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Prescribing from the Community Practitioner Formulary University Certificate in Continuing Education

This module is designed for registered nurses without specialist practitioner qualification to be prepared to prescribe from the community practitioners formulary. It meets the NMC standards of proficiency for nurse prescribers without a specialist practice qualification to prescribe from the community practitioner formulary (V150).


Course overview

Before submitting your application, you must read the entry requirements. This will guide your completion of the application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The 18-week module begins with a one-week initial block followed by attendance once a week for 13 weeks, then a final block week of study via hybrid teaching including online learning and some face to face contact via seminars. You are taught alongside students studying at level 6 and 7. You spend 10 negotiated days in supervised supernumerary practice with a NMP practice assessor (PA) who acts as your practice assessor. You should also spend time with other medical and non-medical prescribers; practice learning and assessment must be undertaken between weeks 2 and 17. To facilitate the integration of theory and practice these practice days should span the entirety of the module.

Funding 2022/23
Funded places may be available. You will be notified if you are eligible for a funded place within your organisation once you have applied.

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Where you study

Teesside University: online and face to face.


Course details

What you study

You develop your prescribing practice. The teaching team includes nurses, pharmacists, and medical practitioners, which provides many opportunities for shared learning.

How you learn

You learn through hybrid interactive lectures, seminars of which some will be classroom based, guided study and discussion groups, and experiential learning. Collaborative multi-professional working enables you to consider a whole systems approach to influencing and setting direction in the delivery of improvements in prescribing practice. The virtual learning environment is used to support your learning.

Assessment includes a portfolio of evidence, written examination and evidence of having passed a period of supervised supernumerary practice experience. Throughout you are supported and assessed by your PA. You should ensure that you have exposure to other prescribers during this practice period.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

All entry requirements must be in place before we can consider your application. You must also:

You are advised to use this checklist before applying to ensure you meet all requirements. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

You must:
  • have a valid nursing or midwifery registration on the professional register maintained by the NMC

  • have practiced for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by your service manager/ employer in the area in which you intend to practice. This is normally a minimum of two years.

You must also:

  • be professionally practicing in a role where there is an identified need to prescribe
  • have a satisfactory up-to-date enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check undertaken within the last three years and be current for the duration of the time you are studying the module
  • evidence successful relevant study at academic level 6 within three years upon commencement of the module
  • have successfully completed a clinical skills module or have written evidence of equivalent assessment within practice
  • have an identified designated NMP practice assessor (PA) who will provide supervision, support, and opportunities to develop your competence in practice.
  • if you are prescribing for children ensure you have a PA who is experienced and competent in prescribing for children
  • have the support of your manager who must certify your clinical competence to prescribe and confirm that you will be supported to fulfil all the theory and practice required to study the module
  • have the support of your organisational non-medical prescribing lead who must confirm that there are clinical governance arrangements in place to support prescribing
  • successfully pass a drug calculations entry test with a mark of 80% or above.
  • provide a personal statement that details how you are going to utilise prescribing in your practice area and how this will impact the care of service users.

Note: you must declare if you have previously studied a prescribing programme at another higher education institution on your application.



Career opportunities

Achievement of this module provides you with the V150 qualification, enhances your knowledge base for practice, and facilitates skills and confidence in sharing that knowledge with peers.



2022/23 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Start date: January
  • Level: Degree
  • Credits: 20

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