Non-medical prescribing: prescribing from the community practitioners formulary for nurses and midwives without a specialist practice qualification (degree level)

Key features

Learn to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively from the Nurse Prescribers Formulary for Community Practitioners.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree


Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth

Course details

The module consists of ten taught days and ten days supervised practice. The purpose of the module is to provide students with the necessary skills and underpinning knowledge to become safe, cost effective and competent prescribers. It does not provide the student with diagnostic skills.

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  • prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively in complex contexts within a framework of professional, legal and ethical accountability
  • demonstrate systematic knowledge of the basic principles of pharmacology including the effects of co-morbidity, poly-pharmacy, adverse drug reactions and prescribing for special groups
  • assess and consult with service users and their carers, to undertake a thorough and systematic holistic assessment, including medication history and current medication (including over the counter, alternative and complementary health therapies) to inform in depth diagnosis in specialist area and to make a prescribing decision, including record keeping
  • critically appraise, use sources of information, new evidence, advice and decision support systems in prescribing practice and evaluate reliability and validity of evidence in relation to prescribing practice in the light of clinical experience, audit and clinical reflection
  • critically evaluate the current wider influences that can affect prescribing practice, and demonstrate understanding and apply the relevant legislation to the practice of nurse/midwife prescribing by managing your prescribing practice in systematic and ethical way
  • demonstrate an understanding of the roles and relationships of others involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medicines with minimal supervision taking responsibility and accepting accountability as part of a wider team
  • when working with children as part of your clinical practice, demonstrate that you can take an appropriate history, undertake a clinical assessment and make an appropriate diagnosis in your clinical area, having considered the legal, cognitive, emotional and physical differences between children and adults.

Learning outcomes are mapped to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (2006) Standards of Proficiency for Nurse and Midwife Prescribers and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (2016) Competency Framework for all Prescribers.

This module could be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some other BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

Module dates

The dates for the next delivery are to be confirmed.

Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change, always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

Entry requirements

This module would benefit registered nurses and midwives who are working in community settings where there is a clear service need to prescribe products and medications from the Nurse Prescribers Formulary for Community Practitioners.

To be eligible for the module you need to:

  • have undertaken academic study at level 5 (i.e. foundation degree) or level 6 (i.e. bachelors degree) in the past five years
  • be a first level registered Nurse or Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and provide evidence of your NMC PIN on application
  • provide evidence that there is a clear service need for you to prescribe for your patients
  • have secured a mentor who is on your organisations register of mentors and who is a Community Practitioner Nurse or Midwife Prescriber to supervise you for the duration of the course
  • be clinically competent
  • provide written evidence to your employers and us that you understand the need to protect patients
  • provide evidence that you have had the appropriate Disclosure and Barring Screening (DBS) check for your current post within the last three years. If the DBS check identified that you have received a caution or offence, this must be discussed by you with your employer and with the course lead.

Accreditation prior learning (APL) is not available for this module.

Fees and funding


Please see our professional development module fees page.


Funding for this module may be available through your employing trust. Please contact your trust’s education coordinator in the first instance. If you work in the private, independent or voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you accordingly.