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31 weeks

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Brayford Pool

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PG Cert Independent/Supplementary Prescriber Preparation

Please note, the next intake will be in September 2021 and applications will open in summer 2021. This course is part-time in duration over 31 weeks.

Key Information


31 weeks


Brayford Pool

Validation Status




Course Code


Welcome to PG Cert Independent/Supplementary Prescriber Preparation

This Postgraduate Certificate is for NMC and HCPC registrants from eligible professions who wish to undertake an accredited Independent/Supplementary Prescribing qualification.

The programme considers the theoretical perspectives associated with evidence-based therapeutics and the consultation process, including concordance and the legal, ethical, and professional issues associated with the Independent/Supplementary prescribing role.

The programme supports the application of theoretical knowledge to practice by incorporating a minimum of 12 days (90 hours) of supervised clinical experience in which students work alongside, and are assessed, by their Practice Assessor. In addition, students will receive supervision and guidance from a Practice Supervisor who is also an experienced prescriber.

The University delivered learning is applied and further developed in clinical practice, enabling students to enhance their skills including the specific competencies required to prescribe safely, effectively, and appropriately within their own area of professional clinical expertise (RPS, 2016).

This Independent/Supplementary Prescriber Preparation Postgraduate Certificate is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), is subject to approval by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The Programme conforms to Realising Professionalism: Standards for education and training Part 1: Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education, Part 2: Standards for student supervision and assessment, Part 3: Standards for prescribing programmes (NMC, 2018) , the HCPC Standards for Prescribing (2019) and the Allied Health Professions Federation Outline Curriculum Framework (2018).


This programme is accredited by the NMC and is undergoing accreditation from the HCPC.


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Practitioners undertaking this programme are required to complete a minimum of 12 days ( 90 hours) ‘supervised learning in practice’. This is undertaken with their usual employer and is supported and assessed by a medical prescriber.

Some of the supervised time may be also be undertaken utilising experienced pharmacists and non-medical prescribers for support and advice whilst retaining the medical prescriber as the key assessor.

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‌If you are interested in applying for this course, we suggest that you read through our useful applicants guide for details on professional registration, eligibility, and selection processes. You can view details of PPP Application Guidance Notes and HCPC Application Guidance Notes.

How You Study

The University of Lincoln Prescriber Preparation Programme is accessed over a six month period. The 60-credit course at level 7 (Masters level) comprises two modules:
NUR9045M: Individualised Consultation (30 credit module)
NUR9051M: Prescribing Governance (30 credit module).

By the end of this programme of educational preparation, students must be able to demonstrate achievement against A Competency Framework for all Prescribers (RPS, 2016).

Within the RPS framework, there are ten competencies split into two domains. Within each of the ten competency dimensions there are statements which describe the activity or outcomes prescribers should be able to demonstrate.

For all categories of prescriber, the RPS framework applies in full and demonstration of all those competencies contained within it must be achieved in order to pass the programme and apply for annotation as a prescriber with the NMC.

Additionally, it is recognised that nurses and midwives need to apply professionalism to all aspects of their practice in line with The Code (NMC, 2018) and to act in accordance with these alongside the competency framework.

For all categories of prescriber, the RPS framework applies in full and demonstration of all those competencies contained within it must be achieved in order to pass the programme and apply for annotation as a prescriber with the NMC or HCPC.

Successful completion of this Postgraduate Certificate Prescriber Preparation will ensure that the NMC or HCPC registrant can practise safely, appropriately and effectively so that, following annotation with their professional body, they can assume full responsibility and accountability for their professional practice as Independent/Supplementary Prescribers.

The composition and delivery of the course includes face to face lectures from academic team members and guest clinicians, academic tutorials, directed and self-directed study, practical workshops and clinical practice experience.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. 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.

Individualised Consultation 2021-22NUR9045MLevel 72021-22This module is designed to develop sound underpinning knowledge in relation to pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics. The emphasis is on applied therapeutic interventions, essential for safe, competent prescribing within a student's scope of practice and professional competence. The module encompasses the main theoretical perspectives associated with consultation skills and styles, considering patient centred approaches to history taking, and building on pre-existing knowledge and expertise as healthcare professionals. The focus is on effective communications, shared decision-making, and enhancing safety by promoting the development of meaningful, concordant relationships with patient and carers.CorePrescribing Governance 2021-22NUR9051MLevel 72021-22This module has been designed to support students' understanding and application of legal, ethical, and professional perspectives to inform their future prescribing practice. Students can relate the theoretical perspectives and new learning gained throughout the programme to their own specialist field and clinical area. The module supports the development of the practice portfolio of evidence to demonstrate students' achievement of their RPS competencies (RPS, 2016). Student can work towards evidencing the requirements of A Competency Framework for all Prescribers (RPS, 2016), contextualised to their clinical area, supported via a named Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor.Core

How you are assessed

Students are given opportunity to undertake both formative and summative assessment throughout the programme.
The assessments for the Post Graduate Certificate (60 credits) are :
1.Drugs Calculation to test numeracy as applied to therapeutics (formative and summative assessments)
2.Pharmacology multiple choice questionnaire (formative and summative assessments)
3.A 2,000 word critical reflection on a prescribing decision. (summative assessment)
4.A 3,000 word governance essay covering best evidence underpinning a prescribing decision, ethical, legal, professional, social and cultural issues underpinning prescribing.
5.A 12 day (90 hour) period of supervised practice, spread across the duration of the programme with 2 formative submission points for interim competence assessment and a summative submission of a competence grid and signed statement of suitability.

This course is now closed for new international applicants for October 2021 entry.

Entry Requirements 2021-22

The online application for this programme is designed to ensure that learning for the prescribing student complies with:Realising Professionalism: Standards for education and training, Part 1: Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education, Part 2: Standards for student supervision and assessment and, specific to this Programme and Short Course: Part 3: Standards for prescribing programmes (NMC, 2018). ANDThe Standards for Prescribing (HCPC, 2019) and, specific to this Programme and Short Course: Standards for Education Providers: Admissions (HCPC, 2019).

NMC Registered Applicants : must provide evidence that they meet the criteria set by the NMC:a)You must be a registered nurse (Level 1), a registered midwife or a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) [Part 3, 1.1]b)You must have been registered with the NMC for a minimum of one year prior to application for entry onto the programme [Part 3, 1.7]c)You must have the competence, experience and academic ability to study at the level required [Part 3, 1.5]HCPC Registered Applicants must provide evidence that they meet the criteria set by the HCPC Standards for Education Providers (2019) & Allied Health Professionals Federation Outline Curriculum Framework (2018):

a)Be registered with the HCPC in a profession eligible to prescribe using both Independent and Supplementary frameworks b)Be professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to regularly use independent prescribing or 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 prescribed)Have been registered with the HCPC for a minimum of three years prior to application e)Have relevant post-qualification experience in the clinical area in which they will be prescribing. f)Be working at an enhanced practitioner or equivalent level.g)In England and Wales, provide evidence of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or in Northern Ireland, an AccessNI check within the last three years or, in Scotland, be a current member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.

Academic Level:You are required to have either an undergraduate degree or evidence of recent study which demonstrates degree level capabilities.You will also need additional evidence to support your application from:Your Employer:

The University of Lincoln will work collaboratively with your employer in order to confirm that the necessary governance structures are in place (including clinical support, access to protected learning time and employer support where appropriate) to enable students to undertake and be adequately supported throughout their programme. Self-employed applicants will need to demonstrate appropriate clinical governance in the area in which they practice (registration with the Care Quality Commission) [ AHPF, 2018,15].Your Prescribing Lead:If you work in an NHS Trust, there will be a senior manager who acts in the capacity as Prescribing Lead and takes a strategic responsibility for prescribing policy and developments within the organisation. If you are self-employed or work in an organisation without a designated lead, this section of the application form does not need to be completed.

Practice learning:

In addition, you will need to nominate a Designated Medical Practitioner (also referred to in the programme as a Practice Assessor) and a supportive clinical practitioner (referred to in the programme as a Practice Supervisor):

The Practice Supervisor can be any registered health and social care professional working in a practice environment. The University of Lincoln, in partnership with our practice partners, require the practice supervisor for prescribing programmes to hold their V300 prescribing qualification. They must also have completed the necessary educational preparation for the role of practice supervisor. The only exception relates to medically qualified practitioners who can evidence the required experience in teaching and assessing as detailed in Section 3 of the application form.

The Practice Assessor/ Designated Medical Practitioner is a registered healthcare professional and an experienced prescriber with suitable equivalent qualifications for this V300 independent/supplementary prescriber preparation programme [Part 3, 4.5]. They must have completed their educational preparation for the role of practice assessor. The only exception relates to medically qualified practitioners who can evidence the required experience in teaching and assessing as detailed in Section 4 of the application form.

Please note: Practice Assessors cannot act as the Practice Supervisor and Assessor simultaneously for the same student [Part 2, 7.10].

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

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