Independent Prescribing Course

University of Central Lancashire

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.

University of Central Lancashire
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Preston, Lancashire, UK PR1 2HE
Tel: +44 1772 201 201

Non-Medical Prescribing

Nurses, midwives, pharmacists, physiotherapists, and podiatrists can all prescribe with the Advanced Certificate Non-medical Prescribing (subject to annotation of the relevant professional register). It is intended for practitioners who want to improve their clinical practise by prescribing as Independent Prescribers and/or Supplementary Prescribers using Clinical Management Plans in accordance with relevant professional standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (HCPC). Because the training is broad, you may apply the concepts directly to your particular practise area or expertise.

Nurses and midwives will get the V300 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing entry to the NMC register upon successful completion of the course and subsequent registration with the appropriate regulating authority.
Pharmacists will be given a ‘Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing,’ which they can use to get their GPhC registration noted.

The HCPC will provide a declaration of competence to Allied Health Professionals (physiotherapists, chiropodists/podiatrists, therapeutic radiographers) to practise as an Independent and/or Supplementary Prescriber.
The HCPC will provide a declaration of competence to practise as a Supplementary Prescriber to Allied Health Professionals (diagnostic radiographers, dieticians).

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