Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for AHPs

(Application Code SAH – Honours Level)

Key Details

Academic credit: 30 CATS Credits at Level 6 Honours

Runs in: Semester 1 or 2

Consists of: This course consists of 12 taught days and 14 e-learning days. Students are also required to complete a minimum of 12 days (90 hours) supervised practice.

Deadline for applications: 9 December 2016 (January 2017 entry), 11 August 2017 (September 2017 entry), 8 December 2017 (January 2018 entry)

The Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for AHPs course provides a programme of preparation for chiropodists / podiatrists and physiotherapists to develop the knowledge and skills required in order to practice as a safe, effective and competent Independent and Supplementary Prescriber who is able to provide a high professional standard of care and be accountable for that care.


  • Module U46376 - Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for AHPs


To be eligible for this course, you will need to have studied at Level 6, or be able to provide evidence of your potential to study at this level.

Course Content

The course introduces pharmacology, legal and ethical prescribing, interpersonal skills and quality assurance aspects of prescribing. These are underpinned by reflection on your own experience, evaluation of your own performance and application of theory to practice. It also enables participants to be aware of current developments within non-medical prescribing in the UK.

The course assessment comprises:

  • Submission of a Portfolio of Prescribing Evidence (graded). The portfolio MUST include a personal formulary from within the individual practitioner’s scope of practice (Pass/Fail).
  • Successful completion of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (Pass/Fail)
  • Successful completion of a Pharmacology in class test: 25 multiple choice / short answer questions (80% pass mark required to pass the pharmacology exam)
  • Successful completion of a Numeracy in-class test: 5 multiple choice questions (100%) required to pass the numeracy exam) (Pass/Fail)
  • Satisfactory completion of the 90 hours (12 days), period of practice experience (Pass/Fail).

Access Criteria

Access to this course is available to chiropodists / podiatrists and physiotherapists who meet the following criteria. You must:

  • Be a Registered Chiropodist/Podiatrist or Physiotherapist whose name is held on the relevant part of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration record.
  • Be working at an advanced practitioner or equivalent level and have at least 3 years relevant post-qualification experience in the clinical area in which they will be prescribing.
  • Be professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to regularly use independent / supplementary prescribing.
  • Be able to demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own Continuing Professional Development (CPD) including development of networks for support, reflection and learning.
  • Have reached agreement with a designated medical practitioner (DMP) to provide 90 hours (12 days) of supervised practice. The DMP must be recognised by the employer / commissioning organisation as having:
    • experience in the relevant field of practice
    • training and experience in the supervision, support and assessment of trainees and agreed to:
      • provide the student with opportunities to develop competence in prescribing
      • supervise, support and assess the student during their practice experience
  • Have the support of your employer / sponsor who will confirm:
    • that your post is one in which you will have the need and opportunity to act as an independent or supplementary prescriber
    • The practitioner will have appropriate supervised practice in the clinical area in which they are expected to prescribe
    • Appropriate medicines governance / clinical governance arrangements are in place to support safe and effective independent and supplementary prescribing.
  • Have successfully completed a history-taking and assessment module or be deemed competent in practice to take a history and make a diagnosis for the conditions for which they will prescribe.
  • Have a current satisfactory full enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (within the last 3 years)
  • Have the confirmed agreement from the Trust’s Non-Medical Prescribing lead in order to undertake the course.

If you meet these criteria, your next step is to submit an application form with all the required documents. If you are ready to apply then please make an application through the online application service. You will need to register for the portal before proceeding with your application.


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