Edge Hill University Non Medical Prescribing

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Edge Hill University Non Medical Prescribing

Edge Hill University Non Medical Prescribing

Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) HEA790


Non-Medical Prescribing provides an exciting and challenging opportunity for Nurses, Midwives, Pharmacists and relevant Allied Health Professionals to expand their roles to meet the needs of their patients and service to improve access to appropriate medication.

This module is designed to provide the practitioner with the knowledge and skills to prescribe safely and appropriately within their area of practice and current non-medical prescribing legislation.

Module Code: HEA790
Level: 6
Credits: 45
Cost: £1800 (Non CPD Apply Price) or £1600 (Module cost through CPD Apply) Price for Sept 2017 to Jul 2018

Who is this module for?

The module is designed to meet the needs of Nurses, Pharmacists and eligible* AHPs and their employers. Before commencing the module Nurses require a minimum of 3 years’ post-registration clinical experience, including one year preceding application in the clinical field in which they intend to prescribe. Pharmacists a minimum of two years’ appropriate patient orientated experience practising in a hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year after graduation and AHPs a minimum of 3 years’ relevant post qualification experience.

* Edge Hill University is approved by the HCPC to deliver the independent prescribing annotation to chiropodists / podiatrists and physiotherapists.

What are the key aims of the programme?

  • Provide opportunities for the practitioner to enhance existing knowledge and skills relating to non-medical prescribing;
  • Enable the practitioner to appraise the relevant sources of information advice and support available and apply them to make appropriate decisions in prescribing practice;
  • Examine from a critical perspective issues of professional accountability and responsibility as they relate to non-medical prescribing and work appropriately within this framework;
  • Utilise reflective and analytical skills to improve and develop prescribing practice.

What will I study?

National guidelines/directions; assessment and consultation in safe and appropriate prescribing; pharmacology including pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, patient adherance and drug responses; professional accountability; record keeping; independent and supplementary prescribing; legal, policy and ethical aspects; risk assessment and risk management; reflective practice.

How will I be assessed?

To achieve the professional prescribing qualification and obtain 45 credits at level 6 students must pass both theoretical and practical assessment components of the module and submit a portfolio of evidence.

Assessment includes:

  • 1.5 hour unseen multiple choice & short answer examination – including calculations;
  • 15 minute OSCE Examination including prescription writing;
  • 3,000 word prescribing case study submitted as part of the reflective portfolio;
  • Practice Assessment: Development and achievement of identified skills to a required level; assessed by way of continuous and collaborative approach involving the practitioner and their medical mentor;
  • A portfolio – This will be submitted as evidence of the development of prescribing practice, achievement of learning outcomes and completion of hours of learning.

Study Dates and Venues

September 2017 PS1 & S1

Venue: Ormskirk Campus

Starts: Tue 12th Sep 2017

January 2018 PS2 & S2

Venue: Ormskirk Campus

Starts: Wed 10th Jan 2018

Further Information

Please visit https://www.hecooperative.co.uk/nmp-zone/e-learning/ for an application pack.

For details on how to apply for funding for this module, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/health/cpd-apply-nw/.

If you have any other queries about studying with us, please see the FAQs www.edgehill.ac.uk/health/cpd/faqs.

For further information regarding module content, please contact Module Coordinator Paul Warburton on 01695 657 060 or email warburtp@edgehill.ac.uk.


This module can be studied on a standalone basis.

It is an optional module for the following programmes: