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The Royal Marsden School

Independent and Supplementary Prescribing



Delivery method


Academic credits and level

40 credits at level 7

Length of module

On-line learning will be the main method of teaching for this academic year because of the challenges with Covid-19. Some sessions can be completed at a time to suit your availability, but others will need to be accessed at a specific time.

Course summary

This NMC and HCPC regulated module will provide nurses, midwives, and AHPs with the consultation, decision-making skills and pharmacological knowledge they need to be safe and effective prescribers.

Key topics

  • Clinical assessment, history taking, formulation of working diagnosis, development of individual management plans 
  • Influences on and psychology of prescribing 
  • Prescribing in a team context 
  • Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co-morbidity
  • Evidence based practice and clinical governance 
  • Legal, policy and ethical aspects 
  • Professional accountability and responsibility 
  • Prescribing in a public health context


We are working to transition this module on-line. Dates will be added for new applications as they become available. Please check back regularly for updates.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have at least three years’ experience as a registered practitioner,  and be working in their clinical fields where they intend to prescribe in. They should also have successfully completed a Physical Assessment course. Applicants must demonstrate support from both their employer and practice assessor / designated prescribing practitioner



  • Portfolio of evidence (including case studies) 
  • Practice assessments 
  • Exam including compulsory numeracy section 

Related pathways

Student support

Tutorials with the module leader or personal tutor are available if students require additional help with the planning and writing of their assignments. Email and telephone support is also available from the module leader/personal tutor. The Royal Marsden School uses an online environment called Moodle which students must access during their studies to support and enhance our courses. The site provides resources and communication tools. All students will be provided with a username and password to access module specific sections as well as general learning support such as study skills and library resources. Students also have access to the David Adams Library and Electronic Resource Centre. To get the best from the live video-conferencing sessions and enable you to participate fully you should have access to a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone. If you have any concerns or need help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

This course is currently unavailable.