Practice Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing – Pharmacists - 7NU527

About this module

This module will provide the nurse or pharmacist with the necessary skills and knowledge to practise and develop as independent prescribers and to meet the standards set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) (Pharmacists) & the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) (Nurses). They will be enabled to appreciate the standards and guidance for non-medical prescribers as laid down by the GPh & NMC, and be exposed to a multi/inter professional learning environment in which to develop a greater understanding of each health professional’s role in achieving improved patient care. Students will be encouraged to foster the ethos of continuing professional development, as supported by the National Prescribing Centre.

Learning Beyond Registration

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) is a vital part of developing competent, capable health service practitioners prepared to deliver a dynamic, flexible, quality, client-focused service. If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands then you may be eligible for fee-free access to our LBR modules and/or programmes. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply.

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Continuing Professional Development

CPD is a core element of every health and social care professional's development journey. We have CPD modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (levels 6 and 7), which have all been tailored to meet the needs of practitioners and managers working within the health and social care sectors. We have modules to suit nurses, occupational therapists, hand therapists, radiographers, psychotherapists, and those working within complementary therapies.

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Which professions is this module aimed at? Nursing and Paramedic

Start dates are usually: September or January

Module level: Level 7

Module credits: 40 credits

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will:

  • Understand what the responsibility and role of the independent prescriber entails, be aware of their own limitations and work within the limits of their own professional competence – knowing when and how to refer, consult or seek guidance from another member of the health care team.
  • Develop an effective relationship and communication with patients, carers, other prescribers and members of the health care team.
  • Describe the pathophysiology of the condition being treated and recognise the signs and symptoms of illness taking an accurate history and carry out a relevant clinical assessment where necessary.
  • Use common diagnostic aids e.g. stethoscope, sphygmomanometer.
  • Able to use diagnostic aids relevant to the condition(s) for which the pharmacist intends to prescribe, including monitoring response to therapy.
  • Apply clinical assessment skills to:

      -    Inform a working diagnosis

      -    Formulate a treatment plan

      -    The prescribing of one or more medications if appropriate

      -    Carry out a checking process to ensure patient safety

      -    Monitor response to therapy, review the working/differential diagnosis and modify

       -    Treatment or refer / consult / seek guidance as appropriate

  • Demonstrate a shared approach to decision making by assessing patients’ needs for Medicines, taking account of their wishes and values and those of their carers when making prescribing decisions.
  • Identify and access sources of information, advice and decision support and demonstrate how they will use them in patient care taking into account evidence based practice and national / local guidelines where they exist.
  • Recognise, evaluate and respond to influences on prescribing practice at individual, local and national levels.
  • Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively (a, b, c – refer to   Programme Handbook pages 24-26).
  • Work within a prescribing partnership.
  • Maintain accurate, effective and timely records and ensure that other prescribers and health care staff are appropriately informed.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the public health issues related to medicines use.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal, ethical and professional framework for accountability and responsibility in relation to prescribing.
  • Work within clinical governance frameworks that include audit of prescribing practice and personal development.
  • Participate regularly in CPD and maintain a record of their CPD activity.

Fees and finance

Studying via LBR

If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands you may be eligible for fee-free access to out LBR modules. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply. Find out more at

Self-funded CPD

If you're self-funding, then the team you need to contact depends upon how you wish to study. Some modules are available online whereas others are studied on campus, through distance learning or a mixture of the two.

Where will I study?

You'll study this module at our Kedleston Road site, Derby.

Contact details

To find out more about studying this module through the LBR scheme, please contact the LBR team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591992

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For campus, blended or distance learning modules please contact the College of Health and Social care team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591703