Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals


Prescribing by non-medical practitioners has expanded and become embedded in health and care systems. Since its introduction, the qualification has facilitated the development of new roles for nurses, midwives, and eligible allied health professionals, which benefit both service delivery and service users. For practitioners, it offers the opportunity to develop genuine autonomy in a range of interesting and varied roles. It will also allow you to work with appropriate prescribers in a supplementary prescribing arrangement, prescribing medicines that form part of an identified/agreed Clinical Management Plan (CMP).

You can either undertake the programme as a standalone qualification or as part of our MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice.

The indicative content, learning outcomes and methods of assessment reflect the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s competency framework which is the standard for prescribing practice. In order to ensure that these competencies are addressed the indicative content will include such topics as the policies/procedures of independent and supplementary prescribing, consultation and decision making, the influences on and psychology of prescribing, prescribing in a team context, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics and the effects of co-morbidity across the lifespan, evidence based practice and clinical governance in relation to non-medical prescribing, legal, policy and ethical aspects, professional accountability and responsibility, drug licensing, monitoring procedures and reporting of adverse drug reactions, cost effective prescribing, record keeping, and prescribing controlled drugs.

How you will be taught

At our Centre for Health Innovation, you’ll be taking part in face-to-face lectures, workshops, discussions, and collaborative work with other students. This will be supported through online resources.

On campus, you will also get to practice your skills using our simulation facilities. The training scenarios could involve anything from dealing with anxious families to angry patients – preparing you for a range of real-life challenges.

Study Levels and Assessment

The qualification can be taken at either Level 6 or 7.

Both levels are taught in the same way and require you to complete six assessments. However, Level 7 will be assessed at a higher level for some of the work.

For further information about assessments and the answers to frequently asked questions, please see the applicant information document in the ‘Supporting Documents’ section at the bottom of the page.

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Delivery method
On campus
Centre for Health Innovation Stafford

The taught element is every Wednesday and Thursday for 12 weeks from 09.30-16.30.

78 hours of prescribing related hours should be completed in your clinical area. There is an additional 12-week period available following the taught element when this can be completed, as well preparation for your final assessments.

Start date

Term 1 – Wednesday 18th September 24

Term 2 – Wednesday 8th January 25

Please see the ‘Supporting Documents’ section at the bottom of the page for the dates of the planned teaching sessions for both September and January intakes.

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Entry requirements

You must be:

  • Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) in a profession eligible to prescribe.
  • You must also be working in a role where prescribing is considered to benefit the service user/service delivery.
  • You must have a minimum of 3 years post registration experience.
  • You will have proven assessment and diagnostic skills and be supported by your employer to undertake the qualification.




Lorna Lockley

Senior Lecturer

Joanne Pugh

Senior Lecturer

How to apply

Stage 1 – Pre-application form

You will need to complete the additional application form (which can be found below). This is to verify your details and assess your suitability to undertake the programme.

Complete the application form and email to

Stage 2 – Online Application form

Please complete the online application (following the submission of the stage 1 application form)

Please note that applications will close on the following dates:

  • September cohort – Application will close on Wednesday 31st July 2024
  • January cohort - Application will close on Friday 29th November 2024

Application form

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