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Nurse or Midwife Independent and Supplementary Prescribing Level 7 7KNIP016

Key information

Subject area:

Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

Course type:

Assessed Module

Credit level:


Credit value:



11 days of blended learning plus 15 self-directed days over 26 weeks

Available course dates:

From: 23 April 2024 To: 13 August 2024
Application deadline: 31 March 2024

Course overview


This module is undertaken to enable registered first-level nurses and midwives who are graduates with a 2.1 or first degree and are experienced practitioners, to gain the NMC proficiencies and RPS competencies to prescribe within their scope of practice. The module aims to build upon previous knowledge and understanding of pharmacology, physical assessment, ethics and professional accountability in order to develop practitioner skills as rational and safe Independent/ Supplementary Prescribers. The module aims to ensure the student develops the competencies stated in The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Prescribing Competency Framework which underpins good prescribing practice.

What does this course cover?

On the module you will cover topics including:

  • Adherence
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics
  • Consultation skills, including medication history taking
  • Ethics and Teamwork
  • Evidence Based Prescribing Practice
  • Legal and Professional Aspects of Prescribing
  • Prescription Writing
  • Public Health and De-Prescribing

What will I achieve?

At completion of the module practitioners will be able to demonstrate:

  • sound and comprehensive knowledge of relevant prescribing legislation including the development of clinical management plans within supplementary prescribing
  • up to date clinical and pharmaceutical knowledge based on an expert critical appraisal of relevant research and policy
  • in-depth evaluation of internal and external influences that may impact prescribing decisions
  • advanced understanding of roles of others involved in prescribing to work in partnership with care team members
  • an in-depth conceptual understanding of professional accountability particularly regarding issues of patient consent, safe delegation, remote prescribing and record keeping

At completion of the module practitioners will be:

  • effective and self-directed role models in the delivery of advanced care with the ability to advise peers regarding prescribing practice.

Practitioners will have the qualities and skills to:

  • prescribe rationally and safely in complex situations, applying the RPS Competency Framework
    undertake a systematic consultation with clients using advanced decision making and communication skills
  • contribute to clinical governance through critical reflection of practice, analysis of quality assurance and audit in the clinical area.

Who will I learn with?

Shelley Peacock

Senior Lecturer in Nursing Education

Who is this for?

For qualified nurses and midwives with the first degree of 2:1 or higher.

Applicants to the programme are required to complete documentation to demonstrate they meet the entry requirements of the module. Applications will only be considered if all required documents are submitted, completed in full and submitted with the required signatures.

Please ensure that you read this document about the application process prior to applying for the programme. This document contains additional information regarding the required documents and the document links will be visible.

Applicants are also encouraged to access the ‘Preparing to Prescribe’ toolkit which is also linked to the application page. This is an online resource that has been developed by the University of Surrey for aspiring non-medical prescribers.

How will I be assessed?

Practice portfolio, online exam (including numeracy)

What is the teaching schedule?

Term 1 - 26/09/2023, 03/10, 10/10, 17/10, 24/10, 31/10, 07/11, 14/11, 21/11, 28/11, 30/01/2024

Term 1 – submit 9th April 24

Term 2 - 09/01/2024, 16/01, 23/01, 30/01, 06/02, 13/02, 20/02, 27/02, 05/03, 12/03, 14/05

Term 2 – submit 9th July 24

Term 3 - 23/04/2024, 30/04, 07/05, 14/05, 21/05, 28/05, 04/06, 11/06, 18/06, 25/06, 13/08

Term 3 – submit 8th October 24

Course status:

Course closed

Full fee £3920

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