CPD Independent and Supplementary Prescribing

Level 7 (postgraduate), 20 credits

Start dates

January 2023

Course length

16 weeks

Course cost

Total cost: £1,200


City campus

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

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

Please be advised that we are full for September 2021 and January 2022.  The next available intake will be September 2022.

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

Health care trusts will have the responsibility for selecting applicants for interview by the University. You must be a practitioner with opportunities to practice as an independent and/or supplementary prescriber following the successful completion of the programme.

You must also have:

  • valid registration on the appropriate professional register maintained by the professional bodies
  • appropriate experience in the area in which you will be prescribing
  • at least three years clinical experience (see nomination form)
  • the ability to study at Level 6
  • appropriate numeracy skills to undertake drug calculations
  • the ability to undertake clinical assessment and diagnose within their area of practice
  • a designated medical practitioner who meets the appropriate criteria and is willing to provide 12 days prescribing practice supervision. This will include supervision, opportunities, support and shadowing to develop competence in prescribing
  • the support and agreement from the prescribing lead and the employing organisation to allow your attendance and completion of all elements of the prescribing course

The programme centres on a tripartite commitment between you, LJMU and your employer. Your employer will be required to:

  • commit to ensuring protected practice time
  • the identification of a prescribing supervisor


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.

Further information

For further information please contact:

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Health
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829
E: Health@ljmu.ac.uk

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.