This postgraduate (Level 7) programme is designed to prepare nurses (Level 1) and midwives registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as well as physiotherapists /podiatrists/paramedics or therapeutic radiographers registered with the Health Care professions Council (HCPC) to register as Independent/Supplementary Prescriber on completion of the programme.
In addition, dieticians and diagnostic radiographers registered with the HCPC can register as a Supplementary Prescriber on completion of the programme. The Prescribing Competency Framework.
On successful completion the student will be awarded 45 credits at level 7 in addition to the professional qualification. Alternatively, this programme can be studied as an undergraduate (level 6)
Pharmacists wishing to undertake the prescribing programme should visit the practice certificate in Prescribing for Pharmacists page.
One of the major changes promoted within the NHS 5 Year Forward plan is the changing roles of nurses/midwives and allied health professionals who with appropriate training can undertake some of the roles previously under taken by doctors. The Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (V300) programme addresses this by preparing nurses/midwives and allied health professionals to prescribe.
The programme has been validated by the NMC and prepares students to prescribe from the BNF within their competency and professional bodies’ authorisation.
The curriculum has been designed with expert advice from a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and academics to address the academic and clinical demands of the role of a prescriber.
The programme is designed to have a 50:50 split between theory and practice. You will be taught general principles in class, but will need to relate these to your own practice area with the support of your practice supervisor and practice assessor. You must complete 12 days (84 hours) in a supernumerary capacity observing a variety of prescribing decisions. The student will be allocated time for these practice days but is responsible for organising suitable experiences to enhance their knowledge.
How to apply
Initially contact your education and prescribing lead, as they will need to be involved in approving your application and interviewing with the university.
Complete the online application form. Once it has been processed you will be asked to complete a number of appendices.
Structure and assessment
In order to achieve the professional qualification of Independent/Supplementary (V300) Prescriber students must pass 2 modules:
PRES 5005 Applied Prescribing
PRES 5006 Pharmacology for Prescribers.
PRES 3005 Applied Prescribing Module
This is a 30 credit module taught over 2 semesters.
It is assessment by the completion of:
- practice portfolio (pass/fail)
- two reflections of 2000 words each (pass mark 50%)
The practice portfolio is assessed by the practice assessor in conjunction with the practice supervisor and academic assessor and is designed to ensure that you meet the competencies contained within “A competency Framework for all prescribers” (Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 2016)
PRES 3006 Pharmacology for Prescribers Module
This is a 15 credit module and is assessed by:
- 30 minute numeracy exam (pass mark 100%)
- 2 hour pharmacology exam (pass mark 80%)
- 2500 word assignment (pass mark 50%)
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences facilities
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
You will need to complete 78 hours practice experience where you are able to observe and reflect on other prescribing decisions. You will need to work with your Designated Medical Practitioners to achieve the prescribing competencies for this programme.
This advanced specialist recordable qualification for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will be a valuable asset in your professional toolkit. It is designed to prepare advanced and specialist practitioners with the critical thinking skills to influence and develop quality and innovation in prescribing service delivery within the prescribing team, with the aim of promoting greater safety and quality care for your patients.