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Community Practitioner Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives (V150) - Level 6 - AC6709
Date: TBC 2020 | Over 15 weeks approx.

Successful completion of all components of this module will lead to the achievement of a recordable prescribing qualification of Community Practitioner Prescriber with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This will permit you to prescribe from the Community Practitioner Formulary within your healthcare role where your employer/organisation supports this.

To apply please make a note of the module start month, click on book now and choose the application for the correct starting month. Once your application is complete we will contact you in order to confirm whether or not you have been allocated a place.

In order to assist you in completing your application we have attached guidance notes. Please refer to these while completing your application. Please also click on the 'Pre Course Information' link below to read essential information prior to completing your application form

As part of your application you will need to upload a copy of your completed Prescribing Authorisations form. If you do not attach your form to your application or it is incomplete this will delay your application and may impact you being offered a place on the module. Instructions on how to do this are in the guidance notes.








Please contact or call (0191) 4060901 for further information.

The module can be studied at level 6 (degree) or at level 7 (masters). Your choice may be dependant on a number of factors e.g. whether it is integrated into a post graduate programme (level 7 study) or whether you are undertaking as a stand alone module and already have an academic profile. Completion at degree level provides an academic award of 40 degree level (level 6 equivalent) credits and 40 masters level (level 7 equivalent) credits. There are differences in the assessment of degree and masters level. You will need to state your choice on the application form.

Course Information

Award Type External PSRB approval NMC

Delivery Method Blend of Theory & Supervised Practice

Mode of Study
Part time

Coach Lane Campus

Start Date: TBC 2020 |

Over 15 weeks approx.

Health, Sport and Social Care

Our prescribing team include subject specialist tutors and prescribers who are actively engaged in researching the prescribing landscape and contributing to contemporary prescribing knowledge and practice.  We aim for this to be a transformational learning process where you will engage in interactive, interesting and motivating learning experiences, which will help you towards confident and competent prescribing decisions. We will support you to engage in interactive and social learning opportunities through tutor directed learning activities, peer learning groups, e-learning activities, interactive mobile applications, seminars, peer review as well as group and individual tutorials. We also have a fabulous virtual learning suite where you can immerse yourself in a range of interactive applications including human anatomy and physiology.

In this module you will learn through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars, practical workshop sessions, e-lectures, apps, tutor directed learning and self-directed study (SDS). The module will be delivered at Northumbria University by lecturers and practitioners with specialist prescribing practice knowledge and experience.

We have found that health care professionals who actively engage in the learning process and participate in peer learning activities are more successful in passing the module assessments and are able to more readily apply the principles of prescribing to their practice setting. You will be encouraged therefore to share your own expertise with your peers and debate practice issues to enable you to make evidence based recommendations to influence the care provided to patients. You will be required to actively engage in research rich learning through an enquiry based approach to support and direct authentic learning. At level 6, research rich learning will be based on critical analysis of current research and an application of this to contemporary practice. At level 7 critical evaluation and synthesis of contemporary prescribing research will be undertaken and application to practice demonstrated.


 Making active use of the Electronic Learning Portal (Blackboard Ultra) will give you the flexibility between taught sessions to access module materials remotely. You will have access to two specific useful e-learning resources which include the OVID Human Body app and website to support your development of anatomy and physiology knowledge and relate to pharmacokinetic and dynamic actions of the products you may prescribe and Safe Medicate to support and demonstrate your numeracy assessment skills. Taught sessions will be supported by a period of supervised practice and learning objectives.

Working with your prescribing supervisor in practice will help you to identify your learning needs and plan prescribing related learning activities to meet the RPS Competencies and practice related components. You can then plan these activities within your 10 days of supervised practice between your taught days (total of 10 of which 5 taught are and 5 are directed learning); supervised practice means that your learning is overseen by your supervisor but the activities you undertake may involve a range of experiences e.g. engaging with a pharmacist, shadowing an experienced prescriber etc.

Module Assessment

There are a range of formative assessments within lectures, seminars, workshops and mock exam and regular practice learning which will lead to your summative assessments.

The summative assessment strategy consists of FOUR components, all of which need to be passed to successfully complete the module and be eligible for the award of Community Practitioner Prescriber. These include;

  • Numeracy assessment
  • Written Pharmacology Examination                 
  • A short written essay  
  • Achievement of Royal Pharmaceutical Society Competencies for All Prescribers which is demonstrated within clinical practice and includes a learning log, service user feedback and personal reflection  


The taught days within the module are delivered at Coach Lane Campus where you will also have access to our award-winning library, clinical skills centre and virtual learning facilities. Over the course of the module, you will work in partnership with your practice supervisor/designated prescribing practitioner to identify opportunities for you to apply and integrate learning of clinical, legal and professional requirements alongside current available evidence to support your prescribing journey towards achievement of competence in practice. Your designated prescribing practitioner /  or NMC assessor will assess your progress towards achievement of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society competencies in practice.  Our specialist academic tutors and assessors will support your learning and will work with your designated prescribing practitioner/practice assessors to monitor your progress through the module assessment to completion.


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).


The ability to prescribe changes a nurse’s role and enables practitioners to not only provide seamless care for patients, but consult, diagnose and prescribe a treatment pathway autonomously.


The Community Practitioner Prescribing module consists of 20 days of prescribing preparation which includes:

  • 5 taught days (and 0.5 day for exam)
  • 5 directed learning days and independent study  
  • 10 days of supervised practice with assessment over approximately 16 weeks. In addition, students will require personal study time. The amount of time varies greatly between individuals but can be in the region of 20 - 66 hours

Registered nurses and midwives and are eligible to apply for entry to the Community Practitioner Prescribing module but must meet the following criteria. You will need to have the support and approval for your application from your manager and Prescribing Lead and also identify your practice supervisor and practice assessor prior to enable you to complete your application.

You must:

  • Be either a Registered nurse (level 1) / registered midwife / SCPHN
  • Have a current NMC registration
  • Have the competence, experience and academic ability to study at least degree level and can provide evidence of this
  • Be competent to undertake a history, clinical/health assessment and make a diagnosis in the area of practice relating to where you intend to prescribe
  • Have approved funding arrangements in place (see module application webpage for more details) or state self funding
  • Have in place (or will have in place), an appropriate indemnity arrangement for their prospective role as a prescriber
  • Have a clinical placement (e.g. work within a community role, ward, GP surgery) with an educational audit in place
  • Have support from a manager, employing organisation or other appropriate authority and supply their name and contact details
  • Take responsibility for own continuing professional development.
  • Assurance from their manager that they have a current Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) enhanced certificate in place

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Appraise and interpret the legal, ethical and professional frameworks for accountability and responsibility for prescribing within your own sphere of practice
  • Evaluate evidence to support your prescribing decisions
  • Summarise your knowledge and understanding of products used within your sphere of practice
  • Demonstrate professional skills in consultation, decision making and prescribing safely and effectively
  • Employ partnership approaches with patients/carers to monitor and review treatment, manage/report adverse drug reactions
  • Critique your prescribing practice and support others to prescribe safely and effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team

You will learn from subject specialist tutors who are prescribers and are actively researching the prescribing landscape, contributing to prescribing practice, academic and specialist knowledge base. Your academic tutors will help you to draw on the very latest evidence informing contemporary healthcare practice and engage in critically appraising evidence which supports your clinical practice and prescribing decision making.

Carol Wills Subject Lead Non Medical Prescribing 

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

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