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Community Practitioner Nurse / Midwife Prescribing

Module code NSA 3901
NSA 4902
Level 6 and 7
Credits 30
Start date April 2021
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.

Course content

The module will give you the ability to assess patients in the domiciliary, community and primary care setting, ensuring that all prescribing decisions are patient-centred.

You'll gain the knowledge of the pharmacokinetics of medicines and how pharmacokinetics can be altered in special groups, including children and older people.

You'll develop effective skills of monitoring, reviewing and recording the patient’s prescribed treatment, its effectiveness, side-effects and contraindications and an awareness of adverse drug reactions.

You'll also gain the ability to assess a patient’s health need and prescribe accordingly within your own speciality as well as an enhanced knowledge of the pharmacological properties of medication, possible interactions and adverse effects.

This module supports the professional development of nurses, midwives and SCPHN as it equips you with the skills required by today’s healthcare system.  As a V150 community practitioner prescriber, you can prescribe from the Nurses’ Formulary and support seamless and speedier access to treatment.

Teaching dates

The module will take place on the following dates online from 9:00 to 16:00 (unless otherwise stated below):

  • Induction: 13.1.21
  • April: 20, 21, 27, 28.
  • May: 4, 5, 11, 18 (9-12pm), 19, 25 (9.00-10.30am), 26
  • June: 1 (9.00-12pm), 2 (10.30-4pm), 9 (9.00-10pm), 23, week of 30.6.21 viva voce
  • July: week of the 19th resit viva voce
  • Submission: 28th July
  • Assessment board: November


Week of June 30th, 2021.

Learning and teaching

This module is solely delivered online and is subject to the restrictions placed on the University due to COVID-19.

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

The teaching and acquisition of clinical skills will mostly take place in the practice setting although timetabled seminars will support history taking and consultation skills. 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 online seminars and workshops that reflects their specific needs as they move towards a community nurse prescribing qualification.


In order to demonstrate you have achieved the modules learning outcomes, you will be assessed via:

  1. An oral, 45 minute, viva voce, via Zoom, to test pharmacological knowledge and its application to practice (this oral examination replaces the written pharmacology exam due to Government policy that does not allow on-campus teaching).
  2. Five online numeracy questions
  3. A 2,500 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 the form of 10 days (65 hours) of supervised clinical practice (50% weighting) as well as successful completion of the Practice Assessment Document.

Entry requirements


  • Applicants must be a registered nurse, midwife, or Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN)

Further requirements

We require applicants to be supported by their employer to attend 11 full days of teachings plus one day for the final exam. They must also have access to the practice assessor who is a qualified community practitioner prescriber.

They must demonstrate:

  • Evidence of ability to study at Level 6 with a good command of written and spoken English
  • Good standard of numeracy skills
  • Clinical need to prescribe within the current role

They must hold a current DBS (within the last three years) and be competent in clinical history-taking, undertaking clinical assessments and diagnosing in your area of practice.

How to apply

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.

Staff profiles

Alison Harris

Alison is a community nurse prescriber and is the module leader for this course.

She practised as a district nurse in Hampstead and as a bladder and bowel specialist.

As a nurse lecturer, Alison is the programme leader for the MSc Nursing Studies and the module leader for the BSc Nursing (Top-up)

Su Everett

Su is an independent prescriber and module leader.

She continues to practice within her speciality of sexual health

Mary Clark

Mary is a health visitor and part of the Children's and Young Persons teaching team at Middlesex.

As a V150 prescriber, Mary is part of the NMP teaching team.

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