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PG Cert Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing/Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing (Level 7, Level M)

PG Cert 26 weeks School of Health and Social Care Lincoln Campus [L] Validated


The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing/Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Our course is designed to provide the main theoretical perspectives associated with evidence-based therapeutics, the consultation process, including concordance and the legal, ethical and professional issues associated with the prescribing role.

The course aims to support the application of theoretical knowledge to practice by incorporating a minimum of 90 hours of supervised clinical experience in which students have the opportunity to work alongside, and are assessed, by their Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP). This can enable students to develop their skills including the specific competencies required to prescribe safely, effectively and appropriately within their own area of professional clinical expertise.

Start Date: March 2018

How You Study

The University of Lincoln Non-Medical Prescribing Programme is accessed over 6 month period. The 60-credit course at level 7 (Master’s level) comprises three modules:

Level 7
NUR9005M: The Consultation (30 credit module)
NUR9004M: Prescribing in Context (15 credit module)
NUR9003M: Prescribing Effectively (15 credit module)

All three modules employ blended approaches and provide opportunities for inter-professional learning, including access to web based interactive resources.

Level 6 and Level 7 Certificates are taught simultaneously. The course runs over 26 week period, excluding a two-week break over Easter.

Students are required to identify a medical supervisor willing to provide supervision and support for an additional 12 days (or 90 hours equivalent) within clinical practice.

Students are encouraged to seek inter-professional learning opportunities and work alongside prescribing colleagues from a range of different disciplines, with the aim of starting to establish a supportive network for their future role as a qualified prescriber. The commitment is therefore a minimum of 38 days, not including personal, self-directed study time.

The composition and delivery for the course may break down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

This programme aims to enable students to:

  • Identify the essential principles of clinical pharmacology, therapeutics and evidence-based medicine
  • Demonstrate clinical decision making skills for prescribers
  • Discuss critically the concept of concordance
  • Demonstrate skills required for effective consultation
  • Discuss critical perspectives associated with professional, legal and ethical prescribing practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to safely apply an understanding of theoretical concepts to clinical practice under supervision
  • Prescribe from the British National Formulary according to their designated prescribing role (supplementary and/or independent prescriber) as agreed with their employer, once annotated as a prescriber with their regulatory body
  • Demonstrate reflective practice in their clinical prescribing role.

How You Are Assessed

The assessment strategy for the Non-Medical Prescribing Programme comprises:

  • Written tests in pharmacology and drug calculations
  • An Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
  • Reflective writing and care study assignments
  • Portfolio of evidence to support achievement of competency in clinical practice.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

How To Apply

This programme is open for applications for March 2018 entry.

The programme will enrol late March with teaching commencing April 2018. The dates will be confirmed shortly.

Please complete the application form (in 4 sections) and read the accompanying guidance notes prior to completion. You are expected to have discussed your application with your funding organisation prior to submission. HEE funding may be available for eligible practitioners. Contact your employer or the University for further details.

The university requires the form to be either posted, or hand delivered along with original evidence, certificates and proof of registration. If posting, we recommend you send it recorded or special delivery and your certificates will be returned the same way. If you would prefer to hand-deliver your form and evidence please email to arrange an appointment.

Closing Date for applications to be received: Friday 22 December 2017.

Drugs calculations tests will be in late January 2018.

Interviews will be in February 2018.

Enrolment and induction day: Tuesday 27 March 2018.

Entry Requirements


Nurses must provide evidence that they have met the NMC’s criteria for eligibility to undertake a nurse independent/supplementary prescribing programme:

You must be a first level nurse, midwife and/or specialist community public health nurse with a diploma or degree qualification.

You must have at least three years' experience as a practising nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse and be deemed competent by your employer to undertake the programme. Of the three years, the year immediately preceding application must have been in the field in which you intend to prescribe e.g. neonates, mental health. Part-time workers must have practised for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by their employer.

Applicants will be required to be successful at interview and achieve a minimum pass mark of 80% in a drug calculations assessment before a place may be offered.

Currently, nurses may apply to complete their Non-Medical Prescribing qualification at either level 6 (undergraduate) or level 7 (masters level). This decision is an important one, and should be made in conjunction with your employer, taking into consideration your future career aspirations. Please seek further individualised advice from the Professional Development Centre during your application, as this needs to be agreed before you enrol onto the course.


Pharmacists must access the Non-Medical Prescribing Programme at Level 7 (Master’s level).

The GPhC requires that pharmacists applying to undertake an independent prescribing programme must:

  • Be a registered pharmacist with the GPhC or the Pharmaceutical Council of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
  • Have at least two years appropriate patient-orientated experience in a UK hospital, community of primary care setting following their pre-registration year.

In addition, applicants must:

  • have identified an area of clinical practice in which to develop their prescribing skills and have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to their intended area of prescribing practice
  • demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own CPD.

Applicants will be required to be successful at interview and achieve a minimum pass mark of 80% in a drug calculations assessment before a place may be offered.

Allied Health Professionals

An independent prescriber is an appropriately qualified practitioner who is responsible and accountable for the assessment of patients with undiagnosed or diagnosed conditions, and for decisions about their clinical management, including prescribing. Independent prescribers can prescribe any medicine for any medical condition within their competence, including some controlled drugs for specified medical conditions. They must also comply with any relevant medicines legislation.

Of the professions regulated by the HCPC, appropriately trained chiropodists/podiatrists, physiotherapists, and therapeutic radiographers are able to become independent prescribers.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) [On-line] Independent Prescribing (IP) Available from:

Education programmes cover both supplementary and independent prescribing. Individuals who successfully complete an approved programme will be able to apply for annotations on the relevant HCPC register as independent/supplementary prescribers.

The safety of patients is paramount and the entry requirements focus on the protection of patients including:

  • The legal requirements to be registered to practise as an allied health professional.
  • The service need to protect patients-including in the development of new services and new roles.
  • Demonstrating and maintaining competence in a clinical speciality.
  • Independent prescribing/supplementary prescribing as an adjunct to high level clinical practice.
  • Responsibility of services to identify:

a) where this development needs to occur and b) that potential prescribers are in roles which require such development.

In order to gain entry onto the Education programme, applicants must meet each of the criteria listed below:

a) Be registered with the HCPC in one of the relevant allied health professions.

b) Be professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to regularly use independent/supplementary prescribing.

c) Be able to demonstrate support from their employer/sponsor including confirmation that the entrant will have appropriate supervised practice in the clinical area in which they are expected to prescribe.

d) Be able to demonstrate medicines and clinical governance arrangements are in place to support safe and effective supplementary and/or independent prescribing.

e) Have an approved medical practitioner, normally recognised by the employer/commissioning organisation as having:

i) experience in the relevant field of practice

ii) training and experience in the supervision, support and assessment of trainees, and

iii) agreed to:

  • Provide the student with opportunities to develop clinical competencies in prescribing
  • Supervise, support and assess the student during their clinical placement

f) Have normally at least 3 years relevant post-qualification experience in the clinical area in which they will be prescribing.

g) Be working at an advanced practitioner or equivalent level.

h) 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.

i) Provide evidence of a DBS check within the last 3 months.

Joint AHP. Outline Curriculum Framework for Education Programmes to Prepare Physiotherapists and Podiatrists as Independent/Supplementary Prescribers and to Prepare Radiographers as Supplementary Prescribers (2013) Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Available from:

Applicants will be required to be successful at interview and achieve a minimum pass mark of 80% in a drug calculations assessment before a place may be offered.

Key Contacts

Dianne Ramm
01522 837497

01522 837348

Master's Level

Prescribing Effectively (Core)

This module focuses on the critical evaluation of the ethical, legal and professional issues associated with all aspects of the prescribing role. Codes of conduct, standards of practice, professional responsibility and accountability are explored in relation to prescribing, in addition to the recognition of the importance of an up-to date knowledge of the current evidence base for practice and implications for students' own on-going professional development.

Prescribing in Context (Core)

This module encourages students to explore the implications of their own and others’ prescribing practice and to consider the health policies, processes and systems which shape and inform the wider context in which they work. The module aims to provide students with the chance to relate the conceptual frameworks and knowledge learned throughout the programme to their own practice area and clinical experience.

It is intended that the practice learning in this module will be used to provide regular opportunities to consolidate some of the concepts and ideas and through observation, evaluation of practice, discussion with colleagues and individual reflection, with the aim of developing practical skills as well as extending knowledge and critical understanding of both pharmacological principles and values associated with safe, appropriate and effective prescribing practice.

The Consultation (Core)

This module is designed to assist students in developing a solid underpinning knowledge base in relation to pharmacology and pharmacokinetics, essential for safe, competent prescribing within their own field of expertise and clinical practice. The module investigates the main theoretical perspectives associated with effective consultation, exploring the interpersonal skills required, and promoting the concept of concordance, including shared decision-making and establishing a meaningful partnership with the service user.

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.