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PGCert Non-Medical Prescribing and Enhanced Clinical Skills

PGCert Non-Medical Prescribing and Enhanced Clinical Skills

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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Drug Dispensing (Pharmacy) Drug Medicine Control (Nursing)

Course type


Course Summary


This course offers registered nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals (physiotherapists, podiatrists, paramedics and therapeutic radiographers) an opportunity to enhance their clinical skills and practice and become an independent non-medical prescriber. This increases your potential to access career opportunities and improves the service user/patient and carer experience by offering a timely and responsive access route to treatment.

You will:

  • Be taught by a multi-professional team of independent prescribers and clinical experts
  • Build the confidence to critically evaluate and challenge prescribing practice with reference to evidence based practice, equality and diversity and clinical governance
  • Create and implement new approaches to care delivering that meets the needs of your client group


We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. The successful completion of this programme enhances career opportunities for prescribing practice within all care sectors as it responds to an increased need for workforce development within the NHS.

Examples of job opportunities are increased employability within GP primary care for pharmacists and the substance misuse area of practice.


During this module you will explore: Consultation, decision-making and therapy, including referral 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 in relation to non-medical prescribing Principles and methods of monitoring response to therapy Legal, policy and ethical aspects Professional standards, accountability and responsibility Prescribing in the public health context Portfolio development This module is accredited by the NMC, HCPC and GPhC and upon successful completion, you will be able to add an annotation to your professional registration as an independent prescriber. This module starts in September.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Students need to pay £1,375 per 30 credit module.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

Part-time courses are not available for EU/international students.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have the equivalent of a grade C or above, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English. You should have an undergraduate degree in a related discipline. Nurses should have 1 year post-registration experience; Pharmacists require two years post-registration experience; Allied Health Professionals should have three years post-registration experience. Current professional registration with GPhC, NMC or HCPC. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/ traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

University information

The University of Salford is an ambitious and progressive institution in the Greater Manchester area. It offers a high-quality programme of postgraduate and research degree courses that furthers understanding in key areas of global research, and leads graduates into challenging and rewarding careers in science, healthcare, law, business, engineering, the built environment, media, music and the arts. Students will join a postgraduate community...more

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