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Supplementary Prescribing for Dietitians - Level 6 - AC0636

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About this course

This course is 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.

Would you like to enhance your professional practice by becoming able to prescribe?

This programme consists of one level 6 module; AC0636 Supplementary Prescribing (30 credits).

This course would suit dietitians who wish to be able to prescribe as a Supplementary prescriber.

For further queries, please contact us by emailing

Learn from the Best

Designed by a multi-professional team including Allied Health Professionals, Nurses, Midwives, and Doctors our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

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.

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

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, group discussions and case study analysis. You will also be required to undertake independent study and will be support by e-learning resources including PebblePad+ and Numeracy where appropriate. 

Formative Assessment

There are multiple opportunities throughout the programme for formative assessment and guidance towards the summative assessment. You will have the opportunity to undertake a ‘mock’ written examination with a reflective follow up session to explore your learning needs prior to the summative written examination. You will also receive additional guidance throughout the programme, in the form of portfolio development workshops, peer review, group and individual tutorials.

Summative Assessment: - Supplementary Prescribing (AC0636)

1. Written Examination: will take place at the end of the programme. Marking is conducted against specified marking guidelines. This will consist of two sections;

  • Section A - mandatory numeracy questions 100% pass is required. 
  • Section B - to test pharmacological knowledge and its application to practice.  Students must achieve a minimum 80% pass.

 2. Practice Portfolio: Prescribing proficiencies will be assessed in practice by the Medical Supervisor and will be electronically signed and recorded as a pass/refer/fail within the practice portfolio completed using a work book within PebblePad+.  Personal feedback will be left via PebblePad+ by academic mentor and medical supervisor

3. Case Study demonstrating the Prescribing Proficiencies. A mark of 40% or more is required for a pass.

4. Clinical Management Plan (CMP) and an accurately completed specimen prescription, adhering to legal and good practice guidance, relating to the case study. 


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

The ability to prescribe changes a practitioner’s role significantly and the V300 is changing the face of healthcare, contributing greatly to an improved patient experience.


Your Future

This accredited module can count towards the MSc in Practice Development (40 credits).

Course info

Award Type Level 6

Sector Health, Sport and Social Care

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start April 2018

This course prepares dietitians as Supplementary Prescribers competent to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively from the legally specified prescribing formularies.

To enter this programme, you must:

  • Be an NMC registered first level Nurse, Midwife, and/or Specialist Community Public Health Nurse and have at least three years' post registration experience. Of these three years, the year immediately preceding you must have been in the clinical field in which you intend to prescribe. If you work part-time you must have practiced for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by your employer.
  • Or Be a chiropodist/podiatrist, physiotherapist, or radiographer registered with the HCPC and have at least three years' relevant post qualification experience.
  • Or Be a Dietitian, registered with the HCPC and have at least three years' relevant post qualification experience to undertake Supplementary Prescribing only, and;
  1. Be professionally practicing in a role where there is an identified need to prescribe.
  2. Have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check - this must be within the last three years. This must be current for the duration of the time you are studying the module.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to study at academic Level 6 evidenced by previous study which must be within three years upon commencement of the V300.
  4. Have an identified Medical Supervisor who meets specific requirements to mentor and who will provide supervision, support and opportunities to develop competence in practice. If you will be prescribing for children, you must have a Medical Supervisor who is experienced and competent in prescribing for children.
  5. Successful completion of a clinical skills module or written evidence of assessment within practice.
  6. Successful completion of a numeracy entrance exam (dates will be provided upon application).
  7. The support of your manager who will certify your suitability to study the module.
  8. The support of your organisational Non-Medical Prescribing Lead. For candidates wishing to enter independently the entry criteria remains the same other than the support of a manager and
  9. Prescribing Lead are not required. You will be advised of costs upon application.

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

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