Independent Prescribing for Podiatrists and Physiotherapists - conversion (Level 6 or 7) - 10 credits - Module

Short Course (Three university contact days and two clinical practice days over three months.)

The goal of non-medical prescribing is to enable swifter and speedier access to medicines for patients/clients and carers, an activity requiring health professionals to expand their skills and knowledge in developing their role proficiently and effectively and in line with their Professional Code of Conduct/Ethics.

What's covered in the course?

The Independent Prescribing for Podiatrists and Physiotherapist – conversion – Level 6 and 7 modules prepare those practitioners who are currently practicing as a supplementary prescriber (for six months prior to undertaking the course) to undertake the dynamic role of an independent prescriber to meet the needs of clients/patients and carers with whom they work. Students are required to reflect systematically on their learning using a reflective case study. Key aspects of the course are the practice assessment and standards of proficiency documentation and the personal development plan.

Students are able to choose either Degree Level 6 or Postgraduate Diploma Level 7 studies depending upon evidence of previous study and career aspirations.

For those students who are undertaking the course to enhance their clinical role, the Level 6 course will be sufficient. However, students who already have a first degree and wish to progress with their study may wish to apply for and undertake the Level 7.


This course is worth...

10 credits

This course is not open to International students

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
SC Three university contact days and two clinical practice days over three months.

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

The course is only delivered if there is sufficient student demand. Please contact Programme Director for more details on how to apply:

Entry requirements

The safety of patients/clients is paramount and the entry requirements focus on protection of patients/clients including:

  • The legal requirement to be registered to practice as a non-medical prescriber
  • The service need to protect patients
  • Demonstrating and maintaining proficiency and competence in a clinical specialty adhering to Codes of conduct/ethics in a clinical area of prescribing
  • Responsibility of services to identify:
    • Where this development needs to occur
    • Those potential prescribers are in roles, which require such development

When an applicant works within an NHS Trust, they cannot apply to undertake the course without being put forward by their Trust. You must, therefore, discuss your interest in undertaking the course with your line manager and Trust Non-medical Prescribing Lead.

Health Care Professionals working within a private setting may apply to undertake the programme. The application process and entry requirements are the same.

All applicants prior to gaining entry to the course must complete a University application form and demonstrate documented evidence that you have the ability to study at minimum academic level 6 (Degree). The evidence may be through HEI credits awarded or a portfolio

You must also complete a course specific application form, which must be signed by your manager verifying that you meet the following entry criteria:

  1. You have reliable numerical ability to undertake the programme
  2. You have appropriate background knowledge and experience to enter the programme
  3. You have agreement from your manager in the organisation that you are able to prescribe in practice upon completion of the programme.
  4. You are agreeing to attend and complete the programme
  5. You have a satisfactory Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check (within last three years)
  6. You have signed agreement from an appropriate doctor who has agreed to be your Designated Medical Supervisor (DMS). The DMS must have; experience in a relevant field of practice, training and experience of support, supervision and assessment of trainees and be able to provide these skills for you during the educationally led practice part of the programme.
  7. You must have been practicing as a supplementary prescriber for 6 months prior to undertaking the module
  8. Have written confirmation from a doctor that you have the skills and knowledge to undertake the role of an independent prescriber.

The form also requires signatures from your Trust non-medical prescribing lead and DMS.

Course structure

The modules meet the requirements and standards of the Health and Care Professions Council. Upon successful completion the University will award 10 credits at the relevant academic level and you will be able to apply to have the qualification of independent prescriber annotated upon the Health and Care Professions Council register.

Successful completion of the module enable students to undertake the dynamic role of an independent prescriber within the students sphere of practice to meet the needs of clients/patients and carers with whom they work.

All registrants must record their prescribing qualification with the HCPC within 12 months of successfully completing the approved programme

Note: Prior to your results being uploaded to the NMC or HCPC you will be required to sign a self-declaration stating that there have been no changes since enrolment onto the programme.


The module is a single module and attendance is three university contact days and two clinical practice days over three months.


The assessment strategy comprises:

1. Educationally led practice which includes

  • Reflective case study (pass mark 40% academic Level 6, 50% academic Level 7)
  • The successful achievement of 11 Standards of Proficiency
  • Development of personal formulary

2. Invigilated numeracy exam (pass mark 100%)

3. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) pass/fail

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Katharine Hardware

Programme Director, Non-Medical Prescribing.

Katharine teaches on the following courses:

  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses
  • Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health professionals (V300) at Levels 6 and 7
  • Prescribing from the Community Practitioner Formulary (V150)


If you have any enquiries about this course please contact the Course Leader - Katharine Hardware on: