Continuing Professional Development

Preparation for Non-Medical Prescribing Nurses and SCPHN's


The details
Preparation for Non-Medical Prescribing Nurses and SCPHN’s
30 credits
Level 6
11 January 2021
Colchester Campus, Southend Campus

This Nursing and Midwifery Council accredited module is for registered nurses and SCPHN’s who wish to prescribe as both an independent prescriber, and a supplementary prescriber working  in partnership with an Independent Prescriber and the patient. It is relevant to all healthcare settings where nurses and SCPHN’s act as independent and supplementary prescribers.

The module is designed to ensure that you become a competent and confident prescriber by developing your knowledge on pharmacology, prescribing competencies, relevant legal frameworks and through the improvement and updating of relevant skills such as consultation and assessment.

Through successfully completing this module you will be able to enhance patient care by providing quicker and more efficient access to healthcare and make the very best use of your own skills.

This module fits well into our MA Professional Practice pathway, or our MSc Health Care Practice pathway.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  1. Undertake assessment and consultation with patients and carers, encompassing a thorough history (including medication, over the counter treatments and complementary therapies) to inform diagnosis.
  2. Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively, demonstrating an awareness of the influences on prescribing practice, and the roles and relationships of others involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medication.
  3. Introduce measures to monitor the effects of prescribed medication demonstrating knowledge of drug actions.
  4. Work effectively within the legislative framework relevant to the practice of non-medical Prescribing.
  5. Access and utilise local and national sources of information, advice and support in prescribing practice.
  6. Work with patients and carers to enhance their coping strategies.
  7. Practise within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility in relation to non-medical Prescribing.
  8. Promote partnership and patient involvement in their own care through effective communication.
  9. Develop a clinical management plan within legislative requirements.

Accreditation and professional recognition

On successful completion of the course students will be entitled to register with the NMC as an independent non-medical prescriber. Please note the NMC request a one-off fee for this.

Our expert staff

Experts within various specialist fields support sessions throughout the timetable.  We have expert lecturers within our own team who contribute on key subject matters.

What our participants say

“Felt supported”

“I loved coming to the University of Essex; the best place to study!!”

“Module lead always available via email and Moodle for any queries”

“I enjoyed all the lectures by the pharmacist and found that I was able to consolidate the knowledge I already had”

“Very informative and interesting content”

“Well organised. Previous exam papers were very helpful for preparation”

“E-learning at the end of course gave chance to have time to do portfolio work & hours with NMP”

“Challenged my learning & reinforced my existing knowledge”

“Loved the course”

Entry Requirements

Are registered with the NMC as a first-level nurse - Have a minimum of one years experience as a qualified nurse - Have worked in the area of practice in which you will be prescribing for a minimum of one year - Have identified a practice assessor, who will provide you with supervision and support to develop - Have evidence that you are competent to undertake a consultation and assessment with patients - Have a current DBS certificate


Module Outline

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

The programme will run over a period of six months, during which there will be 28 days of both contact time and self-directed learning in order for the theory component to be delivered. The module will cover all of the areas that would be expected of a safe and effective prescriber: - knowledge of anatomy and physiology - consultation and assessment - pharmacology - psycho-social aspects of prescribing - effective medicines management - legal and ethical issues - special groups - health promotion. Between study days, you will be expected to shadow your practice assessor/practice mentor for an equivalent of half a day per week (78 hours) of educationally-led practice.

Assessment strategy

In complying with NMC requirements, assessment will comprise successful completion of: - Portfolio: a 4500 client-specific reflective analysis in the form of 2 case studies (one of which should illustrate independent prescribing, and the other should be of supplementary prescribing). This assessment has a 40% pass mark at level 6 (or 50% at Level 7, and forms 80% of the marks. - One 90 minute written final examination based upon pharmacology, consisting of 10 multiple-choice questions and 10 short answer questions. This assessment has an 80% pass mark, and forms 20% of the total marks for the module. - One 30 minute drug calculation examination, consisting of five multiple choice questions. This assessment is marked as “pass” or “fail”, but the student must answer all questions correctly. - Completion of the logbook with the designated medical mentor to assess practice-based competency. This assessment is marked as “pass” or “fail”.

Fees and funding

Our CPD Funding page has more information on fees for our modules and potential funding sources.

What's next

We have guidance on making your application and the forms to download on our how to apply page.

Get in touch

If you require further details about this module, including future course dates, please email