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Independent & Supplementary Prescribing CPS [Level 7]

What is Independent & Supplementary Prescribing CPS [Level 7]?

Develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to become a safe prescriber – take your career to the next level through this NMC and HCPC-accredited course. The course aims to equip Advanced Paramedics, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Therapeutic Radiographers, Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors with the skills and competencies you need to prescribe medication safely, appropriately and cost effectively.

You’ll study clinical pharmacology, prescribing for different client groups, and structured consultation and therapy decisions process. You can study this module as a stand-alone Certificate in Professional Studies (Level 7, 30 CATS). Or if you’d like to continue postgraduate education, this module can contribute to either the Master’s in Advanced Clinical Practice or the Master’s in Advanced Professional Practice.

Study style

This is a part-time course which you’ll study one day per week over a period of 15 taught days, alongside 90 hours in a clinical placement and 112.5 hours of self-directed learning. You’ll be assessed by exams, online assessments, reflective case studies and a portfolio of evidence – demonstrating your clinical competency against the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s 2016 framework of competency for non-medical prescribers.

Lectures take place at Oxstalls campus and run from 9.30 until 4.30 pm. The professional statutory bodies require 100% attendance for all clinical teaching activities – so we have to hold registers for teaching days – and we monitor and record all online student activity to ensure that these Professional Statutory Registering Bodies’ requirements are met.

The course consists of a minimum of 300 hours of study:

  • 15 face-to-face clinical teaching/exam sessions each lasting 6.5 hours = 97.5 hours
  • a minimum of 90 hours in clinical placement with support from the designated prescribing practitioners (DPPs)
  • 112.5 hours of self-directed learning, supported by workbooks, online lecture material and e-learning exercises.

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Entry requirements

    • Before applying for this course, it is essential that students must have:

      • Current professional Registration either in parts 1 of the NMC professional register or HCPC registration with legislative rights to prescribe
      • A minimum of 1 year’s post-registration experience
      • NMC registrants must have secured two Designated Prescribing Practitioners, a Practice Assessor and a Practice Supervisor
      • HCPC registrants must have secured a Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) with relevant experience and qualifications in the clinical specialist field you have chosen to study
      • A successful interview with the Academic Course Lead for the Independent and Supplementary Prescribing course

Course modules


Fees and costs

Start date Location Course code Total Fee (UK) Total Fee (international)
Oct 2022 Oxstalls, Gloucester £1,500 £1,500
Mar 2023 Oxstalls, Gloucester £1,500 £1,500
Oct 2023 Oxstalls, Gloucester TBC TBC
Mar 2024 Oxstalls, Gloucester TBC TBC
Oct 2024 Oxstalls, Gloucester TBC TBC

Possible careers

Progression through this award will enable practitioners to link learning to their revalidation and online portfolio of CPD – demonstrating evidence of professional development in safe prescribing practices.

Industry links

You’ll meet the expectations of professional behaviour as set out by the Professional Statutory Registering Body – including standards of conduct, performance and ethics. You’ll be able to practise within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility as part of your ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Benefits to your practice

  • Understand roles, responsibilities qualities, skills and other attributes of an independent/ supplementary prescriber.
  • Understand and apply knowledge of the pharmacology of drug actions in prescribing practice, expanding on your knowledge of the impact of co-existing diseases and medications.
  • Become confident in conducting a holistic consultation to inform diagnosis and prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively.
  • Use all diagnostic aids relevant to the conditions for which you intend to prescribe, including modification and cessation of therapy.
  • Understand and be able to apply the relevant legislation to the practice of independent and supplementary prescribing.
  • Critically appraise, use sources of information/advice and decision support systems in prescribing practice and apply the principles of evidence-based practice within legislative requirements.

Meet NMC Standards

This course is fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, ensuring you’ll meet NMC proficiency standards for prescribing.

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Become a safe prescriber

You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to become a safe non-medical prescriber and undertake the role of an Independent and Supplementary Non-Medical Prescriber.

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Build your CPD portfolio

You’ll be able to link your learning in safe prescribing practices to your revalidation and online portfolio of continuing professional development.

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