPhC Standards for the education and training of pharmacist independent prescribers (January 2019).

The program’s outline syllabus is as follows:

The Prescriber’s Role Legal and Ethical Responsibilities in Prescription Equality and Diversity in Prescription Clinical History Taking Individual Patient Variation
The patient’s involvement and the incorporation of patient preferences in prescription
In clinical decision-making, evidence-based medicine is used.
In clinical decision-making, weighing risks and rewards
Recognizing one’s own competency boundaries
Patient mobilisation

Prescriptions for public health
Keeping vulnerable patients safe
Capability and competence
Investigations and testing
Treatment plans must be interpreted and adjusted.
Emerging prescribing technologies
Keeping records
Managing Influences on Prescription
In prescription, clinical governance and health economics are important considerations.
Managing worries about one’s own and others’ prescriptions
Accountability, responsibility, and prescribing competence
Other pertinent, emergent, or serious problems about prescribing

The curriculum consists of one 40-credit module (7208CPPHAR Independent prescribing for pharmacists). To be granted the Masters Certificate of Professional Development, all exams (see below) and a term of learning in practise (see below) must be satisfactorily completed (MCPD).

The curriculum takes a blended approach to learning, including seven face-to-face campus-based study days, and is designed so that students may apply and integrate their learning in their daily practise. Online resources and self-directed study enhance the study days. In addition, 90 hours of supervised practise with a designated prescribing practitioner (DPP) are required.

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