Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (V300)

Key information

Start date: 12 May 2022

Attendance dates:

May 2022: 12, 19, 26
June 2022: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
July 2022: 14, 21, 28
August 2022: 04, 11, 18, 25
September 2022: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
October 2022: 06, 13, 20, 27


Distance learning / Kate Granger Building, 30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YH

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:

  • Prepare registered nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, therapeutic radiographers, podiatrists to be safe and effective independent prescribers, and dietitians and diagnostic radiographers to be safe and effective supplementary prescribers. 
  • Professionally develop students in the higher educational context of life wide learning in line with their professional and regulatory bodies and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Competency Framework for all Prescribers (2016).

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

1. Assess the patient

Undertake a thorough history, including medication history and current medication (considering over-the-counter (OTC), alternative and complementary therapies) to inform diagnosis. 

2. Consider the options

Understand the influences that can impact on prescribing. 

3. Reach a shared decision

Critically appraise, use sources of information/advice and decision support systems in prescribing practice including clinical management plans where appropriate. 

4. Prescribe

Understand and apply knowledge of drug actions in prescribing practice and monitor response. 

5. Provide information

Assess, consult and communicate information to patients/clients, parents and carers.

6. Monitor and review

Monitor and respond to drug actions and recognise unsafe practice/systems acting accordingly. 

7. Prescribe safely

Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively. 

8. Prescribe professionally

Practise within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility in relation to the relevant legislation for the registered health care professional body.

9. Improve prescribing in practice

Use clinical supervision and reflective practice to critically analyse and evaluate their ongoing performance as independent prescribers and continuing professional development. 

10. Prescribe as part of a team

Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of others involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medicines and the need for inter-professional working and shared decision making. 

Learning and teaching methods

For the 2020/21 curriculum our CPD modules will be delivered using hybrid learning. This means that depending on the subject and content of learning and teaching, modules may be delivered solely online or via a combination of face to face and online delivery, however for all programmes face to face contact time will be reduced, as per Government guidelines and to ensure the reduction of risk for all. Further information can be sought from the course leader (see below).

Usual learning and teaching methods include:

  • Enquiry-based learning, blended learning opportunities and lectures given by specialist professionals.
  • Formative Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), to develop confidence in assessment and decision-making.
  • Supervised learning in practice, supported by practice supervisor(s)/designated prescribing practitioners.


1. Written final examination

  • Multiple choice questions (80 per cent pass mark).

2. Numerical assessment

  • Including drug calculations within the context of prescribing practice (100 per cent pass mark).

3. Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)

  • Assessed in practice by the practice assessor (designated medical practitioner).

4. Satisfactory completion of practice competencies

  • Assessed by practice assessor (designated medical practitioner).

5. Portfolio of practice evidence

  • Demonstrating application of theory to practice and rationale for prescribing decisions and reflective practice.

Course leader

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Sue Brooks

Senior Teaching Fellow in Integrated Care

Reading list

Take a look at the module reading list.

Entry requirements

You must be an employee with post-registration clinical experience (or part time equivalent) as follows:

  • Nurses and midwives must have been qualified for a minimum of a year
  • Physiotherapists, podiatrists, and therapeutic radiographers, dietitians and diagnostic radiographers must normally have at least two years practicing at an advanced level.

You must have successfully completed a module/relevant study of health assessment that includes diagnostic examination and consultation skills or equivalent (please contact Susan Brooks (course leader) for further advice).

In addition you must have:

  • A written confirmation from your employer/self-declaration of support for you to undertake the module
  • Evidence of your ability to study at level 6 by providing evidence of recent study at level 5 or above in the last five years and CPD once qualified.

You must have access to:

  • A practice assessor: a suitably prepared, qualified and experienced prescriber within your organisation, who will assess summative competencies and an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).
  • Practice supervisor(s): experienced independent prescriber(s) who will support you in applying, reinforcing and demonstrating the required knowledge, skills and behaviours within the workplace through development of formative competencies, for the duration of the course
  • For nurses and midwives, the practice supervisor and practice assessor must be two different people (NMC, 2018) unless exceptional circumstances apply.

Self-employed students require the same practice support to undertake the module.

Fees and funding


How to apply

NHS applicants

You will need to submit the following application forms and documents:

Private and self-employed applicants

You will need to submit the following application forms and documents:

Where to send your application

Send your completed application back to us at the address or email included on the form. 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.

Terms and conditions

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If your sponsoring health care 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. 

Refusal of registration

We reserve the right to refuse registration to this module if:

  1. You are the subject of any current professional investigation
  2. You have unsuccessfully attempted this module at another University.


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