Independent and Supplementary Prescribing 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This specialist skills and post registration development short course is aimed at nurses, midwives, health visitors, physiotherapists and podiatrists. It offers you the opportunity to develop the competencies required to become an independent and supplementary prescriber.

The content of this short course meets the requirements of both the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC, 2006) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC, 2013) prescribing standards.

This outline syllabus identifies the principal areas of knowledge, understanding and abilities required to underpin the practice of prescribing:

• Consultation, clinical decision-making and therapy, including monitoring and referral

• Physical examination, assessment and history taking including medication history and reconciliation

• Modification and cessation of medication in response to clinical indices

• Influences on, and psychology of, prescribing

• Prescribing in a team context

• Communication with service users and/or carers regarding medicines compliance, concordance and/or adherence

• Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co-morbidity, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapeutics, adverse drug reactions, interactions and adverse incidents

• Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to prescribing

• Legal context relevant to supplementary and independent prescribing, including controlled drugs, mixing of medicines, off-label prescribing of medicines and the prescribing of unlicensed medicines

• Independent and supplementary prescribing mechanisms and the supply/administration of medicines

• Policy and ethical aspects

• Professional accountability and responsibility relating to independent and supplementary prescribing

• Prescribing in the public health context including antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention/control

• Clinical Management Plans

Start date:
This course has multiple start dates:


9 months, part-time

30 Master's level credits


Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this short course are clearly identified in the DH (2005), and (2006) Guides for Implementation as well as the NMC (2006) and HCPC (2013) prescribing standards. Further regulatory body guidance is incorporated into the course application form and processes to reflect pre-course requirements.

You must:

•  Hold current registration with either the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

•  Have a designated medical practitioner who meets eligibility for medical supervision of non medical prescribers and who has agreed to provide the required term of supervised practice.

•  Have an Honours degree or provide evidence via the Accreditation of Prior and Learning (APL) process of your ability to study at Honours level.

•  Provide evidence of an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check which has been deemed suitable by the organisation for your impending prescribing role. The DBS must have been undertaken within the last three years.

If you are registered with the NMC you must also:

•  Be a registered first level nurse, midwife and/or specialist community public health nurse.

•  Have at least three years' experience as a practising nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse. Of these three years, the year immediately preceding application, you must have practiced in the clinical field in which you intend to prescribe. Part time workers must have practiced for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by their employer.


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Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


You will spend a total of 12 days (90 hours) in supervised practice, which will be facilitated by your designated medical practitioner.

Career opportunities

This short course may assist you to meet the specialist skills and post- registration development requirements stipulated by your employer/professional regulator. On successful completion you may be eligible to apply for registration with either the NMC or HCPC as an independent and supplementary prescriber.

Professional links and accreditations

This course meets the regulatory body and professional body standards of the:

• Nursing and Midwifery Council

• Health and Care Professions Council

• Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

This course also assesses you against the National Prescribing Centre (2012) Single Competency Framework for all Prescribers.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, fieldwork and work based learning.Your studies will be supported by the University's virtual learning environment.

Assessment will include a pharmacology examination, an in-class numeracy test, submission of a case study and a portfolio.

You must be able to personally use and read a standard BNF/BNFc document and may not use the assistance of a 3rd party to read and understand the paper in the numeracy test or pharmacology examination.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.

Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

∗permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

Please contact the Student Finance Office for more information about 2017/18 fees and finance.

You may be eligible for funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. Detailed guidance on such funding arrangements is available in their funding guide. For further information please contact the SSPRD Admissions Team.


Information on course fees can be obtained from the Student Finance Office.

This course may be eligible for funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. Detailed guidance on such funding arrangements is available in their Funding Guide.

Other information

The University of Huddersfield operates an attendance monitoring system. Further details can be found in the Attendance Monitoring Policy.

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the additional information form together with the part-time courses application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.

Your mentor and manager will need to complete the following forms:

• Manager form

• Medical mentor form

• Information sheet for your medical mentor

Please return all four forms together, as your application will not be processed until all forms have been received.

Closing dates: For commencement in September 2017 the closing date is 31 July 2017. For commencement in January 2018 the closing date is 27 November 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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