Nurse Prescribing from the Community Practitioners Formulary 2017-18

This course also available for 2016-17 entry

About the course

This specialist skills and post registration development short course may be of interest to those qualified nurses who are, working in the community and need to be able to prescribe from the Community Practitioners Formulary.

This short course will assist you in developing the competences required to prescribe safely, appropriately and effectively in your area of expertise, from the Community Practitioners Formulary for Nurse Prescribers.

Start date:
This course has multiple start dates:


12 weeks, part-time

15 Master's level credits


Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are clearly identified by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2009), Section 1, Standard 1.

You must:

•  Be currently registered as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

•  Intend to practise in an area of clinical need for which prescribing from the Community Practitioner Formulary will improve patient/client care and service delivery.

•  Have practiced for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by your employer in the area you intend to practise to undertake the course. This would normally be a minimum of two years.

•  Have an Honours degree or provide evidence via the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) process of your ability to study at Master's level.

•  Ensure that you have had a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check undertaken within the last three years and that it has been deemed suitable, by your employer, for your impending prescribing role. The DBS disclosure must also be shared with the course leader.

In addition you will need to have written confirmation from:

•  Your employer stipulating their support for you to undertake the course.

•  A mentor, who is a practising Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber and who has agreed to supervise you for the duration of the programme.

Finally your employer will need to confirm that:

•  Your post is one in which you will have the need and opportunity to act as a nurse prescriber.

•  You are suitable to engage in a prescribing role.

•  You have sufficient knowledge to apply the prescribing practice taught on the course to your own practice area.

•  You have demonstrated appropriate numeracy skills.

•  You have been assessed as being competent to take a patient's history, undertake a clinical assessment and make a diagnosis in the area you intend to prescribe.


SSPRD Admissions Team
Tel: 01484 473015

Places available:


(this number may be subject to change)

Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

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The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This short course may assist you to meet the specialist skills and post registration development requirements stipulated by your employer/professional regulator.

Professional links and accreditations

Upon successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply to have your prescribing qualification recorded with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a series of seminars, fieldwork and guided study, which will be supported by the University's virtual learning environment.

Assessment will include an examination, an in-class test and the submission of a portfolio.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.

Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

∗permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

Please contact the Student Finance Office for more information about 2017/18 fees and finance.

You may be eligible for funding from Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. Detailed guidance on such funding arrangements is available in their funding guide. For further information please contact the SSPRD Admissions Team.

Other information

The University of Huddersfield operates an attendance monitoring system. Further details can be found in the Attendance Monitoring Policy.

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the additional information form together with the part-time courses application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.

Your mentor and manager will need to complete the following forms:

• Manager form

• Medical mentor form

• Information sheet for your medical mentor

Please return all four forms together, as your application will not be processed until all forms have been received.

Closing dates: For commencement in September 2017 the closing date is 31 July 2017. For commencement in January 2018 the closing date is 27 November 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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