The aims of the course are to:
Independent prescribing is prescribing by a practitioner, who is responsible and accountable for the assessment of service users with undiagnosed or diagnosed conditions and for decisions about the clinical management required.
An independent prescriber is able to prescribe on their own initiative any medicine within their scope of practice and relevant legislation (HCPC, 2021).
A supplementary prescriber is a voluntary partnership between a doctor or dentist and a supplementary prescriber to prescribe within an agreed service user-specific clinical management plan (CMP). This is a written plan agreed between a doctor or dentist and a supplementary prescriber for the treatment of a named service user, with the knowledge and agreement of the service user and/or carer. The plan outlines the illnesses or conditions that may be treated by the supplementary prescriber, the types of medicines they may prescribe any limits to the strength or dose of medicines that they may prescribe.
Once qualified a supplementary prescriber may prescribe any medicine within their clinical competence, within the limits of the CMP (HCPC, 2021).
Who is it for?
This course is designed for experienced Nurses, Midwives, Physiotherapists, Paramedics, Chiropodists/Podiatrists, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiographers and Dieticians to gain the skills needed to be an Independent and/or Supplementary Prescriber as permitted by their statutory regulator.
Please note: applications for this module will not be considered unless you meet all the entry requirements. This is an extremely popular module and applications will be considered on a first come first serve basis.
There are 10 required study days one day a week, with an additional 2 revision sessions (which are not compulsory but highly recommended). After the taught content, there is a practice-based component for which you need to complete 90 clinical hours (evidenced in a Practice-based portfolio), a reflective essay and a pharmacology exam.
Term 1 (Oct 2023)
Oct: Thursday 12, 19 and 26 October 2023
Nov: Thursday 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 November 2023
Dec: Thursday 7 and 14 December 2023
Revision Sessions: Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 December 2023
Numeracy Test: Thursday 19 October 2023
Exam: Tuesday 19 December 2023
Coursework: Monday 11 March 2024
Term 2 (Jan 2024)
Jan: Thursday 11, 18 and 25 January 2024
Feb: Thursday 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 January 2024
Mar: Thursday 7 and 14 March 2024
Revision Sessions: TBC
Numeracy Test: Thursday 18 January 2024
Exam: Tuesday 26 March 2024
Coursework: Monday 17 June 2024
Term 3 (May 2024)
May: Thursday 9, 16, 23 and 30 May 2024
Jun: Thursday 6, 13, 20 and 27 June 2024
Jul: Monday 4 and 11 July 2024
Revision Sessions: TBC
Numeracy Test: Saturday 25 May 2024
Exam: Tuesday 5 September 2024
Coursework: Sunday 29 September 2024
This module is a demanding programme of study and includes both academic work and clinical components. Our health CPD courses are credit-bearing modules that contribute to a University degree or award.
Transfer course credits towards postgraduate taught degree
As a health care professional, once you've completed this course you could offset 30 credits as part of a postgraduate programme, continuing your study with further modules to make up a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) 60 credits, Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) 120 credits or Master of Science (MSc) 180 credits qualification (all credits must be awarded within five years of study commencing).
This course is worth 30 credits
This course can be used a module, contributing to a University degree or award.
Find a list of degrees this module can contribute towards:
MSc Advanced Clinical Practice - Master's degree