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31 weeks


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PG Cert Independent/Supplementary Prescriber Preparation

Applications for this programme will open on Saturday 15 August and close on Thursday 1 October 2020. Enrolment will open Monday 18 January and the start date for the course will be Monday 22 February 2021.

Key Information


31 weeks


Brayford Pool

Validation Status




Course Code


Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644.

Dianne Ramm - Programme Leader

Dianne Ramm - Programme Leader

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Welcome to PG Cert Independent/Supplementary Prescriber Preparation

This 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 Independent/Supplementary prescribing role.

The programme 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 Practice Assessor.

In addition, they would receive supervision and guidance via a nominated Practice Supervisor who is also an experienced prescriber. The taught components are therefore developed in clinical practice, enabling students to develop 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) and 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).

How You Study

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.

The course runs over a 26 week period, excluding a two week break over Easter (or summer, depending on the start date).

You will attend university one day per week or, alternatively, may complete directed study as per the course timetable.

Students are required to identify a Practice Assessor and a Practice Supervisor who provide supervision, teaching, and assessment over an additional 12 days (or 90 hours equivalent) within clinical practice. During this time, 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 (including reading time) which is expected for Master’s level study.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

This 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.

Module Overview

This 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.

† 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.

How you are assessed

This programme is accessed over a six-month period. The 60 credit course at Level 7 (Master’s 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.

The overall aim of the programme is to ensure that, on completion of this Prescriber Preparation Programme, the nurse or midwife can practise safely, appropriately, and effectively so that, following annotation with the NMC, they can assume full responsibility and accountability for their professional practice as Independent/Supplementary Prescribers.

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

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.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

The online application for this programme is designed to ensure that practice 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).

Applicants must provide evidence that they meet the criteria set by the NMC:

  • You must be a registered nurse (Level 1), a registered midwife or a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) [Part 3, 1.1]
  • 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]
  • You must have the competence, experience and academic ability to study at the level required [Part 3, 1.5]

Academic Level:

Participation in and successful completion of an NMC approved prescribing programme leads to accreditation at a level equivalent to a bachelor’s degree as a minimum award [Part 3, 5.2].

If applying to undertake the programme at Master’s level (Level 7), you are required to have either an undergraduate degree or be able to present evidence of recent degree level study.

You will need to evidence the support for 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) [Part 3, 1.3].

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.

The University of Lincoln:

As part of the selection process, and following successful shortlisting of your application, you will need to complete a drug calculation test, comprising twenty questions, with a minimum mark of 80%.

Educational Audit:

It is an NMC requirement that clinical placement areas designated for the supervision of prescribing students must have a current and satisfactory educational audit in place before the student commences any clinical hours.

Practice Learning:

In addition, you will need to nominate a practice supervisor and a practice assessor. Both roles require the healthcare professional to be an active prescriber, who would normally have 3 years recent prescribing experience (RPS, 2019).

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 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.

Please note: Practice assessors cannot act as the practice supervisor simultaneously for the same student [Part 2, 7.10].


This programme is approved by Nursing and Midwifery Council of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (NMC).


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