Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) CPD3904


Covid-19 - Course Impact Statement

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

This 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: CPD3904
Level: 6
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 require a minimum of 1 year post-registration clinical experience and 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 of online and classroom-based learning.

What will I study?

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; risk assessment and risk management; reflective practice.

How will I be assessed?

To achieve the professional prescribing qualification and obtain 40 credits at level 6, students must pass both theoretical and practical assessment components of the module and submit a portfolio of evidence using an online Pebble Pad practice document. Regardless of previous learning or experience, in line with professional regulatory body requirements and University RP(E)L regulations, students must undertake all assessments.

Assessment includes:

  • 1.5 hour unseen multiple choice & short answer examination - including calculations;
  • 3,000 word prescribing case study submitted as part of the online practice document;
  • 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) or Practice Educator (HCPC registrants);
  • An online Pebble practice document - This will be submitted as evidence of the development of prescribing practice, including achievement of practice competencies and completion of hours of learning.
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    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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    For 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:

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