Independent Prescribing

This Course has been designed to enable suitably experienced nurses, midwives, paramedics, pharmacists, and physiotherapists to become independent prescribers. This will allow them to prescribe medications within their scope of practice and competence. This course has been designed to facilitate practitioners in achieving prescribing competency as set out by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) document “A competency framework for all prescribers”, and in line with the Standards for prescribing set out by the respective regulators. This course combines the existing stand alone prescribing module with a Developing and Evidencing Prescribing Competence module, allowing the practitioner to fully develop end evidence theire prescribing practice and attain a full award.

The independent prescribing module will be a good choice for suitably experienced registered health care professionals who wish to become independent prescribers. Completing this module would allow practitioners to prescribe within the relevant area of practice

This short course is accredited by NMC, GPhC and HCPC.

Independent/Supplementary Prescribing for NMC Registrants CA4D013 Glyntaff Campus 9 months September
Independent/Supplementary Prescribing for GPhC and HCPC Registrants CA4D012 Glyntaff Campus 9 months September

This course provides a Postgraduate Certificate in Independent Prescribing Practice. 

  •  In order for nurse / midwife / Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) to attain prescribing annotation they would need to complete module Independent Prescribing for NMC registrants.
  • This module is a modification of the previous USW prescribing module. The modifications have been undertaken to meet the current NMC prescribing standards (NMC 2018). 
  • In order for a pharmacist or suitable HCPC registrant to attain prescribing annotation they would complete module Independent Prescribing for GPhC and HCPC registrants.
  • The course is designed to provide opportunities for students to further develop their knowledge, skills, understanding and competence to be able to effectively and safely prescribe in their area of practice.    

Blended teaching. Mixing face to face study days and distance learning.

Face to face study is a mixture of lead lectures, tutorials and physical assessment sessions. Utilising a range of experts from within the university as well as from our partner trusts

Theoretical learning will be managed through blended facilitated learning processes that include distance education, lectures, tutorials, workshops, participant-led learning activities and use of simulated learning environments.  

Work-based – practice learning will focus on supporting prescribing competence development within the context of the participants practice. 

The participants will have support from practice based tutors (Designated Prescribing Practitioners (GPhC and HCPC) and practice supervisor and practice and academic assessors (NMC). The practice based tutors will offer educational support and play a key role in assessment and responsibilities for signing off competence. 

Students will be allocated either a Thursday or Friday study day. The 15 days face to face will be spread out across the year. Students will also be expected to complete the 130 hours of directed study and 235 hours of independent study. 

Additionally, 100 hours of supervised learning will be undertaken in practice The support given by the students clinical environment to the development of prescribing practice is key


Ben Pitcher

Simon Young

Paul Deslandes

David Oneil

Sara Morgan

Chris Nash

All Nursing and Midwifery applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Valid registration on Part 1 of the Professional register maintained by the NMC.
  • Have at least one year’s post-registration clinical nursing experience.
  • Have appropriate experience in the area of practice in which they will be prescribing; the employing organisation will assess and confirm the appropriate experience in areas of practice.
  • An ability to study at academic level 6. Candidates without a first degree must provide evidence of being able to work at level 6 (e.g. Possession of a relevant diploma/degree), and may be asked to submit evidence of relevant experience and/or study.
  • Support from the employing organisation whose responsibility it is to supply practice supervisors and practice assessors for the candidate.

All pharmacist applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • All pharmacist applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Applicants must be registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or, in Northern Ireland, with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI). 
  • Applicants must be in good standing with the GPhC and/or PSNI and any other healthcare regulator with which they are registered. 
  • Applicants must have relevant experience in a UK pharmacy setting and be able to recognise, understand and articulate the skills and attributes required by a prescriber to act as the foundation of their prescribing practice whilst training. 
  • For the purposes of developing their independent prescribing practice applicants must identify an area of clinical or therapeutic practice on which to base their learning.  
  • Applicants must have a designated prescribing practitioner who has agreed to supervise their learning in practice. The applicant’s designated prescribing practitioner must be a registered healthcare professional in Great Britain or Northern Ireland with legal independent prescribing rights, who is suitably experienced and qualified to carry out this supervisory role, and who has demonstrated CPD or revalidation relevant to this role. Although an applicant may be supervised by more than one person, only one prescriber must be the designated prescribing practitioner. The designated prescribing practitioner is the person who will certify that successful pharmacists are competent to practise as independent prescribers. 


Once the eligibility form has been checked and verified, and the applicant has been identified as eligible to study, they will be offered a Telephone or face to face interview. This will be used to clarify information submitted on the form and to confirm the appropriateness of the applicant’s intentions for prescribing. Interviews take place Between April and Spetemeber.

1. Ten critical reflective accounts (weighting 40%). Each account must be passed at 40%.

2. Written Examination – calculations examination and MCQ/SAQ (weightng 10%)

  • Calculations section (Pass mark 100%).
  • pharmacology and prescribing practice section (Pass mark 80%).

3. Record of work based learning (weighting 40%):

  • Two in - practice Assessements
  • Log of hours 100 hours supervised practice
  • Evidence of the development of prescribing competence 
  • A supplementary prescribing Clinical Management Plan.
  • Evidence of competence in physical assessment document. 

 Participants will have an induction at the beginning of the course. This will also include an induction to the services offered by the learning resource centre, study skills, advice zone staff and student services.

Participants will be allocated a Personal Tutor to offer support and guidance with all aspects of the course. Participants will also be nominated an academic assessor to fulfil the role of taking responsibility for a supporting learning in practice.

Participants will have a nominated individual(s) from their practice setting to support and promote opportunities for the participant to develop their skills in relation to prescribing. The practice supervisors / assessors will be supported in their role by the course team.

NMC registered nurses, midwives and SCPHNs undertaking the course will be allocated nominated Practice Supervisor(s), a Practice Assessor and Academic Assessor to support supervise and assess their learning and measure the achievement of prescribing competence. These individuals will have suitable qualifications and experience in relation to prescribing.

Office hours and meetings with participants will be flexible with due consideration of participants working patterns

  • Online learning environment
  • Clinical simulation suite

Interested in Applying?

If you have any further questions, or you'd like to apply for this course, please contact module manager, Ben Pitcher.

Contact email: [email protected]