Non-Medical Prescribing AdvCert

Non-Medical Prescribing AdvCert

The Non-medical Prescribing course is taught by an experienced multidisciplinary team. Nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and podiatrists benefit from learning together in a modern and well-equipped learning environment.

The course covers content as stipulated by each of the professional bodies (NMC, GPhC and HCPC) as follows:

- Consultation, decision making, assessment and review of therapy, including non-drug treatment
- Influences on and psychology of prescribing
- Context of prescribing – team, supplementary, independent
- Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of comorbidity
- Pathophysiology, natural history and progression of defined conditions for which the professional may prescribe
- Principles and methods of patient monitoring
- Evidence based practice and clinical governance in relation to non-medical prescribing
- Legal policy and ethical aspects in relation to non-medical prescribing, including unlicensed and off-license medicines, remote prescribing, botulinum toxin and related products
- Professional accountability and responsibility in relation to non-medical prescribing
- Prescribing in the public health context
- Policy in Trust, local health economy and national contexts
- Reflective approaches and continuing professional development

Entry and Admissions


ANCILLARY AWARD:Post-Registration

LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time



SCHOOL: School of Community Health and Midwifery

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: Jan 2020 , Feb 2020, April 2020

Entry Requirements:

All entrants must meet the following requirements:

Be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Level 1 Registered Nurse, Midwife and /or Specialist Community Public Health Nurse) or the General Pharmaceutical Council and/or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland or the Health and Care Professions Council.

Nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses and relevant allied health professionals are required to have a minimum of three years relevant post-registration experience. Nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses are required to have been in the clinical field they intend to prescribe for at least one year immediately preceding application to the course. Pharmacists must have a minimum of two years appropriate patient orientated experience in addition to the pre-registration year.

Approval by the relevant Trust NMP lead and manager (not required for self-funding applicants, although additional information may be required to ensure that the entry criteria on the application form are met).

Ability to identify the benefits to practice of undertaking the course.

Every applicant must hold a current criminal identity check (enhanced disclosure) via Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) prior to admission to the programme. It is a requirement of the Health and Care Professions Council that allied health professionals show the original copy to the admissions tutor or sign a self declaration form regarding criminal conviction status until such time as the formal DBS has been completed and cleared.

Be working in, or able to access a practice environment that will enable you to meet and achieve the course learning outcomes.

Be able to satisfy the Course Leader that you have sufficient expertise and competence in the chosen area of prescribing (through application form and/or informal interview).

Be able to identify a designated medical practitioner (DMP) who has experience in relevant field of practice; trained and experienced in supervising, supporting and assessing trainees; who has agreed to provide the trainee with opportunities to develop competencies in prescribing, supervise support and assess clinical practice.

Demonstrate ability to study at academic level 6 or 7.

All entrants must have a basic familiarity with Internet usage and Microsoft word processing. University support is available for less confident students.
Some of the course content is delivered via the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) known as Blackboard and via a Web Resource. The University computer labs meet the specifications required to use this. If you choose to use this resource at home you will need:

A computer with an audio playback capability including speakers or headphones, Windows Media Player 
Internet access / modem /dial up (Minimum connection of 56KB) and Internet Explorer 5 or above
Windows 98, Windows Millennium, Windows 2000 or Windows XP operating systems
Adobe reader (to view PDF files).
Chrome is the preferred web browser to use for some of the course resources.
It is a requirement of the Health and Care Professions Council that allied health professions provide a medical certificate verifying that they are in good health.

NB: The GPhC require that applicants are made aware that the successful completion of an accredited course is not a guarantee of annotation or of future employment as a pharmacist independent prescriber.  Upon passing the NMP course pharmacists must apply to the Registrar of the GPhC and pay the relevant GPhC’s fee- see GPhC website:

The university’s GPhC's accreditation report can be found at the GPhC website:

DBS Checks:

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Course Content

The Advanced Certificate Non-medical Prescribing enables nurses, midwives, pharmacists, physiotherapists and podiatrists to prescribe (subject to annotation of the relevant professional register). It is aimed at practitioners who wish to enhance their clinical practice by prescribing as Independent Prescribers and/or as Supplementary Prescribers using Clinical Management Plans according to relevant professional standards as stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The generic nature of the course enables you to apply the theory directly to your own practice area or speciality.

On successful completion of the course and subsequent registration with the appropriate regulatory body:

  • Nurses and midwives will receive the V300 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing entry to the NMC register.
  • Pharmacists will receive a ‘Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing’ which can be used to have their entry in the GPhC register annotated.
  • Allied Health Professionals (physiotherapists, chiropodists/podiatrists, therapeutic radiographers) will receive a statement of competence to practice as an Independent and/or Supplementary Prescriber from the HCPC.
  • Allied Health Professionals (diagnostic radiographers, dieticians) will receive a statement of competence to practice as a Supplementary Prescriber from the HCPC.

All successful candidates will receive an Advanced Certificate Non-medical Prescribing.

This course is offered as a double module and attracts 40 credits at level 6 (NU3023) or 40 credits at level 7 (NU4023). Students may only undertake one of these modules.

The course is delivered four times a year, commencing September (Thursdays), January (Wednesdays NB not for pharmacists), February (Wednesdays and Fridays) and April (Thursdays and Fridays NB not for pharmacists).

The course comprises a combination of taught study days within the University and via directed study using the university’s resources, a Non-medical Prescribing Web Resource and the University’s online learning environment (Blackboard). It can be taken as a free-standing module or as part of MSc Advanced Practice.

PHARMACISTS with 2 years relevant post-qualification experience are eligible to apply for either of two prescribing courses offered by UCLan:

Both of these UCLan courses lead to qualification as an Independent Prescriber upon successful completion of the course. However the application process and teaching dates are different so PHARMACISTS should read BOTH sets of course information before applying.

This course comprises 26 theory days and 12 practice placement days over a six month period, in line with Department of Health requirements.

Students will undertake 13 days of direct multi-professional teaching and one day for examinations at the University.

Students will undertake 12 days of directed study based upon their identified learning needs. All students will be required to identify an area of clinical practice for which they could prescribe and focus on during the course.

Practice days are negotiated between the student and their designated medical practitioner (DMP) but must be completed within the duration of the course. A minimum of 6 of the practice days must be spent with the DMP (ie. 45 hours).

Students can choose to study at either level 6 or 7 depending on their academic qualifications and experience. All students will have to demonstrate safe and competent practice whether studying at level 6 or level 7. If students are unsure at which level to study  please discuss this further with the course leader who will advise you accordingly. Please note there are no APEL opportunities due to the professional requirements of the course.

Learning Environment & Assessment

The course is designed for experienced practitioners and the use of student-centred teaching and learning strategies is central to the course design. The sessions are delivered by a very experienced multi-professional team via a range of approaches including: lectures, group discussions, case studies, seminars, tutorials, online Blackboard materials and an interactive elearning Web Resource. In addition, the opportunity afforded by shared multi-professional learning will enhance your educational experience.

Student support from module supervisors will be ongoing throughout the programme, which includes direct contact and via email and telephone.

Assessment of the course is in four parts, all of which must be passed in order to successfully complete the course. These are the production of a 4000 word portfolio of professional development in prescribing practice, written examination, Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and achievement of competence in practice. Students who undertake the level 7 module (NU4023) will also have a viva voce with the OSCE.

Academic Expertise

The teaching team is very experienced in delivering prescribing programmes, with team members having a wide range of relevant skills, experience and qualifications.  Examples of teaching team members’ other relevant roles include clinical practice, prescribing, Chair of the North West Non-medical Prescribing Education Group, membership of prescribing forums, and external examiner posts on prescribing courses at other UK universities.  The teaching team have well established links with Trust Non-medical Prescribing Leads throughout the region. All members of the teaching team are published authors. Many are actively involved in research related to prescribing or related topics.

Learning outcome & aims

The course prepares professionals to practise as Independent Prescribers and /or Supplementary Prescribers, according to relevant professional standards as stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Health and Care Professions Council.

Industry links & professional accreditation

The course team have close links with local NHS Trusts and Primary Care Organisations in addition to the Health and Education Co-operative.

The course is accredited by the NMC, GPhC and HCPC for podiatrists, physiotherapists and paramedics.

Work experience and international opportunities

The course incorporates 12 days clinical practice.

Graduate Careers

The module is an Advanced Certificate in its own right but also forms part of the undergraduate and postgraduate pathways of other programmes.


"I have recently passed my non-medical prescribing course! I just wanted to write this message to convey my sincerest of thanks to you all for the guidance and advice that you gave me throughout the course. I thoroughly enjoyed it and your insights were invaluable. The expertise you all provided from a multitude of backgrounds including nursing, pharmacy and law made for an informative and robust course covering all relevant aspects as hoped for. I thank you all for the time, effort and attention throughout and wish you nothing but the best for the future!"  Shakeel Aslam (Pharmacist)-  completed the course in June 2016

"loved the course, best I've attended". V.T. (Advanced Practitioner)

Progression Routes

Credits from the NMP course can be used towards some post-registration programmes.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

£765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

How to Apply

NHS funding may be available. Please contact your Trust NMP Lead for further information.

Application for the course is made directly to the University following completion of the Non-medical Prescribing application form that can be obtained from:

All sections must be completed.  Funded students may have an additional form to complete to request funding from their NMP Lead. Self-funded students may wish to discuss their application with the Course Leader, Ruth Broadhead (see contact details below).

Advanced Certificate Non-medical Prescribing
Mode of study: Part-time, Level 6 or 7


Ruth Broadhead LL.M (Master of Laws – Medical Law & Bioethics); BA (Hons); PGCEd; PGCert Forensic Sexology; V300 Independent & Supplementary Prescriber, RN; Community Specialist Practitioner)

Senior Lecturer, Programme Lead Non-medical Prescribing,
Greenbank 209,
School of Community Health & Midwifery,
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing,
University of Central Lancashire,

Tel: 01772 893614


The University is concerned to provide an educational experience of the highest quality for students with disabilities/learning difficulties. We strongly recommend you contact us before applying to find out if we can offer you the support you need. We are always pleased to hear from those enquiring about or applying to the University. Tel: 01772 892593 (telephone/text phone) for advice.

Our student selection process is underpinned by the National Values Based Recruitment strategy. The selection process has to provide evidence that the future students would aspire to a high standard of excellence in professionalism which is consistent with the NHS values i.e  working together for patients, respect and dignity, commitment to quality of care, compassion, improving lives and everyone counts.

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839