Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing (V100)

Key information

Start date:
Due to run in 2023/24
Attendance dates:
To be confirmed
Kate Granger Building, 30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YH

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online.

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Contact details:
  • Level
    6 (undergraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module aims

This module aims to:

  • Equip you with the principles of prescribing to enable you to be a safe, effective and cost-effective prescriber in a primary care setting.
  • Enable you to understand the principles of good prescribing, the law relating to prescribing, accountability in prescribing and the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs that are listed in the Nurse Prescribers Formulary.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you will have the knowledge and skills to meet the standards of proficiency required for community practitioner nurse prescribing and will be able to: 

  • Assess and consult with patients/clients and parents/carers
  • Undertake a thorough history, including medication history and current medication (including over-the-counter, alternative and complementary health therapies) to inform diagnosis
  • Understand and apply the relevant legislation to the practice of nurse/midwife prescribing
  • Critically appraise, use sources of information/advice and decision support systems in prescribing practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical dimensions of prescribing
  • Understand and apply knowledge of drug actions in prescribing practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and relationships of others involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medicines
  • Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively
  • Practise within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in prescribing.

Course content

Indicative module content includes:

Learning and teaching methods

For the 2023/24 curriculum, our PGT/CPD modules will continue to be delivered using hybrid learning. This means that depending on the subject and content of learning and teaching, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face to face and online delivery (both live and asynchronous), as this has worked really well for our practice-based colleagues. It is important to recognise the majority of modules contain face to face contact time and attendance at the University will be required.

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Discussion groups
  • Seminars
  • Case studies
  • Pre and post session study
  • E-leaning.


The assessment is designed to demonstrate the integrative nature of the learning and its application in practice and consists of three parts:


  1. A general paper of multiple choice questions  - pass mark: 80 per cent
  2. A calculation paper of short answer questions - pass mark: 100 per cent.  


A critical account of a prescribing incident, following the principles of good prescribing.

Practice log 

A log of 18 prescribing related, practice hours and two prescriptions relevant to practice should be included (one related to the essay).    

Course leader

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Felicity Jones

Senior Lecturer in Integrated Care (Population Health), Director of Studies for Specialist Practice

Entry requirements

You must be a qualified Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Specialist Practice or Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) working in primary care.

Fees and funding


How to apply

Please download and fill in an application form. 

Please note: 

  1. Applications typically close six weeks before the start of the module or earlier if we reach a maximum number of applications. If we still have spaces on the course, we may extend the application deadline date.
  2. It is important to ensure that you complete all sections and answer all questions, incomplete forms will cause a delay and may result in you missing out on an available place.
  3. If you are registered on a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course then you will need to complete an application form for each CPD module you wish to apply for.

Send your completed application to

Terms and conditions

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If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

Cancellation policy

If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

Module availability

Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to module content) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the module. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a module with us. Read the full disclaimer.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Kate Granger Building

Our Medicine (Graduate Entry) BMBS degree, nursing and midwifery, and health science courses are taught at the Kate Granger Building (30 Priestley Road), on the Surrey Research Park.

Additional information

Depending on the subject and content, modules will mainly be delivered via a combination of face-to-face and online.

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH.

Post-registration Administration team

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH