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Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) - Level 6 - AC0636 & AC0637

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About this course

This course can be completed as part of Continuing Workforce Development for NHS practitioners. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form and gain authorisation from an appropriate decision maker within the NHS before sending it back to us.

You will also need to identify who will be your Medical Supervisor (a doctor or dentist), if you wish to undertake this course independently as a non-NHS practitioner, then please contact us for more information. Our next delivery of this programme begins Monday 14th January 2019.

Pre Course Information: This programme requires that you have appropriate clinical skills to support your future prescribing practice as well as evidence of level 6 study within the last 5 years. Should you not have evidence of recent academic study then please contact us to consider whether our Academic Recognition module (AC6615) may be appropriate to help you towards meeting the admission criteria for Non Medical Prescribing.

The Non Medical Prescribing Programme consist of 2 modules  which aim to meet the Government policy directives in preparing nurses, midwives, health visitors, and allied health professionals (Orthoptists, Physiotherapists, Chiropodists, Podiatrists, Radiographers, Dieticians and Advanced Paramedics). to prescribe via supplementary and/or independent modes from a legally defined formulary, within specific clinical contexts. The programme aims and outcomes have been approved by the NMC  and HCPC an follow NMC (2006) and DH (2006) (2006) directives. These will be updated for approval in accordance with new and impending standards, over 2019.

The module (AC0636) ‘Supplementary Prescribing’ attracts 30 credit accumulation transfer points (30 CAT) at level 6 and simultaneously the corresponding module (AC0637) ‘Independent Prescribing’ to achieve independent prescribing status, attracts 10 credit accumulation transfer points (10 CAT) points at level 6.  On successfully completing the appropriate modules within the programme (one or both), the student will exit with the relevant prescribing status of  ‘Independent Nurse Prescriber and Supplementary Prescriber credited with 40 CAT points, or where HCPC registrants are currently restricted to Supplementary Prescribing , will complete module AC0636 Supplementary Prescribing. Successful students will  have their new qualification recorded with the NMC / HCPC as appropriate.

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Learn from the Best

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

Designed by a multi-professional team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.

Teaching and Assessment

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be utilised to facilitate your full engagement in the learning process and promote lifelong learning. These will include lectures, seminars, group-work, case studies, critical incidents, directed study, use of e-learning portal, supervised clinical practice and independent learning.

Learning will be work based and practice focussed. You  will undertake 12 days (7.5 hours per day, 6.5 hours per day with breaks) of supervised practice which will be undertaken as part of the compulsory, adjacent prescribing module; Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (AC636). A negotiated learning contract between you and the medical supervisor will facilitate the identification of learning needs required to achieve the learning outcomes and NMC proficiencies for both modules.

Learning Environment

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.


Research-rich Learning

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


Give Your Career an Edge

This module, in combination with the ‘Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (AC636), aims to prepare you for a prescribing role in practice.

Course info

Award Type 40 Credit, Level 6

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures, Workshops and Guided Study

Study Mode Intensive Short Course

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start January 2018

This NHS Continuing Workforce Development module aims to prepare nurses, midwives, and health visitors to prescribe independently from a legally defined formulary, within specific clinical contexts

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.

You must be a registered nurse, midwife or health visitor with previous evidence of level 6 study.

  • Assessment, differential diagnosis, consultation, clinical decision making, risk management, establishing therapeutic regimes/interventions,
  • stopping medication and referral
  • Factors influencing independent prescribing practice and patient/client consent for, responses to and concordance with prescribed therapy
  • Prescribing administering and dispensing in a team context
  • Record keeping, local policies, guidelines and protocols and, electronic prescribing
  • Monitoring, audit and evaluation of prescribing practice, clinical and cost effective prescribing
  • Clinical Pharmacology - applied anatomy and physiology including disordered function, age, disease and pregnancy and other medicines/drug
  • interactions as they impact on pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, adverse drug reactions (ADRs), drug calculations
  • Prescribing for cosmetic procedures
  • Evidence based prescribing and clinical guidelines, controlled drugs, clinical governance, supervision, reflective practice

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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