Independent Prescribing Course

University of Huddersfield

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 Huddersfield
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH
Tel: 01484422288

Non-Medical Prescribing

Understand the responsibilities that come with being an independent prescriber, including understanding when and how to refer / consult / seek advice from another member of the healthcare team. * Use your clinical assessment abilities to:
1. Provide a functioning diagnostic
2. Create a treatment plan that includes the prescription of one or more medications, if necessary.
3. Perform a check-up procedure to assure patient safety.
4. Monitor therapy response
5. Review the working differential diagnosis and adjust or refer treatment
6. Consult / seek advice as needed.
Describe the pathophysiology of the condition being treated, as well as recognise the signs and symptoms of sickness, obtain an accurate history, and provide an appropriate clinical examination if needed.
Identify and evaluate sources of information, guidance, and decision support, and explain how they will be used in patient care while adhering to evidence-based practise and national/local guidelines when applicable.
Recognize, assess, and respond to individual, local, and national effects on prescription practise.
Prescribe in a safe, suitable, and cost-effective manner.
Develop an effective relationship and communication with patients, caregivers, other prescribers, and members of the health care team * Use common diagnostic aids, such as a stethoscope and a sphygmomanometer * Able to use diagnostic aids relevant to the condition(s) for which the pharmacist intends to prescribe, including monitoring response to therapy * Work within a prescribing partnership * Maintain accurate, effective, and timely records and ensure that other prescribers and members of the health care team

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