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Independent and Supplementary Prescribing

Due to delays in Professional Body approvals because of Covid-19 this module will not be available until the 2022/23 academic year.

This module aims to prepare nurses, midwives and allied healthcare professionals to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively as an independent/supplementary prescriber. In doing so you will be required to evaluate the evidence underpinning the practice of independent and supplementary prescribing, critically reflect upon your level of competency in respect of independent and supplementary prescribing and develop an individual programme of learning in practice.

Module objectives

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  1. Critically discuss and demonstrate an ability to assess and consult with patients/clients, clients, parents and carers;
  2. Undertake a thorough history, including medication history and current medication (including over the counter, alternative and complementary health therapies) to inform diagnosis;
  3. Critique and apply the relevant legislation to the practice of nurse/midwife prescribing;
  4. Critically appraise sources of information/advice and decision-making frameworks in prescribing practice;
  5. Critically debate the influences that affect prescribing practice and demonstrate understanding by managing prescribing practice in an ethical way;
  6. Apply knowledge of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics to their own prescribing practice, including the monitoring of response to therapy and justification to modify treatment;
  7. Critically analyse the roles and relationships of others involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medicines;
  8. Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively;
  9. Practise within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility;
  10. Develop clinical management plans within legislative framework;
  11. Demonstrate the recognition of the unique implications and developmental context of the anatomical and physiological differences between neonates, children and young people;

12. Demonstrate the ability to calculate drug dosages and prescribing regimes within own area of practice.

Key facts


Cheryl Grantham/ Eva Mussio/ Claire Runaghan

Course Leads: Dan Mitchell & Jonathan Downham

8 teaching days (face to face)
10 e-learning/distance learning days
12 practice days (workplace)

Credits: 40

Module code: MD9A3-40


  • A portfolio that demonstrates application of theory to practice and provides rationale for prescribing decisions and reflective practice
  • An single station Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) which takes place in a simulated setting
  • Satisfactory completion of the period of practice experience
  • A written examination consisting of 20 short answer/multiple choice questions (MCQ)
  • A numerical assessment within the context of prescribing practice

Available module on the following courses:

Apprenticeship Advanced Clinical Practice

Apprenticeship Advanced Clinical Practice (Critical Care)

Advanced Clinical Practice

Advanced Clinical Practice (Critical Care)


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Module running dates for the 2022/23 academic year will be available June 2022.