Non Medical Prescribing CPD4904


Covid-19 - Course Impact Statement

Non-Medical Prescribing provides an exciting and challenging opportunity for Nurses, Midwives and eligible Allied Health Professionals to expand their roles to meet the needs of their patients and service to improve access to appropriate medication.

This level 7 module is designed to provide the practitioner with the knowledge and skills to prescribe safely and appropriately within their area of practice and current non-medical prescribing legislation.

Successful completion of the module enables the practitioner to annotate their professional registration with a prescribing qualification

Module Code: CPD4904
Level: 7
Credits: 40
Cost: £1,600 for May 2021 to July 2022

Who is this module for?

The module is designed to meet the needs of Nurses, and eligible* Allied Health Professionals and their employers.

Before commencing the module, Nurses are required to have a minimum of 1-year post-registration clinical experience, and to be capable of safe and effective practice at a level of proficiency appropriate to the module and intended area of prescribing practice in the following areas:

  • Clinical/health assessment
  • Diagnostics/care management
  • Planning and evaluation of care
  • *Before commencing the module, HCPC registrants require a minimum of 3 years relevant post-qualification experience in the intended area of prescribing practice working at advanced practitioner or equivalent level, and the eligibility to prescribe.

    'Edge Hill University is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council to prepare chiropodists / podiatrists, therapeutic radiographers, paramedics and physiotherapists as independent prescribers, and to prepare diagnostic radiographers and dieticians as supplementary prescribers.'

    What are the key aims of the programme?

  • Provide opportunities for the practitioner to enhance existing knowledge and skills relating to non-medical prescribing;
  • Enable the practitioner to appraise the relevant sources of information advice and support available and apply them to make appropriate decisions in prescribing practice;
  • Examine from a critical perspective issues of professional accountability and responsibility as they relate to non-medical prescribing and work appropriately within this framework;
  • Utilise reflective and analytical skills to improve and develop prescribing practice.
  • How Will I Study?

    This module normally requires attendance at 26 sessions, one full day session per week for 26 weeks, in addition to 12 days of practice placement learning. This will involve a combination classroom-based and of both synchronous and asynchronous online learning.

    What will I study?

    The principles of prescribing; national guidelines/directions; assessment and consultation in safe and appropriate prescribing; pharmacology including pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics; patient adherence and drug responses; professional accountability; record keeping; independent and supplementary prescribing; legal, policy and ethical aspects of prescribing; risk assessment and risk management; reflective practice.

    How will I be assessed?

    To obtain 40 credits at level 7 and record a prescribing qualification with your professional regulator (NMC or HCPC), you must submit a portfolio of evidence and pass both the theoretical and practical assessment components of the module. Regardless of previous learning or experience, in line with professional regulatory body requirements and University RP(E)L regulations, you must undertake all assessments.

    Assessment includes:

  • 90 minute unseen multiple choice & short answer examination - including calculations;
  • 4000 word prescribing based patient case study practice assessment: successful completion of the competencies contained in 'A Competency Framework for all Prescribers (RPS 2016)’;
  • assessed by way of continuous and collaborative approach involving the practitioner and their Practice Assessor (NMC registrants)/Practice Educator (HCPC registrants).
  • an online PebblePad practice portfolio - this will be submitted as evidence of the development of prescribing practice, including achievement of practice competencies learning outcomes and completion of hours of learning.
  • Study Dates and Venues

    Further Information

    Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake

    To apply for this module, please download an application pack. In addition to completing the application pack, please complete the University online module application form and attach the completed application pack in the document upload section of this online form.

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    or further information regarding module content, please contact:

  • Module Coordinator Paul Warburton on 01695 657 060 or email
  • or Maureen Wallymahmed on n 01695 657 092 or email
  • Pathways

    This module can be studied on a standalone basis.

    It is an optional module for the following programmes:

  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
  • MSc Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care