Taught course


University of Brighton · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Nurse applicants to the independent and supplementary programme must meet the following requirements: - must be a registered first level nurse, midwife and/or specialist community public health nurse - must have at least three years’ experience as a practising nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse and be deemed competent by your employer to undertake the programme. Of these three years, the year immediately before application to the programme must have been in the clinical field in which you intend to prescribe, eg. neonates, mental health. Part-time workers must have practiced for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by their employer. - must provide evidence of the ability to study at minimum academic level six (degree). In addition, you will need to have written confirmation from: your employer of their support for the applicant to undertake the preparation programme; and a designated medical practitioner (DMP)* who meets eligibility criteria for medical supervision of nurse prescribers and who has agreed to provide the required term of supervised practice. It is the local employer’s responsibility to ensure up-to-date police checks and prerequisite skills of diagnosis, history taking and clinical examination prior to application, as appropriate. If you are self-employed you will need to demonstrate, with evidence, that you meet the minimum requirements for governance. Physiotherapist, podiatrist and chiropodist applicants must meet the following requirements: - be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as either a physiotherapist or podiatrist/chiropodist - have at least three years' appropriate patient-orientated experience practising in a hospital, community or primary care setting following your pre-registration year - identify an area of clinical practice and need in which to develop your prescribing skills - have evidence of up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to your intended area of prescribing practice - demonstrate how you reflect on your own performance and take responsibility for your own CPD - demonstrate how you will develop your own networks for support, reflection and learning, including prescribers from other professions - have a designated medical practitioner (DMP)*, normally recognised by the employing or health service commissioning organisation as having experience in a relevant field of practice, with training and experience in the supervision, support and assessment of trainees, and who has agreed to: provide the student with opportunities to develop competencies in prescribing; and supervise, support and assess the student during their clinical placement - have at least three years relevant post-qualification experience - must provide clear documented evidence that you have appropriate background knowledge and experience and are able to study at academic level 6, or level 7. *Please note and ensure that the DMP is aware that there is, currently, no financial support for undertaking this role.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is offered for nurses, midwives, podiatrists and physiotherapists* wishing to become an independent prescriber.

On the course you will develop your clinical skills to meet the standards and competencies (academic and practical) required by the relevant regulatory body and the national Single Competency Framework for all Prescribers (2012) and the Medicines Optimisation Guidance (2015). The course is underpinned and promotes the values enshrined in the NHS Constitution, which include respect and dignity, compassion and working together for patients.

The course consists of two parts, depending on whether you are looking for standalone preparation for annotation (formal recognition) to the relevant register for independent prescribing, or an opportunity to, following annotation and a period of prescribing practice, complete a further module and be awarded a graduate or postgraduate certificate in prescribing.

Prescribers with an existing annotation for independent prescribing may also apply to undertake the graduate or postgraduate certificate, providing they can demonstrate that they have a minimum 40 level 7 credits.

*The Human Medicines Regulations (sections 214 and 215, 2012) identifies appropriate practitioners (the term that will be used throughout) who have the legal entitlement to become independent prescribers.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


part time
36 months

Course contact details

School of Health Sciences