Independent Prescribing Course

University of Plymouth

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 Plymouth
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Plymouth Devon PL4 8AA United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1752 600600

Non-Medical Prescribing

You will get a better knowledge of the theoretical, analytical, and clinical aspects of prescription while working within a solid framework for obtaining histories, problem solving, accountability, and developing an analytical evidence-based basis for prescribing activities.

This subject is taught over the course of six months, over the course of 26 days. It employs a mixed learning pathway that includes 10 face-to-face teaching days and 16 self-directed days supplemented with a distant learning package. There is also one day of review, one day of test, and one day of tutorials on the final day. An extra 90 hours of practise, aided by a properly competent independent prescription assessor, develops and embeds knowledge in your own clinical context.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (2016) Competency Framework for all Prescribers is used to track learning outcomes.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be listed as an independent and supplemental prescriber on the respective regulatory authorities’ register.

The Health and Care Professions Council has approved it. The General Pharmaceutical Council has approved it. The Nursing and Midwifery Council has approved it.

This engaging, demanding, and modern non-medical prescription curriculum is intended to fulfil the requirements and expectations of a wide spectrum of healthcare professionals:

  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Physiotherapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Paramedics
  • Therapeutic radiographers
  • Pharmacists

This 40-credit module can be studied at the degree or master’s level, depending on your prior level of study and the supervision of your regulating authority.

The goal of this module is to help health care professionals enhance their careers by enabling them to grasp broader influences and prescribing principles in order to perform safely and effectively within their area of professional practise.

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