University of Stirling Non Medical Prescribing

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University of Stirling Non Medical Prescribing

Non-Medical PrescribingThe non-medical prescribing education programme:

  • prepares nurses and midwives to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively as independent and supplementary prescribers;
  • prepares chiropodists, podiatrists and physiotherapists to have their registration annotated with supplementary and/or independent prescribing;
  • Prepares radiographers to have their registration record annotated with supplementary prescribing only.

The multi-disciplinary module reflects the philosophy, values, skills and knowledge base as articulated in the curriculum guidance for each profession.

Study method: Stand-alone modules, Part-time, Mixture of online and classroom delivery

  • Module code NURU209
  • Start date January 2018 – TBC
  • Application deadline 12 November
  • Duration 20 weeks
  • Days on campus 8
  • Credit value SCQF 9 40
  • Fees £1160
  • Overseas Fees £2100
Entrance Requirements

You must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have valid registration on your professional Register maintained by the NMC or HCPC;
  • 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 these three years, the year immediately preceding application to the programme must have been in the clinical field in which you intend to prescribe, eg. neonates, mental health;
  • Part-time workers must have practised for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by their employer;
  • You must demonstrate an ability to study at degree level (academic SCQF level 9);
  • Provide written confirmation from a designated medical prescriber who meets the eligibility criteria described by the National Prescribing Centre (2005) who will provide the opportunities to develop competencies in prescribing during the required term of supervised practice.

In addition, a written statement from the employer is required to confirm that:

  • The appropriate clinical governance systems are in place and you have had an enhanced disclosure check completed;
  • You have been assessed as competent, or are undertaking a training programme, to take a history, undertake clinical assessment and diagnosis before being put forward;
  • There is a clinical need within your role to justify prescribing;
  • You must be able to demonstrate appropriate numeracy skills and have sufficient knowledge to apply prescribing principles to their own area of practice.

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This module is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and by HCPC.


On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Assess and consult with patients and carers;
  • Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively;
  • Apply the legislation relevant to the practice of prescribing;
  • Use sources of information, advice and decision support appropriately in prescribing practice;
  • Critically evaluate the influences on prescribing practice;
  • Apply knowledge of medications in prescribing practice;
  • Demonstrate cognisance of the team work and communication networks involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medicines;
  • Practice within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility in relation to prescribing.
Structure and Content

The programme will be predominantly distance learning via a web-based platform. There will be practical and structured work-based learning. Students would normally be seconded by their employing authority.

The programme includes 8 days of face-to-face input (as per professional body requirements):

  • Four days on registration;
  • Four face-to-face days towards the end of the programme;
  • The equivalent of 18 days of distance learning mediated via Canvas.

This accounts for the statutory requirement of 26 days theoretical input and 12 days supervised practice (78 hours).

Delivery and Assessment

Assessment load is as per Professional Body requirements:

  • Short answer question and multiple choice written examination in two parts:
    Part 1: students must attain 80% to pass
    Part 2: students must attain 100% to pass
    (40% weighting)
  • Portfolio of evidence where the student underpins competency development with appropriate evidence in a coherent and structured manner.
    (40% weighting)
  • Detailed examination of practice in clinical setting
    (20% weighting)

Students must pass all elements of assessment.

Dates on campus(s)
Introduction Days 4 days (TBC)
Middle Days 4 days (TBC)
Exam on Campus (TBC)

Module Co-ordinator(s)

Julia Scott

Application Procedure

Please request an application pack from

Application deadline Sun, 12 Nov 2017 23:00:00 GMT


Completion of the module will assist autonomous, reflective thinking and evidence based practice within academic and clinical areas.