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Non-Medical Prescribing Programme

6th November 2023


This 40-credit module will enable autonomous nurse/midwife practitioners and AHPs to demonstrate safe prescribing practice within their own scope of practice. On successful completion practitioners will gain academic accreditation and advanced skills required to prescribe safely in line with current professional regulation and thus will be eligible to record the qualification Independent & Supplementary Prescriber with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the HCPC.

This is a professional qualification and can be undertaken as a stand-alone module or as part of a package of modules which together can build to an MSc Advanced Clinical Practice or MSc Advancing Practice.

Course Details

 During the module you will develop the skills required to undertake a comprehensive and safe consultation, exploring theory and practical applications of knowledge to prescribing practice.

The principles of pharmacology will be developed and applied to clinical situations through the development of a Competency portfolio linked Royal Pharmaceutical Society Framework for Prescribers (2016). Consideration will be given to differential diagnoses, diagnostic tools utilised in practice and the safety netting of all prescribing decisions. Theories and methods underpinning clinical reasoning and decision-making in healthcare, advanced communication strategies, legal and ethical issues of advanced assessment and evidence based practice will be explored within the module.

Teaching approaches are varied, using an active-blended learning approach and include lectures, interactive group work, online learning activities, enquiry based learning . You will have access to tutor support throughout the module. Students will have 12 face-to-face taught days at the University, with online activity days and the completion of a competency portfolio over an 18 week period.

The assessment strategies in this programme offer students the opportunity, through critical reflection, evaluation and synthesis to review their personal learning, development and practice in relation to prescribing. Assessment methods are varied and include:

Portfolio of evidence – providing a purposeful compilation of a student’s evidence and achievement in relation to prescribing within their area of practice. Completion of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (2016) Competency Framework will demonstrate practical application of the core competencies associated with Prescribing Practice – this is verified and signed off by the Practice Assessor, Practice Supervisors and the Academic Assessor (NMC) or a Designated Medical Practitioner for the HCPC module.

Short answer paper – an assessment under examination conditions, a written Pharmacology exam with open-ended questions requiring students to create an answer or choose from multiple answers.

Exam – an assessment under examination conditions to assess numerical skills and their application to Prescribing Practice.

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Please be aware that there are limited places available for this programme. All applicants will need to attend a funding interview w/c 20th November 

Please be aware that we have changed the criteria for the Non-Medical Prescribing course for this intake. In order to be considered for the NISP you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed the Advanced Assessment & Clinical Reasoning Module
  • Have undertaken a level 6 module in any of the following and  routinely run chronic disease clinics for these conditions independently.
    • Asthma 
    • COPD 
    • Diabetes 
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Course Details


University of Northampton


18 weeks Part Time