Training for Non-Medical Prescribers

Are you an experienced Primary Care clinician? Do you make medicine recommendations as part of your everyday practice?

Then why not consider Non-Medical Prescribing (NMP) training?

Non-medical prescribing (NMP) is the term used to describe any prescribing completed by a healthcare professional other than a doctor or a dentist. NMP training has many benefits:

  • Supports role and career development
  • Improves patient safety
  • Supports patient timely access to treatment with medicines
  • Helps to reduce waiting times & hospital admissions
  • Increases job satisfaction.

Please complete the Prepare To Prescribe Toolkit in order to ensure that you are in a suitable position to undertake the course.

Who can become a Non-Medical Prescriber?

The Department of Health specifies which registered professionals can become Non-Medical Prescribers. Currently these are:

Independent & Supplementary Prescribers:

  • Nurses/Midwives
  • Pharmacists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Paramedics
  • Podiatrists
  • Optometrists
  • Therapeutic Radiographers

Supplementary Prescribers only:

  • Diagnostic Radiographers
  • Dieticians

Community Practitioner Prescribers:

  • Nurses (Health Visitors & District Nurses)

Which universities offer NMP in South Yorkshire?

  • Sheffield Hallam – Non Medical Prescribing (V300) – Level 6 or 7, September or January entry
  • Sheffield Hallam – Pharmacist Independent Prescribing, September or January entry
  • University of Sheffield – Independent &/or Supplementary Prescribing (SNM624) – Level 7 for nurses only, September or March entry

Is funding available for NMP?

Funding is available through NHSE Workforce Transformation

What criteria do I need to meet in order to study NMP in South Yorkshire?

You need:

  • To have organisational support for time out of practice for study (funding is for course fees only)
  • To have a named Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) or Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) to provide guidance and supervision of your practice-based learning while you are undertaking your training
  • To have appropriate post-registration experience in the relevant specialty
  • To have an appraisal and job description containing NMP
  • To meet the course criteria specified by the university

What happens after I complete the course?

As a newly qualified NMP you must register with your relevant regulator, provide confirmation of successful annotation to your employer and ensure that you have appropriate indemnity arrangements & support to undertake your prescribing role.

How can the SY Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub help?

Training Hub NMP Development Lead Anna Young has established a community of practice for qualified and trainee NMPs in South Yorkshire, with regular NMP Updates and educational sessions.