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CPD Independent and Supplementary Prescribing

Level 7 (postgraduate), 20 credits

Start dates
September, January, April
Course length
15 weeks PartTime
City campus

Course cost

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Course aim

This course is designed to enable multi-professional clinicians to practice safely and effectively as independent and/or supplementary non-medical prescribers within the appropriate legal framework and standards set by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Course content

Course under review

Please note that no further applications are being accepted for this programme for September 2023 or January 2024.

During this course, you will explore issues most relevant to prescribing, including:

  • consultation, history taking and decision-making
  • influences on and psychology of prescribing
  • prescribing in a team context and sharing information
  • evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to non medical prescribing
  • legal, policy and ethical aspects
  • professional accountability and responsibility
  • prescribing in the public health context


Teaching and learning

This part-time programme is delivered over 16 weeks and includes 26 days of theory and 12 days of clinical practice. The number of intakes per year is determined by the number of places commissioned. Intakes are either September to January or January to May.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

  • Undergraduate degree

    Students applying to complete the independent and supplementary prescribing qualification at level 7 should have evidence of previous degree level study. 

  • Relevant work experience

    Students must be registered with either NMC as a Nurse (level 1)/Midwife/SCPHN, or HCPC with a minimum of 1 years post registration experience in the clinical field in which they are intending to prescribe.

Further information

  • Extra Requirements

    Confirmation of satisfactory references and DBS checks are also required and recorded via completion of the NWNMPEG application form.

How to apply

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU CPD application form. You will need to provide details of your qualifications and curent employment.


You will be assessed via:

  • a reflective portfolio
  • a written examination: multichoice and short answer questions
  • achievement of practice-based competencies
  • objective structured clinical examination numeracy test

CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development course is stand-alone and is not within a wider award framework.


The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

Further guidance on programme changes.