Independent Prescribing Course

University of South Wales

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 South Wales
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: CF37 1DL Pontypridd
Tel: 03455 76 01 01

Non-Medical Prescribing

This Course is intended to prepare qualified nurses, midwives, paramedics, pharmacists, and physiotherapists to become independent prescribers. They will be able to prescribe drugs within their area of practise and competency as a result of this. This course has been created to assist practitioners in acquiring prescription competency as outlined in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) paper “A competency framework for all prescribers” and in accordance with the various regulators’ prescribing standards. This course combines the previous stand-alone prescription module with a Developing and Evidencing Prescribing Competence module, allowing the practitioner to completely develop and demonstrate their prescribing practise and get a full award.

This programme leads to a Postgraduate Certificate in Independent Prescribing Practice.

To get prescribing annotation, a nurse, midwife, or Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) must complete the module Independent Prescribing for NMC registrants.
This module is an improvement on the previous USW prescription curriculum. The changes were made to satisfy the current NMC prescribing criteria (NMC 2018).
To get prescribing annotation, a pharmacist or qualified HCPC registrant must finish module Independent Prescribing for GPhC and HCPC registrants.
The course is intended to give students with chances to further expand their knowledge, skills, understanding, and competence in order to prescribe effectively and safely in their field of practise.

Blended learning Using a combination of face-to-face study days and distance learning.

Face-to-face learning consists of a combination of led lectures, tutorials, and physical assessment sessions. Using a variety of specialists from both the university and our partner trusts

Theoretical learning will be managed via mixed aided learning techniques such as remote education, lectures, tutorials, seminars, participant-led learning activities, and the usage of simulated learning environments.

Work-based – practise learning will focus on assisting participants in developing prescription competence within the context of their practise.

Participants will be assisted by practice-based tutors (GPhC and HCPC-designated prescribing practitioners), a practise supervisor, and practise and academic examiners (NMC). The practice-based tutors will provide instructional assistance as well as play an important role in assessment and evaluation.

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