Independent/Supplementary Prescriber Programme

Key Information

Programme Type

Short Course


Blended Learning


30 PG Credits



Next Start Date

September 2024

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide a sound underpinning knowledge base in relation to pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics, building on students pre-existing knowledge and skills to develop their consultation ability and style.

There is a focus on applied therapeutic interventions which are essential for safe, competent prescribing. Additionally, through this course, students will develop an understanding of legal, ethical, and professional perspectives to inform their future prescribing practice.

The course will also seek to develop students ability to evaluate evidence-based practice and shared decision make to ensure safe, meaningful, and concordant relationships with patients and carers.

Key Features

Mapped to Royal Pharmaceutical Society Competency Framework

Access to access to virtual learning environment, learning content, tools and activities related to your chosen programme of study.

Part time

Designed to meet the needs of experienced practicioners

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Entry Requirements 

  1. Nurses: a minimum of one year post registration clinical experience.
  2. AHPs: normally three years relevant post-qualification experience in the clinical area in which you will be prescribing.

How You Study

This course takes a blended learning approach where content is delivered through lectures, seminars, and online workshops. You will also be supported through the Virtual Learning Environment where you can access materials.

As part of the course you will be expected to conduct independent learning based on your own needs.

A central part of the course is learning in practice where you will be supervised in a clinical setting. This will enable you to build a portfolio of practice learning to demonstrate achievement of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society competency framework.

How you are assessed

Assessment takes place through in-class tests, a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates 90 hours of supervision in practice, and a presentation with viva on a specific prescribing decision.

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