University Award Non-Medical Prescribing (Independent and Supplementary Prescribing by Allied Health Professionals) - Level 7

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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 physiotherapists, podiatrists, paramedics and therapeutic radiographers to seek to have their qualification annotated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to practice as an Independent Prescriber.

Prescribing by physiotherapists, podiatrists, paramedics and therapeutic radiographers has evolved to offer better access to medicines and to optimise the skills and expertise of allied health professionals in the provision of care. Where appropriate, physiotherapists, podiatrists, paramedics and therapeutic radiographers are able to complete episodes of care, whilst also enhancing their role within the team.

Patients evaluate their experience of non-medical 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 you 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).

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

Leading university role for national uplands expert

Posted: 27 Aug 2019

One of England’s most influential uplands and common ground specialists, with close links to the Prince of Wales, is embarking on a pioneering role at University of Cumbria (UoC). Dr Julia Aglionby said she was thrilled to become a Professor of Practice at a time of great challenge and opportunity, explaining the appointment signaled a sea change for the national organisations she spearheads - and an exciting collaborative future.

Delivering healthcare at home hits the right note for singer Sarah

Posted: 5 Aug 2019

Supporting patients in her local community is the reward for newly qualified occupational therapist Sarah Morton. Sarah, a singer from Alston, is delighted to have landed her first job in the NHS upon graduating from the University of Cumbria. Her appointment with the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will see 30-year-old Sarah work with patients in hospitals at Hexham and Haltwhistle.

The perfect career as a Learning Disability Nurse

Posted: 4 Sep 2019

Diverse nursing roles can steer you far from the vision of a nurse in uniform caring for patients at their bedside within a Hospital setting. Graduate Shaheen Ratansi tells her story of the journey she has taken to find her perfect degree, starting a career in a supportive and empowering role as a Learning Disability Nurse.

PGCE Open Day

Sat 5 Oct 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.

Undergraduate Open Day

Sat 5 Oct 2019

Here's your chance to experience living and learning with like-minded individuals on a campus where you'll find your course, your calling and your career.