UG Credit Practice Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing

The Practice Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The Course

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’ supervised clinical experience in which students work alongside and are assessed by their Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP). This aims to 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: January 2019 and March 2019

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

Level 6
NUR3030M: The Consultation (30 credit module)
NUR3031M: Prescribing in Context (15 credit module)
NUR3032M: 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.

On completion, students are expected to be able 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

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Prescribing Effectively (level 6) (Core)
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Prescribing Effectively (level 6) (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 up-to date knowledge of the current evidence base for practice and implications for the student’s own on-going professional development.

Prescribing in Context (level 6) (Core)
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Prescribing in Context (level 6) (Core)

This module encourages you to explore the implications of your 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.

This module aims to provide the vehicle by which you can relate the conceptual frameworks and knowledge learned throughout the Non-Medical Prescribing Programme to your 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, 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 (level 6) (Core)
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The Consultation (level 6) (Core)

This module is designed to assist you in developing a sound underpinning knowledge base in relation to pharmacology and pharmacokinetics, essential for safe, competent prescribing within your 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.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

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.

Assessment Feedback

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

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

How to Apply

We are now accepting applications for January 2019 and March 2019 start dates. Closing date for applications for January AND March 2019 cohorts is strictly 21 September 2018.

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.

The application process comprises 3 stages:
Stage 1: Application Form (closing date 21 September 2018)
Stage 2: Drugs calculation pre-assessment test (October 2018)

And if stage 2 is passed

Stage 3: Interview (October/November 2018)
Offers for places in January and March 2019 will be made in November 2018.

Enrolment and induction day for the January cohorts will be w/c 17 December with teaching starting in January 2019. Enrolment and induction day for the March cohort will be late February/March 2019.

Please use the application forms and guidance notes below:

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Placement Year

When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Other Costs

You may be eligible for funding From Health Education England which the university will claim on your behalf. Please contact your employer for further details or contact the Professional Development Centre:

The 2018/19 fee for this programme is £3150.


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 can 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 your manager or from the Professional Development Centre during your application, as this needs to be agreed before you enrol onto the course.

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) [On-line] 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.

Paramedic Prescribing

Not all paramedics are expected to train to become independent prescribers. The safety of patients is paramount and the strict eligibility criteria for acceptance on prescribing education programmes are reflective of this.

In line with other professions able to train as non-medical independent prescribers, all paramedic entrants would need to meet the following requirements:

• Be registered with the HCPC as a paramedic
• Be professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to regularly prescribe independently
• 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
• Be able to demonstrate medicines and clinical governance arrangements are in place to support safe and effective independent prescribing
• Have an approved medical practitioner to supervise and assess their clinical training as a prescriber
• Have normally at least three years relevant post-qualification experience in the clinical area in which they will be prescribing
• Be working at an advanced practitioner or equivalent level
• 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
• Provide evidence of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check within the last three years.

NHS England (2018): Prescribing training for paramedics. Available from:

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