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  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for AHPs

    (Application Code XHP - M Level)

    The Independent/Supplementary Prescribing blended learning course provides a programme of preparation for Registered Chiropodists/Podiatrist, Physiotherapists, Therapeutic Radiographers or Paramedics, to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required in order to practise as a safe, effective and competent independent and supplementary prescribers, who are able to provide a high professional standard of care and be accountable for that care.  

    If you are registered with the NMC and intrested in Independent and Suplementary Prescribing click here.

  • The course introduces pharmacology, legal and ethical prescribing, interpersonal skills and quality assurance aspects of prescribing. These are underpinned by reflection on your own experience, evaluation of your own performance and application of theory to practice. It also enables participants to be aware of current developments within Independent/ Supplementary prescribing in the UK.

    The course consists of 10 taught days and on-line learning. Students are also required to complete a minimum of 80 hours of supervised practice. To be eligible for this course you will need to have a first degree, or be able to provide evidence of your potential to study at M Level.

    If you wish to take this as a standalone module then you can apply to be a postgraduate associate student using our online application portal. You will need to register for the portal prior to proceeding with an application.

    Students must be from a respective healthcare background.

    Access Criteria


    Access to this course is available to chiropodists / podiatrists, physiotherapists, therapeutic radiographers or paramedics who meet the following criteria. You must:

    • Be a Registered Chiropodist/Podiatrist, Physiotherapist, Therapeutic Radiographer or Paramedic whose name is held on the relevant part of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration record.
    • Be working at an advanced practitioner or equivalent level and have at least 3 years relevant post-qualification experience in the clinical area in which they will be prescribing.
    • Be professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to regularly use independent / supplementary prescribing.
    • Be able to demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own Continuing Professional Development (CPD) including development of networks for support, reflection and learning.
    • Have reached agreement with a Practice Educator, who meets the RPS (2020) Standards for Designated Prescribing Practitioners, to provide 80 hours of supervised practice.
    • Have the support of your employer / sponsor who will confirm:
      • that your post is one in which you will have the need and opportunity to act as an independent or supplementary prescriber
      • The practitioner will have appropriate supervised practice in the clinical area in which they are expected to prescribe
      • Appropriate medicines governance / clinical governance arrangements are in place to support safe and effective independent and supplementary prescribing.
    • Have successfully completed a history-taking and assessment module or be deemed competent in practice to take a history and make a diagnosis for the conditions for which they will prescribe.
    • Have a current satisfactory full enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (within the last 3 years)
    • Have the confirmed agreement from the Trust’s Non-Medical Prescribing lead in order to undertake the course.

    If you meet these criteria, your next step is to submit an application form with all the required documents. If you are ready to apply then please make an application through the online application service. You will need to register for the portal before proceeding with your application.

    Admissions process (PDF)

    Tuition fees
    Home/EU - part time fee: 2020/21: £2080 per double module

    Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

    Questions about fees?
    Contact Student Finance on:
    +44 (0)1865 483088

    The course assessment comprises a:

    • Formative and summative Consultation and Documentation Assessment in Practice (Pass/Fail).
    • Formative and summative Numeracy assessment (Pass/Fail).
    • Formative and summative Pharmacology assessment (Pass/Fail).
    • Learning Log of Prescribing Evidence (mapped to RPS Competencies, 2016) (Graded)
    • Completion of 80 hours supervised practice (Pass/Fail)
    How this course helps you develop

    Teaching, learning and assessment strategies include development of core postgraduate attributes. This encourages development of critical self-awareness and personal literacy, digital and information literacy and active citizenship within the context of both academic and research literacy.

    Students who have completed similar vocational health and life sciences postgraduate certificate courses have been employed within their speciality both locally and nationally. This course enables you as a practitioner to work through the Agenda for Change grading bands to further your career progression.
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    From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.