Independent Prescribing Course

University of Cumbria

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 Cumbria
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Fusehill St, Carlisle CA1 2HH
Tel: 01228 588 588

Non-Medical Prescribing

This is an interesting programme of study that, upon completion, allows students to apply to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to have their qualification recorded and to practise as an Independent Pharmacist Prescriber. Pharmacist prescribing has developed to improve access to medications and to use pharmacists’ skills and knowledge in providing care. Pharmacists are able to finish episodes of care where appropriate, while also increasing their position within the team. Patients are pleased with their experience with Pharmacist Independent Prescribing.
Students usually note that this is the most difficult course they have taken since their pre-registration programme, but also the most gratifying. Students express satisfaction with the course’s organisation and the assistance offered for their preparation as prescribers. The programme delivery is intended to offer students with opportunities to obtain feedback to help them grow their knowledge, comprehension, and prescribing practise throughout the programme. We take into account all student comments and use it to improve the student experience and outcomes.

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