30 Credits at Level 7

Independent & Supplementary Prescribing

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Completion of this multi-professional course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to safely prescribe medicines within your scope of practice.

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Course overview

During the course you will develop your knowledge of medicines management focused consultations, pharmacology & therapeutics, and the legal / ethical & professional issues related to prescribing across the lifespan. During the course you will undertake supervised practice, completing a portfolio to demonstrate achievement of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (2021) A competency framework for all prescribers.

On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply to your professional regulator for annotation as an independent and / or supplementary prescriber.

What you need to know

Course start date

January 2024


University of Winchester Campus

Course length

6 months


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Typical offer

Health Professionals



Course features

  • Accredited by the NMC, HCPC and GPhC.
  • Available as a standalone professional development module or as part of an MSc Advanced Clinical Practice pathway.

Course details

Module dates

Offered February and September.


University of Winchester campus.

Learning and teaching

The Independent & Supplementary Prescribing course consists of 10 face-to-face taught days, 16 self-directed days, a separate exam day and completion of a minimum of 90 hours (12 days) supervised practice supported by a Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) to ensure you apply knowledge to your own clinical setting and achieve the required competencies. Due to the nature of this course 100% attendance is required for the taught elements.

A variety of learning and teaching methods are utilised in this course, supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) CANVAS. These include lectures, case studies, small group work, tutor-led tutorials and seminars, and guided independent study. 

Overall, you can expect to devote a minimum of 300 hours study to this course. Support will be given to enable you to engage in a process of self-analysis and evaluation to identify areas in which you are already competent, and those which require further learning and development. At the start of the course, you will develop a personal learning contract, which will be used (in conjunction with your DPP/Practice Supervisor*), to plan your learning and enable each of the module learning outcomes and practice competencies to be met

*To comply with the NMC (2018) Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment, NMC registrants undertaking the course must have a separate Practice Assessor (DPP) and Practice Supervisor (DPS) throughout the period of supervised practice.

How to Apply

  • Applicants are advised to consult their local non-medical prescribing policy and discuss their application with the local non-medical prescribing lead / Line manager (or equivalent prescribing governance lead) prior to applying.
  • Self-employed applicants should contact the programme leader to discuss their application.
  • To apply for a course, you must complete the University online application form; AND Independent Prescribing Additional Application Form to your online application.
  • Please do not complete the University online application form until you have completed the Independent Prescribing Additional Application Form 2022-23, have copies of all the required documents and can upload them into your online application.
  • Failure to provide all required information at time of application will delay your application and may result in you losing your place on your preferred course.

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Interview requirements

Self-employed applicants are required to contact the admissions team/programme leader for advice prior to application and an interview with the programme leader may be required to ensure eligibility to undertake the module.

For general enquiries please contact the department administrator at HWBShortCourses@winchester.ac.uk


Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions


Topic 1
  • Initiatives supporting telehealth
  • Defining telehealth, telemedicine and remote consultations
  • Digital capabilities framework
  • Professional standards
  • Considerations before setting up a remote consultation service
  • Considerations before starting an individual consultation
  • Aspects around confirming identity and safeguarding of the health care professional and service user
Topic 2
  • Review of what information do you need before the remote consultation?
  • Tips on communication with service users during a remote consultation
  • Vulnerable children and service users
  • Considerations for completing assessment and planning treatment
  • What to do if you have concerns regarding a service-users safety or deteriorating clinical condition
  • Considerations for record keeping and adherence to General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)


Topic 3
  • The use of audit as part of a remote consultations
  • What is an audit standard and how to audit your practice
  • Why is audit important
  • How can audit be used within a quality improvement framework as part of an audit cycle or quality improvement project

Entry requirements

Health Professionals

This module is only available to eligible UK based healthcare professionals registered with the NMC, HCPC or GPhC / PSNI. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications from Midwives at this present time.

  • A minimum of a lower second-class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent qualifications and experience.
  • Be working in an area that will enable the student to achieve the required practice competencies, and where there is an identified need for the applicant to regularly use independent prescribing.
  • Have employer / organisational support and have identified a Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP), who meets the criteria as specified in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (2019) Competency Framework for Designated Prescribing Practitioners.
  • Have a current enhanced DBS.

The following additional profession specific entry criteria also apply:

NMC Registrants:

  • Registered nurse (Level 1) or Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.
  • A minimum of 1-year post-registration experience and be working in the role in which they will prescribe for a minimum of 1-year.
  • In addition to an identified DPP (Practice Assessor), a separate Practice Supervisor must be identified. If for any reason this is not possible, please contact the programme leader to discuss.
  • Confirmation by employer that applicant is proficient in clinical assessment, diagnostics & care management, planning & evaluation of care.

HCPC Registrants (excluding paramedics):

  • Registered physiotherapist, therapeutic radiographer, or chiropodist/podiatrist.
  • Diagnostic Radiographers and Dieticians may only apply for supplementary prescribing.
  • A minimum of three years relevant post-qualification experience in the clinical area in which they will be prescribing.

HCPC Paramedic Registrants:

  • To have been qualified for 5 years and have completed (or be working towards) an advanced practice qualification at level 7 (MSc) as defined by Health Education England (HEE).

GPhC / PSNI Pharmacist Registrants:

  • To have at least 2 years of appropriate patient-orientated experience post registration in a relevant UK practice setting.
  • To be of good standing with the GPhC or PSNI.

No International Entry for this course.

This course is only available to UK base healthcare professionals.

Additional costs

For information about staff and student discounts please contact the short course administrator HWBShortCourses@winchester.ac.uk.