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Community Practitioner Nurse / Midwife Prescribing

Module code NSA 3901
NSA 4902
Level 6 and 7
Credits 30
Start date January 2020
Fees £1,800
Module leader Alison Harris


The aim of this prescribing qualification is to enable you to support person-centred and holistic care as well as to develop your clinical skills and enhance your professional practice. Upon completion you will be a safe community practitioner prescriber who is competent to assess, manage and prescribe in your area of clinical expertise, working in conjunction with your patients and multidisciplinary team to give holistic care.

You will enhance patient access to community services and be supported and encouraged to develop the level of skills, knowledge and professionalism which are essential to the successful completion of the module.

If you are a registered nurse or midwife or a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) working in the community then this module will allow you to prescribe products from the Nurses’ Formulary.

The module has been validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and can be taken at level 6 or 7 and can be accredited to a postgraduate award such as a master’s degree.

Learning and teaching

A range of strategies will be used to encourage personal development, reflection and discussion through seminars and small group teaching. Teaching will be through blended learning which will utilise online resources and lectures as well as face-to-face lectures and discussion groups involving critical incident analysis.

The teaching and acquisition of clinical skills will take place in the practice setting as well as in the classroom. You will demonstrate pharmacological knowledge in your speciality through presentations of prescribing in specialist groups such as children and older people.

Students on the community practitioner prescribing route will be taught alongside the independent and supplementary prescribing students but will also have some separate seminars and workshops that reflects their specific needs as they move towards a community nurse prescribing qualification.


You will be assessed through a Theory Assessment consisting of:

  1. Final written examination that consists of twenty short answer and multiple-choice questions to test pharmacological knowledge and its application to practice
  2. Five numeracy questions
  3. A 2500 word case study of a patient you have recently made a prescribing decision for, alongside your practice assessor. To include a written prescription. (50% weighting)

There will also be a Practice Assessment which will take take the form of 10 days (65 hours) of supervised clinical practice (50% weighting) as well as successful completion of the Practice Assessment Document.

How to apply

To apply for this module, please download and complete the Entry Criteria Form then complete the Nursing CPD application form. Please ensure to upload your completed Entry Criteria form when submitting the completed application form.

Please note that both forms must be submitted together for your application to be considered.

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