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Independent & Supplementary Prescribing (Level 7)



UEA, Norwich

Event Category:

Nursing, Midwifery

Start Date

September 2018 TBC

Service Priority

Advanced Practice


30 Days







Course Information

Nurse independent prescribing is a widely integrated part of healthcare delivery in the UK. Nurses are prescribing for a range of conditions both acute and long term which has been evaluated as clinically safe and appropriate and is well received by patients (DH 2010). This module is based on the Standards for proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers and leads to the V300: Independent & Supplementary Prescribing Qualification which is recordable qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2006). You will learn to utilise enhanced consultation skills to support your decision making based on sound history taking, consideration of complex differential diagnosis and development of an evidence based and holistic management plan agreed with your patient to support adherence. During this module you will gain a robust understanding of clinical pharmacology and application to prescribing practice to ensure patient safety and public protection. We will also consider budgetary influences and your responsibilities as a prescriber in relation to cost-effectiveness. Other influences on prescribing of medicines will include the legal and ethical considerations as well as local and national policy. On successful completion of this module you will be able to provide safe, effective and timely access to medicines in your field of practice.

Core Content:

  • Consultation, decision making and therapy, including referral. This includes assessment, history taking, formulation of a working diagnosis with consideration of differential diagnosis and ‘red flags’ and the development of an individual management plan.
  • Influences on and psychology of prescribing
  • Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co-morbidity
  • Evidence based practice and clinical governance
  • Evidence based practice and clinical governance
  • Professional accountability and responsibility
  • Prescribing in a public health context

Is this course for me?

Students must meet the NMC criteria for admission to the course i.e. must have been qualified for 3 years, the last year should have been in their current area of practice. They must also be able to demonstrate the ability to study at Level 7. 

What will I learn?

The learning objectives of this module are to prepare Nurses to meet the competencies for Independent and Supplementary Prescribing as laid down by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This programme will comprise 26 theory days and 12 supervised practice days (to equate to 12 x 7.5 hour – 6.5 hours (excluding breaks) (NMC 2006). Once students have completed the programme they will be expected to maintain their prescribing competence according to the requirements of their professional body.

How will I learn?

Face to face learning

Study Dates

1st Cohort

To be confirmed

Off Campus Learning

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To be confirmed


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*Be advised that course dates and timings may change

2nd Cohort

To be confirmed

Off Campus Learning

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To be confirmed

*Be advised that course dates and timings may change

Course Director

Ann Owen


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