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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 apply 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 20 degree level (level 6 equivalent) credits and 20 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

Health and Social Care


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

  • 10 taught days (combined with 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.

Fee: £1000

We are keen to work with partners to ensure the most effective and efficient delivery models that meet your individual needs so please contact us directly to discuss your interest and explore collaboration arrangements in more detail.

For any individuals with programme enquiries please contact

For organisations with business enquiries please contact

Kevin Murphy- Module Lead

Claire Pryor - Programme Lead

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

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