This module will enable nurses to prescribe safely and effectively. It is designed as an interdisciplinary module, for all non-medical health professions permitted by law to prescribe. The course focuses on pharmacology and the knowledge base which underpins prescribing medicines and also on prescribing in practice.

Students to be able to apply to record the prescribing short course/module (independent and/or supplementary prescribing) with their professional body as:

  • Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (V300) for Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Members
  • Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Members


Learning outcomes:

  1. Discuss the clinical significance of drug prescribing and the mechanisms of the drug actions (pharmacodynamics), and the possible interaction of these drugs with other body systems to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively.
  2. Apply effective examination and assessment of patients across the life span for conditions of different systems of the body, and maintain an appropriate and comprehensive recording system.
  3. Investigate patients’ conditions and prescribe suitable medications and treatment schedules in light of their likely responses, monitoring critically the therapeutic action, side effects, and any adverse effects.
  4. Evaluate the treatment prescribed and the clinical significance of potentially serious drug interactions, taking account of the evidence-based practice and national/local guidelines.
  5. Ensure monitoring of responses to drugs prescribed for different conditions, and apply knowledge of drug actions and interactions in order to modify treatment or refer the patient, as appropriate.
  6. Evaluate practice within a framework of professional and legal accountability for independent and/or supplementary prescribing within the health professions.
  7. Reflect on current prescribing models in NHS settings, and on influences on prescribing practice at individual, local and national levels, in order to promote safe management of clients.
  8. Examine current laws and legislation related to independent and supplementary prescribing, and ensure effective implementation.
  9. Develop an effective relationship and communication with patients, carers, other prescribers and members of the health care team involved in the prescribing, supplying and administration of medicines.
  10. Discuss practical and ethical issues in prescribing for vulnerable groups e.g. children, adolescents, the elderly and people with mental health problems.


Who is the module for?

  • Level 1 registered nurses with 3 years post qualification experience of which the last year has been working in the field in which the nurse intends to prescribe.
  • Health practitioners registered with the Health and Care Professions Council who wish to obtain a qualification in prescribing and legally permitted to do so.

Module code:

Prescribing for nurses: CLP6022Z
Prescribing for AHPs: CLP6023Z

Entry criteria:

  • Ability to calculate medication dosages accurately
  • Registration with the appropriate professional body e.g. NMC (1st level), HPC or RPSGB
  • Two years’ experience (HCPC) or three years experience (NMC)
  • The year immediately preceding application to the module must have been in the clinical field in which the participant intends to prescribe
  • Part-time workers must have practised for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by their employer, equivalent to professional bodies requirements above
  • Registrants with NMC or HPC require evidence of physical assessment and history taking skills
  • Evidence of ability to study at minimum academic level sevenIn addition, written confirmation will be needed from:
  • The employer/Trust showing their support for the participant to undertake the module
  • Agreement from the Trust Prescribing Lead for the participant to undertake the module or PCT as appropriate
  • A designated medical practitioner (DMP) or who meets eligibility criteria for medical supervision and who has agreed to provide the required term of supervised practice
  • Prescribing for AHPs (independent and supplementary prescribing): Please contact Ahmed Younis, Course Leader (details below)
  • 26 study days require 100% attendance (NMC/HCPC requirement)
  • Please note the course is a whole academic year to meet the course objectives and submission
  • No other academic modules are supported while undertaking the prescribing module
  • The applicant must be in an appropriate clinical practitioner role

Number of credits and level of study: 60 credits at level 6. The course is also offered as a postgraduate award (level 7).

Assessment: Examination (50%) and portfolio (50%)

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 26 days

Module dates:*

Please note: completed applications must be received 3 weeks before the first teaching date of the course. Any application received after this date will be put forward for the next module run.

  • 3, 10, 17, 24 Feb, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Mar, 7, 13, 21, 28 Apr, 4, 5, 12, 19, 26 May, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Jun, 7, 14 (OSCE), 28 Jul 2017
  • 28 September, 5, 12, 19, 26 October, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November, 7, 14, 21 December 2017, 4, 11, 18, 25 January, 1, 8, 15, 22 February, 1, 8, 15, 21 (OSCE) March, 5 April 2018
  • 26 January, 2, 9, 16, 23 February, 2, 9, 16, 22, 29 March, 6, 13, 20, 26, 27 April, 4, 11, 18, 25 May, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 June, 6 (OSCE), 20 July 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £2700

Module leader:

Programme: This module is part of the Health Care Practice DipHE/BSc(Hons)


Prescribing for AHPs (independent and supplementary prescribing): Anne-Marie Hassenkamp or Kumud Titmarsh, Module Leaders

Prescribing for nurses: Donna Barleycorn, Module Leader