Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals

The aim of this module is to prepare healthcare professionals to prescribe safely and competently within the context of their professional role as Prescribers. The requirements and outcomes of the module are derived from prescribing standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


The module runs for 26 weeks, including 90 hours spent learning in practice. Teaching days fall mainly in the first third of the module with live teaching sessions on a Tuesday, but you will engage with QMU throughout the duration of the programme.

You will participate in a range of teaching and learning experiences both at university and in practice.   In keeping with the Person-centred Practice Framework philosophy, you are encouraged to participate actively and take responsibility for your own learning. Throughout the module your learning will be supported by our Virtual Learning Environment and our Learning Resource Centre where you can access a wide range of on-line learning materials, books and journals.

Entry requirements

  • You must be a registered healthcare professional.
  • Students will be required to have a minimum of 1 years post registration experience in the area of specialty in which you will be a prescriber.
  • You must also have evidence of degree level study. This may be evidenced through recognition of prior learning (RPL).
  • You must be proficient in appropriate clinical / health assessment, diagnostics / care management and the planning and evaluation of care in relation to your role.
  • You must have agreed the suitability of a prescribing qualification within your area of practice and have the support from your line manager and regional Prescribing Lead. Prior to applying, please contact your Prescribing Lead as support for your application will be required.
  • You must have identified a Designated Prescribing Practitioner, who will help you to develop safe and effective prescribing practice. For NMC registrants, you must also have identified a named Practice Supervisor. Further information is available from your organisational prescribing lead or the QMU programme lead.
  • You must have professional indemnity in place.

For practitioners working as self-employed / within the independent sector, please contact the Programme Leader prior to application

Key details

Outcome: The module can be undertaken either as a stand-alone module or as one of several modules within the MSc Person-Centred Practice Framework. You can choose to study at either SCQF Level 10 or 11, and the module carries 40 credits.

Start Date: Every September, January and May.

Duration: 26 weeks

Application: This is a joint application process and applicants need to apply to their health board BEFORE they apply to QMU. For further information or advice, please contact Dr Alison Wood, Programme Lead at: awood1@qmu.ac.uk or Dr Alison Coull at: acoull@qmu.ac.uk

Delivery/ location: At QMU and in clinical practice

Professional registration: N/A

Fees: £1470

Closing date for applications: End of June (for September intake)/ End of Oct (for January intake)/ End of Feb (for May intake)

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