Independent Prescribing Course

University of Manchester

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 Manchester
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Oxford Rd Manchester M13 9PL UK
Tel: +44 (0) 161 306 6000

Non-Medical Prescribing

Supports pharmacists and NMC registrants in becoming independent prescribers in their field of practise.
Learn from a variety of doctors, pharmacists, and nurses.
Learn how to use fundamental prescription skills such as history collection, physical examination, and clinical reasoning.
The majority of your courses will revolve around you thanks to our blended learning strategy.
Study at a university that is ranked second in the UK for Nursing and fifth for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2021).
In addition to achieving our academic admission criteria, pharmacists must hold the following qualifications:
Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council or the Northern Ireland Pharmaceutical Society.
At least two years of patient-focused post-registration experience in a UK hospital, community, or primary care environment.
An specified clinical practise area in which to hone your prescription abilities, as well as one year of post-registration clinical experience in this field.
Clinical, pharmacological, and pharmaceutical information that is current and relevant to your planned field of prescribing.
An agreement with an experienced independent prescriber to serve as your Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) for the 90 hours of practise learning.
In addition to fulfilling our academic admission criteria, NMC registrants must have the following:
The Nursing & Midwifery Council requires first-level registration (for nurses and midwives).
At least one year of patient-focused experience after registration.
An specified clinical practise area in which to hone your prescription abilities, as well as one year of post-registration clinical experience in this field.
Agreements with two experienced independent prescribers to serve as your Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor during your 90 hours of practise learning; these two responsibilities should not be performed by the same individual.
You must be able to practise clinical/health assessment, diagnostics/care management, planning, and evaluating care in your designated area of prescription practise in a safe and effective manner.
You must have access to a computer with a high-speed, dependable internet connection. A basic degree of computer abilities is necessary, including the ability to use the Blackboard virtual learning environment to discover teaching and learning resources, as well as access and submit assessments (with initial basic training)
interact via email, and use Microsoft Word or equivalent word processing software efficiently
utilise the internet to find websites, scan documents, and upload them
navigate via e-learning programmes
take part in internet conferencing (webinars).

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