Independent Prescribing Course

University of East Anglia

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 East Anglia
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1603 456161

Non-Medical Prescribing

Independent prescription is a common feature of healthcare delivery in the United Kingdom. Nurses, midwives, and other Allied Healthcare Professionals are prescribing for a variety of acute and chronic diseases that have been reviewed as clinically safe and acceptable, and this is warmly appreciated by service users.

This curriculum is intended to fulfil the Health and Care Professions Council’s prescription standards (HCPC 2019) as well as A Competency Framework for All Prescribers (RPS 2016). Registrants who finish the module can demonstrate that they satisfy the criteria and ask to have their name added to the registry as an Independent Prescriber.


Learners must be an HCPC-registered Chiropodist/Podiatrist, Physiotherapist, Therapeutic Radiographer, or Paramedic with at least one year of experience.

Students must be able to demonstrate their capacity to study at the Level 7 level. CPD Students must demonstrate 40 credits at level 6 with a grade point average of more than 60 percent and/or one 20-credit level 7 module with a grade point average of 50 percent or above.

Learners will typically have completed a physical assessment and history taking programme or have a demonstrated track record of being able to evaluate and diagnose in their field of practise.

Learners must have the support of their employer as well as a sufficiently trained and prepared Designated Prescribing Practitioner (Practice Educator) who is willing to commit to a minimum of 78 hours of supervision.

You must also have an upgraded DBS check dated within three years of the program’s expected completion date, which cannot be shorter than ten months.

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