Postgraduate PgCert

Non-medical Prescribing and Enhanced Clinical Skills

School of Health and Society




One year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

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. 

This is a part-time course with two 30-credit modules starting in September or January. The delivery is a blended learning approach including taught blocks and online study - for both, there is a requirement for learning to take place within your own area of clinical practice. 

Please note:

  • September start date commences with the Non-medical Prescribing module followed by Developing Clinical Skills (illness).
  • January start date commences with Developing Clinical Skills (illness).

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 innovative approaches to care delivering that meets the needs of your client group.

This is for you if...


You have a keen interest in improving patient care and access to treatment.


You want to develop skills to enhance patient care and increase timely access to treatment.


Learn to prescribe safely, appropriately, and cost-effectively as either a supplementary and/ or an independent prescriber.

Course details

All about the course


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practice. Seminars are also used to enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.

  • September start date commences with the Non-medical Prescribing module followed by Developing Clinical Skills (illness).
  • January start date commences with Developing Clinical Skills (illness). 

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through directed and self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the learning zone, and our computer learning zones. For NMP you will also have access to an e-learning interactive website. 


Developing Clinical Skills (illness)

During this module you will explore:

  • Advancing practitioner roles
  • Planning, implementing and evaluating patient care
  • Legal and ethical principles
  • Strategies for knowledge and skill acquisition
  • Local health issues

This module will build on your current skills and knowledge in order to create and implement new approaches to care to deliver that meets the needs of your client group. This module starts in January. 

Non-Medical Prescribing

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. 

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What Will I Be Doing?






The delivery of this course is a blended learning approach including taught blocks and online study. For both modules, there is a requirement for learning to take place within your own area of clinical practice.

Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, portfolios, and presentations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.


The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends upon the requirements for each module. These are indicated in further detail below. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:

Clinical skills

  • Academic portfolio 50%
  • Clinical skills portfolio/Log of skill activity 50%

Non-Medical Prescribing

  • Theory assessment 50%:
    • Numeracy assessment
    • Short answer
  • Practice assessment 50%:
    • Objective structured clinical examination
    • Assessment of Clinical Prescribing Practice
    • Portfolio demonstrating the application of theory to practice through the use of a theoretical reflective account


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in (practice assessment) and 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

*You must achieve a pass mark of 50 and above in the clinical skills module as a prerequisite, before progression to the Non-medical prescribing module.

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real-world impact.

We live in a rapidly changing world, and we’re keen to leave a productive legacy of helping people at all stages of their lives, improving their physical, psychological and social wellbeing.


Our Clinical Practice Wards are located in the Mary Seacole Building. There are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patient beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.

We also have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance student learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures. Along with nursing skills rooms where you can practice in a ward situation, there are basic skills rooms for sessions such as moving and handling.

Patient simulators

Our Simulation Suites provide you with the opportunity to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. Set up like a hospital ward, the Suites contain hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition.

The equipment includes:

  • Emergency Care Patient Simulators: Anatomically correct, feature-rich mannequins, which can be used for the physical demonstration of various clinical signs including bleeding, breathing, blinking eyes and convulsions
  • iStan Patient Simulators: A step up from the ECS, the iStan adds an essential human element to patient simulation. It moves, breathes, can cry out or moan with pain, providing a realistic patient for you to practice on
  • Pedia Patient Simulator: A complete reproduction of a six-year-old child enabling you to practice paediatric scenarios
  • Baby simulator: This mannequin makes it possible to interact with our most vulnerable patients - in a safe, realistic learning environment

All the simulation equipment can be linked up to some very hi-tech computer and audio-visual aids. Groups of students get to role-play a wide range of different scenarios, with a lab coordinator observing, running and intervening in the scenario remotely.

Sophisticated computer equipment can also provide detailed physiological information for each of the simulators under observation. The lab will help you develop the clinical skills you need, but also the high-level communication skills that will make a real difference to your patients.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

You may choose to pursue further study or use your enhanced clinical skills and non-medical prescribing qualification to progress in your chosen profession. 

Career Links

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.


What you need to know

Applicant profile

The General Entry Academic Requirements are as per the University’s Admissions and Retention Policy detail for Postgraduate Taught Programmes.

Nurses and Allied Health Professionals applying to this module should have three years post-registration experience. Pharmacists require two years of post-registration experience.

Identification of a DMP (Designated Medical Practitioner) This must be a doctor who meets the criteria to supervise a trainee NMP and has agreed to undertake the role.

For clinical skills, you will need:

  • Line managers support for work-based supervision and assessment of clinical skills agreed through a tripartite learning agreement
  • A practice-based supervisor and assessor to facilitate the development of clinical skills

For your work-based placements:

For Non-Medical Prescribing you will need to identify a DMP (Designated Medical Practitioner) or for nurses this can be either a doctor or a suitably experienced qualified prescriber acting as practice assessor. This must be a doctor or suitably qualified independent prescriber who meets the criteria to supervise a trainee NMP set by the professional regulatory bodies and has agreed to undertake the role.

You will also need:

A practice-based supervisor and assessor to facilitate the development of clinical skills.

English language requirements

International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applications and funding: 

For the Non-Medical Prescribing Module only: 

If you are self-funding, please complete a university application form as well as the application form on the Health and Education Cooperative website.

NHS employees may be eligible for a funded place. The NMP Lead within your organisation or training hub will be able to provide further information. If you are unsure of who to contact please contact the programme leader at the University of Salford, Jill Bentley

For application enquiries contact Maria Pavlakou and to submit completed applications to 

For course enquiries, please contact Jill Bentley at

Pharmacist self-funding/employed entry criteria enquiries and pharmacist-specific enquiries, please contact our pharmacist Clare Liptrott at

Standard entry requirements


Applicants must have the equivalent of a grade C or above, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English. 

Undergraduate degree

You should have an undergraduate degree in a related discipline and be a registered health care professional such as a nurse, midwife, podiatrist, physiotherapist, paramedic and pharmacist.

Nurses or midwives should have one year of post-registration experience 

Allied Health Professionals should have three years post-registration experience. 

Pharmacists are required to meet the GPhC standards for entry onto prescribing programmes and be able to demonstrate: 

  • relevant experience in a UK pharmacy setting 
  • the ability to recognise, understand and articulate the skills and attributes required by a prescriber, and 
  • an identified area of clinical or therapeutic practice 

Subject specific requirements

Current professional registration with GPhC, NMC or HCPC.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

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. 

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course. 

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).


How much?

On completion, there is a fee for annotation of your independent prescribing qualification to your professional registration. Please check with your professional body regarding cost.

Type of study Year Fees
Part-time 2024/25 £1,470 per 30 credit module
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Enrolment dates

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