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Non-Medical Prescribing Module

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NSA 3900
NSA 4900
19 days
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Full days, part-time
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Course leader
Suzanne Everett

Develop the skills and evidence-based knowledge to undertake safe, appropriate and cost-effective independent and supplementary prescribing roles in our course designed for nurses, midwives and SPHN where there is a clinical need.

Why study the Non-Medical Prescribing Module* at Middlesex University?

Taught by experienced practitioners and lecturers at our state-of-the-art London campus, this course will build on your existing knowledge base and physical assessment skills to further enhance autonomous practice.

The aim of this course is to successfully develop nurses who are safe non-medical prescribers who are competent to assess, manage and prescribe in their area of clinical expertise, working in conjunction with their patients, and multidisciplinary team to give holistic care. Expertise and awareness of limitations are key to accountability and safe prescribing. It is our role to provide the support, knowledge and development of professionalism which will achieve these nurses.

Armed with these contemporary insights and valuable skills you will not only enhance your practice and career prospects for the future but obtain 45 credits at Level 6 or 7 to put towards a BSc degree, BSc Midwifery (Top Up), MSc Midwifery Studies, MSc Nursing Studies, or MSc Mental Health Studies if you wish.


 Dates Preferred Times
Induction 15 January 2020 9.30am - 12.30pm
NSA4120/3120 21 January 2020
22 January 2020
28 January 2020
29 January 2020
9.00am - 4.00pm

4 February 2020
5 February 2020
11 February 2020
12 February 2020
18 February 2020
25 February 2020
26 February 2020

Lunch break
12.00 – 13.00
3 March 2020
4 March 2020
10 March 2020
11 March 2020
18 March 2020
Exam days
28 April 2020
29 April 2020
13 May 2020 
Resit Exam
3 June 2020
17 June 2020 
Submission of Work
21 June 2020

*Please note this course is subject to review.

The details related to this course are subject to successful revalidation and NMC approval.

What will you study on Non Medical Prescribing Module?

The focus of the syllabus will address pharmacological principles including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and the principles of prescribing with specialist groups, the elderly, children, pregnancy, liver and renal disease. 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 safe prescribing and the reduction of risks, and the reasons for errors. Consultation skills and the causes of adverse incidents, yellow card reporting, social prescribing and clinical governance, along with how to utilise the British National Formulary and other online resources to ensure knowledge and prescribing safe. The importance of professionalism, accountability, supervision and professional development during and on completion of the course will be addressed.

On successful completion of this module you should be able to safely prescribe under Royal Pharmaceutical Society: A competency framework for all prescribers (2016):

  • Able to assess of patients in specialist area of competency, investigating and interpreting the appropriate treatment and management, reviewing adherence and seeking guidance when needed
  • Displays knowledge of non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches to modifying disease and promoting public health using evidence-based practice. Understands the pharmacokinetics of medicines and how these can be altered by age, genetics, pregnancy, renal and liver impairment
  • Works effectively in partnership with patients respecting their values and beliefs about health, understanding reasons for adherence and non-adherence
  • Demonstrates prescribing expertise and pharmacological knowledge using relevant frameworks such as formularies, care pathways and protocols and guidelines in prescribing practice. Accurately calculates relevant prescribing and dosing of medications
  • Shows understanding of the psychological impact patient’s conditions in their area of expertise. How to inform, support and manage these conditions in partnership with patients
  • Monitor and review patient’s treatment, awareness of adverse drug reactions and reporting mechanisms, adapting management in response to changing medical conditions and patients’ preferences
  • Demonstrates prescribing governance, highlighting the importance of safe prescribing, near misses, errors and critical incidents
  • Demonstrates professional prescribing, accountability and responsibility through critically analysing legal and ethical implications to prescribing practice
  • Analyses and reflects on own and others prescribing practice and acts upon feedback, utilising available tools to improve prescribing. Using appropriate mechanisms acts upon unsafe prescribing practice
  • Works effectively as a senior member of the clinical team establishing relationships, negotiating support and supervision; acting as support and role model for other prescribers.


You will be assessed through both an exam and an assignment, and clinical assessment. The final written examination comprises of twenty short answer and MCQ questions.

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

Per credit: £60
45 credits: £2,700

*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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