Independent Prescribing Course

Sheffield Hallam 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.

Sheffield Hallam University
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB, UK
Tel: +44 (0)114 225 5555

Non-Medical Prescribing

The Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing is a 30-credit professional development course offered at the Level 7 level. It is approved by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and results in a professional award that allows winners to apply to the Registrar to have their entry on the register marked as an Independent Prescriber.

This module will provide the individual pharmacist with the skills and information required to fulfil the GPhC learning goals and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) learning outcomes in order to practise safely and effectively as a prescriber.

Students enrolled in this subject will already be working as pharmacists. It is intended for experienced primary, intermediate, and secondary care practitioners. Individuals will have defined a clinical practise area in which they intend to prescribe and will have current clinical expertise as indicated by applicable courses, post-graduate degrees, and/or experience learning.

The GPhC outlines entry into the course as well as course standards, syllabus, and delivery in the document ‘Standards for the education and training of pharmacist independent prescribers’ (the Standards), which was last revised in January 2019.

The completion of the programme will give the individual with role development, expanding practise to successful prescription. The curriculum will promote clinical practise while also increasing professional options.

The greater flexibility of a pharmacy staff with advanced practitioner abilities will benefit the organisation (independent non-medical prescribing).

Other advantages include expanded patient choice in pharmaceutical access and improved access to medications and medical care without jeopardising safety.

You will master the general concepts of prescription as well as specific physical assessment skills, which you will employ in clinical practise to demonstrate safe and effective prescribing in your chosen field of practise.
The course does not seek to teach therapeutics because course participants are expected to be familiar with therapeutics relevant to their chosen area of prescription practise. The course does, however, provide clinical management of several therapy areas pertinent to practitioners gaining expertise in the general population.

Learning pertaining to the practitioner’s chosen area of prescribing practise is advanced by organised independent learning, experiential learning, and the mentor(s)’ assistance while learning in practise.
As a result, learning focuses on the broader skills and concepts required of a prescribing pharmacist, as well as their application within a prescription environment, in order to build patient-centered, holistic, bio-psychosocial approaches to health.

Roles and obligations of an independent prescriber, operating within one’s own area of expertise yet knowing when to refer out.
Clinical skills include history taking, consultation, and physical assessment with appropriate diagnostic aids, as well as an understanding of disease pathophysiology and the ability to recognise signs and symptoms, monitor response to treatment, review working diagnoses, and ultimately develop a treatment plan.
Effective communication with patients and caregivers, as well as among the health care team, with solid record keeping abilities.
Case-based scenarios are used in the classroom to assist students to confront real-life issues in prescribing practise and help one another throughout the course.

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