Independent Prescribing Course

University of Strathclyde

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 Strathclyde
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: 16 Richmond Street Glasgow G1 1XQ
Tel: +44 (0)141 552 4400

Non-Medical Prescribing

This section of the course is all at Scottish Masters (SHEM) level 5. It is offered during two residential sessions taught at the University of Strathclyde.

The initial five-day residential programme contains four classes at five credits each:

cardiovascular, respiratory illness, diabetes, drug abuse, renal medicine, and co-morbidities treatments
Communicating with patients and colleagues prescription and public health care planning Full attendance is required during the residential stay.

The second residential term (one day) is usually scheduled 12 weeks following the first residential period. Peer review meetings are held to show clinical and ethical practise.

The goal is to offer you with opportunities to hone your prescribing skills. This time focuses on the patient group(s) for whom you will be prescribing. The PLP begins following the first residential term.

The PLP consists of a series of sessions (full and/or half days) that include prescription and clinical exercises. This should correspond to a minimum of 12 days (90 hours), however this is subject to judgement by the pharmacist and their supervisor depending on the challenges of the particular prescription responsibilities that different pharmacists are adopting.

This PLP time will be utilised to hone clinical skills such as:

accurate assessment history-taking identification and response to common indications and symptoms
development of a workable diagnostic

During this time, you will be under the supervision of a designated prescribing prescriber, who will be in charge of validating your competence to practise.

A portfolio demonstrating that the requisite time was spent and learning goals were attained, as well as a statement of evaluation from the appropriate medical supervisor, will be presented.

The evaluation will establish the pharmacist’s clinical competence in the area(s) in which they seek to prescribe.

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