Independant & Supplementary Prescribing

Medway School of Pharmacy

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Important information

Typology Master
Methodology Distance Learning
Location Chatham maritime, chatham
Duration 8 Months
  • Master
  • Distance Learning
  • Chatham maritime, chatham
  • Duration:
    8 Months

This 8 month, part-time, distance learning programme enables these health care professionals to develop the knowledge and skills to practice as prescribers and to meet the standards set by the respective professional/regulatory body as required within the legislative framework.
Suitable for: Nurses and Pharmacists.


Where and when

Starts Location
On request
Chatham Maritime, Chatham
Anson Building, Central Avenue, ME4 4TB, Kent, England
Starts On request
Chatham Maritime, Chatham
Anson Building, Central Avenue, ME4 4TB, Kent, England

Course programme

Postgraduate Certificate in Independent & Supplementary Prescribing


The Prescribing Programme is delivered by distance learning plus a total of 8 study days at the University, plus 12 days supervised in practice.


Assessments include: written assignments, case study analysis, Multiple Choice Questions, narrative based on portfolio entries, attendance of period of learning in practice and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).


There are many opportunities within the managed and private sectors for health care professionals with a prescribing qualification. The PgCert in Prescribing forms a pathway onto the MSc in Medicines Management run by the Medway School of Pharmacy. Students can register for the PgCert in Prescribing as a stand alone qualification or the full diploma or MSc in Medicines Management.

General Information

  • Award: Postgraduate Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (Nurses and pharmacists).
    PGCert Supplementary Prescribing (Allied Health Professionals)


Distance learning offers a flexible approach for both students and employees. The programme is multi-disciplinary with shared learning throughout the study days. Some study days incorporate workshops which are profession specific.

Programmer Structure

The Programme consists of 4 compulsory 15 credit courses:

  • Non Medical Prescribing In Context
  • Safe and Effective Prescribing
  • Consultation and Decision Making
  • Putting Prescribing Into Practice

Offer Levels

Students will have:

  • Registration with the appropriate professional/regulatory body (NMC, RPSGB, PSNI or HPC).
  • Appropriate experience in the area of practice in which they will be prescribing.
  • The ability to study at academic Masters level (a first degree or at least 5 years working experience in health care).
  • At least 2 years post-registration clinical experience (pharmacists).
  • At least 3 years post-registration clinical experience (nurses with first degree and Allied Health Professionals).
  • Support from the sponsoring organisation confirming service need and access to appropriate supervised practice, and a prescribing budget to meet the costs of prescriptions on completion of training.
  • A named designated medical practitioner who will facilitate, supervise and support the student during their clinical placement.

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