Independent Prescribing Course

University of Leeds

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 Leeds
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: The Faculty of Medicine and Health University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel: +44 (0)113 2431751

Non-Medical Prescribing

Development and implementation of a cluster randomised controlled trial to assess the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of pharmacist-assisted prescription for patients living in nursing homes.


WP1 Service specification creation

WP2 Identifying outcome measures

WP3 Economic forecasting

WP4 Training Materials

WP5 Feasibility analysis

WP6: Definitive cluster randomised controlled trial with internal pilot.


According to research, over 70% of care home residents make at least one drug blunder on any given day. Three recent investigations and NICE advice show that the prescribing, monitoring, and administration of medications in nursing homes might be greatly improved, therefore raising residents’ quality of life and optimising NHS resource usage. According to research, each care facility requires one person to accept overall responsibility for the management of drugs.

We suggest that this function be filled by a pharmacist independent prescriber (PIP), who is largely responsible for the authorization of repeat medications.

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