Independent / Supplementary Prescribing
Join our successful prescribing programme and qualify as a non-medical prescriber.
Apply now for April 2024!
Join our successful prescribing programme and qualify as a non-medical prescriber.
Apply now for April 2024!
This is a well-established and successful independent/supplementary prescribing programme for pharmacists, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, podiatrists, radiographers and dietitians.
It is a part-time, blended learning programme which leads to you qualifying as an independent prescriber (community and primary care pharmacists, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, podiatrists, paramedics and therapeutic radiographers) or as a supplementary prescriber (diagnostic radiographers and dietitians). You develop the knowledge and skills to practise as prescribers and to meet the standards set by your respective professional/regulatory body. Available as eight or 12 months duration. Also available at Level 6 for nurses/midwives.
If you are a pharmacist, nurse, midwife, physiotherapist, podiatrist, radiographer or dietitian looking to become a prescriber this is the programme you are looking for.
We also run a 40-credit module as part of the University of Greenwich MSc Advanced Clinical Practice. If you are part of this Greenwich programme and have selected the Prescribing module then you do need to complete our Prescribing Application form.
If you are a pharmacist in the HEE LaSE area and want to improve your clinical skills and undertake a prescribing programme, we do offer a combination of one of our short course modules, Clinical Consultation Assessment and Diagnosis with our PGCert independent / Supplementary Prescribing. This is HEE funded for a limited time!
We have two different programme lengths to choose from. You can study over the REGULAR eight months or choose the EXTENDED programme over 12 months. Priority for the regular length programme will be given to those with a clearly defined scope of practice. The extended programme is for all those who may prefer, or who will benefit from, a longer period of study. It is especially suitable for those studying at Level 6 and community pharmacists.
All application forms are to be emailed to MSOPPGTAdmin@greenwich.ac.uk
Please do not post any application forms.
You can find upcoming cohort dates under Course Structure.
All dates and deliveries subject to change.
Your application deadlines are different as you are also applying for our Clinical Consultation Assessment and Diagnosis Module. Please check the application form.
The Prescribing Programme is delivered by distance learning with a total of nine in person study days at the University, plus 12 days clinical practice, overseen by a DPP/PS/PE.
This course is accredited by GPhC, NMC, HCPC.
Medway School of Pharmacy is one of the few regional schools of pharmacy in the UK, a collaboration between the University of Kent and the University of Greenwich.
The impetus for the formation of the Medway School of Pharmacy came from the local community, who recognised the shortage of qualified pharmacists in all branches of the pharmacy profession in Kent.
The School is now recognised as an established school with accreditation from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are employed in health disciplines in Kent and the south-east and more broadly across the UK.
It would be helpful (but not essential) for applicants to submit their Qualification certificates with their applications.
Please note students need to be in active clinical practice to be on this programme of study. The longest period of time a student can be out of clinical practice while on the programme is 2 consecutive weeks. This means that if you are on maternity leave, secondment or sabbatical, you are not currently eligible to undertake the programme of study. Please apply when you return to work.
While we welcome applications with a focus on aesthetics, we recommend a broader scope than botulinum.
All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.
Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.
The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.
For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.
The programme consists of four compulsory modules at either level 7 or level 6.
Duration: 8 or 12 months part-time
Take the Independent / Supplementary Prescribing programme as a standalone qualification; OR continue on to Medicines Optimisation. The prescribing programme can be used as either the first or second year of the Medicines Optimisation qualification. You will need to apply for the Prescribing Programme separately to the Medicines Optimisation Programme. Acceptance onto one programme does not guarantee acceptance onto the other.
On successful completion, the School notifies the appropriate professional / regulatory body that you have qualified as an independent / supplementary prescriber.
The dates for the cohorts that are coming up are as follows:
If you are applying for the 40 credit module as part of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice with the university of Greenwich, you need to apply for Cohort 72. The deadlines and dates are below.
Assessment days: 29th, 30th, 31st, October, 05th & 06th November 2024 (students will be allocated one of these days once they commence on the programme).
Application deadline 19th January 2024
Assessment days: 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th& 19th March 2025 (students will be allocated one of these days once they commence on the programme).
Application deadline 15th March 2024
28th , 29th, 30th April, 01st, & 02nd May 2025 (students will be allocated one of these days once they commence on the programme).
Application deadline 07thJune 2024
(More dates for 2024/2025 entry to be confirmed)
You need to be available to attend all of the study days. All Study days are delivered in person at our Medway Campus.
You will be allocated a PAPP date on one of the listed assessment days. Pharmacists will need to attend the Medway Campus for the PAPP assessment in person.
Please ensure you are available for all the study and assessment days before applying.
These dates are subject to change.
Each module and its assessments are applied to your scope of practice. All of the assessments are different in focus and require different things from you. You are given feedback on your work before your next assignment is due to be submitted.
Case Study: written assignment using a patient case to demonstrate a systematic understanding of relevant frameworks, including budgetary constraints at national and local level.
Legislative Essay: written assignment reviewing the changes in legislation in relation to prescribing and the impact in regards to accountability and responsibility.
Exam: includes sections on Numeracy, Using the BNF and Pharmacology pre-seen essay element to demonstrate the required knowledge, understanding and skills.
Evidence Based Medicine: written assignment analysing the primary evidence as it applies to a specific patient within your scope of practice.
Practical Assessment of Prescribing Practice: a high-fidelity clinical situation tailored to your individual scope of practice.
Narrative: written assignment used to explain how your portfolio demonstrates that you have met the requirements for the programme.
Portfolio of evidence: demonstrating how you have met the prescribing competencies, learning outcomes and professional requirements for your regulatory body (NMC, HCPC, GPhC)
The type of assessments are the same for each version of the modules (level 6 or level 7).
This programme aims to:
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
You develop intellectual skills in:
You gain subject-specific skills in:
You will gain the following transferable skills:
Postgraduate students have access to all the facilities at the Medway School of Pharmacy, including clinical skills labs and a ‘simulation man’. As the School of Pharmacy is a joint venture between the two universities, students have access to facilities at Kent’s Medway and Canterbury campuses, and the University of Greenwich.
While on a distance learning programme you need to be able to organise your time carefully and negotiate with your workplace on how this programme will work for you and your employer. We will provide you with a comprehensive list of dates for submission to help you plan your placement time and to help you negotiate study leave so you can complete your assignments and portfolio.
You will already possess most, if not all, of the required skills such as navigating around a webpage or attaching a file and uploading this to a website or email. The academic skills required will depend on your level of study and how recently you last studied. The universities have good resources that you can access to help you rediscover or reinvigorate these skills as needed.
Getting to grips with the virtual learning environment (Moodle) early will be really useful to you. This is where the course is delivered. You will be able to get feedback at regular intervals to help you with your assignments, access practice quizzes and examples of the assessments, revisit lecture material when it suits you and download Course Study Guides & Workbooks for each of the four modules within the programme.
Please have a look at the following guides:
Students will need access to the BNF App for the duration of the programme and throughout their career as a prescriber upon completion of the programme.
All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.
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There is a high and rising demand for a range of healthcare professionals to qualify as non-medical prescribers. There are career opportunities for both non-medical prescribing nurse practitioners and pharmacists in GP surgeries or other primary care settings and enhanced options for radiographers, physiotherapists, podiatrists and dietitians with the prescribing qualification.
Accreditation with the GPhC, HCPC or the NMC as a non-medical prescriber
The annual tuition fees for students starting this course in January 2024 can be found on the Student Finance page.
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
See the Medway School of Pharmacy website for Postgraduate Fees
To apply please use the forms below:
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