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Community Practitioner Nurse or Midwifery Prescribing Module

Code Level 6: NSA 3901
Level 7: NSA 4902
Start date January 2020
Duration 11 days of on-campus study
10 days supervised learning in practice
Attendance Part-time
Fees See Fees and funding tab
Course leader Alison Harris


This module’s aim is to successfully develop nurses and midwives who are safe community practitioner prescribers, and who are competent to assess, manage and prescribe in their area of clinical expertise. You will be working in conjunction with your patients and a multidisciplinary team to give holistic care.

Expertise and awareness of limitations are key to accountability and safe prescribing, and it is our aim to provide the support, knowledge and development of professionalism which is essential to the successful completion of the module.

This module will lead to the V150 NMC register recordable qualification

This course has been accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Course content

The focus of the syllabus will address pharmacological principles including:

  • pharmacokinetics and the principles of prescribing with special groups
  • the elderly
  • children
  • pregnancy
  • liver and renal impairment.

Students will be encouraged to relate theory to practice, so that they fully understand pharmacological principles. The principles of ethical, legal and pharmaceutical influences will be discussed, along with the principles of safe prescribing and the reduction of risks, and the reasons for errors. You will work alongside a practice assessor while focusing on practice-based prescribing.

Teaching and learning

A range of strategies will be used to encourage personal development and reflection and discussion through seminars and small group teaching. Teaching will be through blended learning which will utilise online resources and online lectures, and 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. Students will demonstrate pharmacological knowledge in their speciality through presentations of prescribing in specialist groups such as children and older people.

The community practitioner prescribing students 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.

Module teaching dates


Wednesday 15 January 2020

9.00am to 12.00pm

Tuesday 21 January 2020
Wednesday 22 January 2020
Tuesday 28 January 2020
Wednesday 29 January 2020

9.00am to 4.00pm

Tuesday 4 February 2020
Wednesday 5 February 2020
Tuesday 11 February 2020

9.00am to 4.00pm

Wednesday 12 February 2020
Tuesday 18 February 2020
Tuesday 25 February 2020

9.00am to 12.00pm

Wednesday 26 February 2020

9.00am to 4.00pm

Tuesday 3 March 2020

9.00am to 12.00pm

Wednesday 4 March 2020

9.00am to 4.00pm

Final pharmacology exam:
Tuesday 28 or Wednesday 29 April 2020

9.00am to 12.00pm


  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 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
  4. Successful completion of Practice Assessment Document following 10 days (65 hours) of supervised clinical practice.

This is a fantastic course. I learned a lot and met some great people!

Qualified community nurse

Entry requirements

  • You must be a registered nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse
  • No minimum post-registration experience is required but each application will be individually reviewed
  • You must provide evidence of ability to study at level 5 if applying for the level 6 prescribing module and level 6 if applying for the level 7 prescribing module
  • Good command of written and spoken English
  • You must be able to demonstrate a good standard of numeracy skills
  • You must hold a current DBS (within the last three years)
  • Your prescribing lead confirms that you have expertise in your clinical area
  • You will be competent in clinical history-taking, undertaking clinical assessments and diagnosing in your area of practice
  • There must be a clinical need to prescribe within the current role
  • You must have an identified practice assessor in line with the NMC requirements.

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.

Note, both forms must be submitted together for your application to be considered.

Please also provide written confirmation of the following:

  • Employer support to undertake the programme
  • Programme lead selection of the candidate on to the programme
  • The name of and written agreement from the community nurse prescriber mentor (who must meet the eligibility criteria for supervision of community nurse prescribers) that they have agreed to provide the required term of supervised practice
  • A DBS check within the last three years

Applicants will be invited to a 20-minute interview at Middlesex University, Hendon, on Monday 2 or Tuesday 3 December 2019. Interviewees will be a member of the teaching team and a service user.

Fees and funding

The fees* below refer to the 2019/20 academic year unless otherwise stated.

£60 per credit
£2,700 for 45 credits

*Course fees are subject to annual inflation.

There are several funding options available:

  • receiving course fees via CPPD contracts between NHS trusts and Middlesex University
  • paying your own fees
  • sponsorship by your employer (but not under a CPPD contract).

For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.

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