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 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).

The module’s 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.

Delivery Method

You will be required to participate in group activities and workshops potentially using digital technology, which include problem-based learning, reflection, and student seminars. There will be formal and interactive lectures and discussions, including input by specialist speakers. Additional resources, learning exercises and information will be available via the module virtual learning environment (VLE) Blackboard™. This facility will also be utilised as a discussion forum for appropriate topic areas and communication.

Teaching strategies will consist of:

  • Face to face interactive lectures and online learning
  • Group work and collaborative peer working
  • Inter professional discussion
  • Debate
  • Assignment preparation
  • Formative group working and collaborative discussion
  • Online resources, VLE e.g., Blackboard, MS Teams
  • Simulated learning using clinical scenarios
Academic credits
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 20th September 2023

Term 2: Wednesday 10th January 2024

Health, Science and Wellbeing

Entry requirements

Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) in a profession eligible to prescribe (see HCPC website for eligible professions: Standards for prescribing | (

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.

You must be able to commit to 100% attendance for the taught element of the programme.




Lorna Lockley

Senior Lecturer

How to apply

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