Taught course

Medicines Management

Ulster University · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

To apply for this programme you MUST

a) Be registered with the HCPC in one of the relevant Allied Health Professions

b) Be professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to regularly use independent prescribing or supplementary prescribing

c) Be able to demonstrate support from their employer/sponsor* including confirmation that the entrant will have appropriate supervised practice in the clinical area in which they are expected to prescribe

d) Be able to demonstrate medicines and clinical governance arrangements are in place to support safe and effective supplementary and/or independent prescribing

e) Have an approved prescribing mentor, normally recognised by the employer/ commissioning organisation as having:

i) Experience in the relevant field of practice

ii) Training and experience in the supervision, support and assessment of trainees

iii) Has agreed to; - Provide the student with opportunities to develop competences in prescribing

- Supervise, support and assess the student during their clinical placement.


f) Have normally at least 3 years relevant post-qualification experience in the clinical area in which they will be prescribing.

g) Be working at an advanced practitioner or equivalent level.

h) Be able to demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

i) In England and Wales, provide evidence of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or in Northern Ireland, an AccessNI check within the last three years or, in Scotland, be a current member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.

*If self-employed, must be able to demonstrate an identified need for prescribing and that all appropriate governance arrangements are in place

The University will consider application from those not on the HCPC register who wish to undertake the programme for academic purpose ONLY

Months of entry


Course content

Non-medical prescribing skills provide the ability to address and/or enhance patient’s medicines management as part of a holistic care package. This programme teaches HCPC registered and eligible health professionals independent/supplementary prescribing competencies as required by the DH, HCPC and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Health professionals not currently eligible for independent/supplementary prescribing rights, but who are working under patient group directives and wish to extend their academic knowledge of prescribing will also be considered for this programme.

By completing your studies in both Pharmacotherapeutics in Prescribing and Prescribing in Practice you will meet the requisite training for physiotherapists, podiatrists, therapeutic radiographers and paramedics as independent/supplementary prescribers, and diagnostic radiographers and dietitians as
supplementary prescribers.

You will benefit from a range of learning experiences, across and between multiple disciplines which will enhance your knowledge and skills, encourage critical thinking, creativity and strategic planning in independent and/or supplementary prescribing within your professional field, thereby enhancing employability.

Professional Recognition - Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as an Independent and/or Supplementary Prescriber.

Information for international students

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 7.0 with no band score less than 6.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    9-12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Kerry Clarke
+44 (0)28 9036 6984