University Award Independent/Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses, Midwives and Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (V300) - Level 7

Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Course overview
  • Course overview
  • Course details
  • Finance
  • Resources and Facilities
  • Meet the staff
Book An Open Day Book An Open Day

Key course details

Location Lancaster, Carlisle - Fusehill Street
Duration Part-time, 18-24 weeks
Start date September 2019; February 2020
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows students to seek to have their qualification recorded by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and to practise as an Independent Nurse Prescriber (V300).

Prescribing by nurses and midwives has evolved to offer better access to medicines and to optimise the skills and expertise of nurses in the provision of care. Where appropriate, nurses and midwives are able to complete episodes of care, whilst also enhancing their role within the team.

Patients evaluate their experience of Nurse Independent prescribing positively.

Students frequently report that the course is probably the most challenging they have undertaken since their pre-registration programme, but also the most rewarding. Students report positively on the organisation of the course and on the support provided for their preparation as prescribers. The programme delivery is designed to provide opportunities for students to receive feedback to support the development of their knowledge, understanding and prescribing practice throughout the programme. We consider all student feedback and work with this to enhance the student experience and outcomes.

We meet regularly with Non-Medical Prescribing Leads and mentors to ensure that the programme maintains its relevance to the constantly evolving environment of healthcare. The programme team includes academic staff who continue to work in practice.

Further information and examples of Nurse Independent prescribing roles can be found using the link to the Non-Medical Prescribing Guide: a quick guide for commissioners (National Prescribing Centre, 2010).

Community Practitioners wishing to apply for the Prescribing for Community Practitioner Nurses (V150) programme, please see the course information page.

Graduate destinations

Non-medical prescribing is offered as stand-alone provision, but can also contribute to a postgraduate award.

For example, you could transfer the credits into a top-up degree in Practice Development for a Postgraduate Certificate Practice Development or transfer the credits into a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc Practice Development.

News and Events

Therapist and wellbeing team praised by successful social work student

Posted: 17 Jul 2019

A mother of two has praised the university therapist and wellbeing service that have helped her through the loss of her parents and financial problems suffered over the last four years. Kimberley Jones relocated from Leeds to Cumbria with her two young children to embark on a social work degree at the University of Cumbria, going on to complete the course and graduate this week.

Marathon man making a difference

Posted: 17 Jul 2019

Joe Morrell was still writing his university dissertation when he pitted himself against the ultimate test of endurance running a phenomenal 10 marathons in 10 days. And after being presented with his sports and rehabilitation degree at Carlisle Cathedral this week, the graduate from Huddersfield said he owed everything to University of Cumbria.

Creating digital health services in the real world

Posted: 1 Mar 2019

We’ve been talking about digital health for quite a few years now, our course is designed to help industry professionals take their place of work into the new world of digital.

Communicate - Festival of Mental Health 2019

Fri 19 Jul 2019

The writer lost both his parents whilst he was in his twenties, shut down, not communicating, and a few years later, was diagnosed with PTSD.

Postgraduate Open Day

Sat 17 Aug 2019

There are many fantastic reasons to embark on one of our postgraduate courses, whether it’s to give yourself that extra advantage when applying for jobs, progress your current career or even if you just love your chosen subject and want to explore it further.