Independent Prescribing Course

University of Worcester

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 Worcester
Independent Prescribing Course
Address: Henwick Grove, WR2 6AJ
Tel: 01905 855 000

Non-Medical Prescribing

The Post Graduate Certificate in Pharmacist Independent Prescribing is designed for licenced pharmacists with at least two years of patient-oriented experience in a relevant UK practise environment after registration.
This therapeutically enriched course is supported by four study domains: person-centered care, professionalism, professional knowledge and skills, and teamwork (GPhC 2019). You will grow as a clinical pharmacist who is taught to perform advanced responsibilities in person-centered care and encouraged to pursue clinically autonomous positions as a prescriber. Early patient experience in a work-based learning setting will allow you to contextualise your theoretical pharmacology knowledge and then apply it to practical prescription practise.
Through combined teaching in the Health Assessment and Independent Prescribing Modules, the University of Worcester course provides you with a clinically enhanced inter-professional educational opportunity, allowing you to collaborate with members of the multidisciplinary team such as nurses, midwives, paramedics, physiotherapists, therapeutic radiographers, and podiatrists.
After completing this course, you will have established skills in assessing health and social needs, obtaining histories, developing differential and working diagnoses, prescribing, analysing patient response, and optimising therapy within your area of practise.
Specialist lecturers, practitioners, and tutors with substantial expertise in prescribing in the acute and community sectors will provide the course.
Lectures, flipped classrooms, web-based learning, online discussion forums, seminars, workshops, problem-based learning, observed and supervised learning, practical sessions, and independent self-study were all used to teach.
Learning by doing to improve your clinical, diagnostic, and prescription abilities under the supervision of other healthcare experts, including your designated prescribing practitioner (GPhC 2019)
Possibilities to use specialised resources for simulated practise, such as the clinical skills laboratory
It is available as a standalone Post-Graduate Certificate in Pharmacist Independent Prescribing or as part of the Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice or the Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship (subject to approval)

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