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Preparation for Community Practitioner Prescribing (V150) - Level 6
January 2020 10 days of theory plus 10 days of supervised practice

This course is part of Continuing Workforce Development for NHS practitioners.

To apply please make a note of the module start month, click on book now and choose the application for the correct starting month. Once your application is complete we will contact you in order to confirm whether or not you have been allocated a place.

In order to assist you in completing your application we have attached guidance notes. Please refer to these while completing your application.

As part of your application you will need to upload a copy of your completed study leave approval form. If you do not attach your approval form to your application or it is incomplete this will delay your application and may impact you being offered a place on the module. Instructions on how to do this are in the guidance notes.








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Are you a qualified nurse that would like to be able to prescribe? This module, Preparation for Community Practitioner Prescribing, is better known within the practice arena as the ‘V150’. The V150 enables a qualified Nurse to prescribe, from a limited formulary, within their scope of professional conduct.

The module aims to meet the Government and professional body policy directives in preparing nurses, to prescribe independently from a legally defined formulary, within specific clinical contexts. The module aims and learning outcomes follow those specified by the NMC (2006).

By studying this module, you will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the factors that inform and influence prescribing practice/behaviour and patient concordance with medication regimes.

Course Information

Award Type Level 6

Delivery Method Blend of Theory & Supervised Practice

Mode of Study

Coach Lane Campus

Start January 2020

10 days of theory plus 10 days of supervised practice

Health, Sport and Social Care

Designed by a multi-professional team including Nurses, Midwives, and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.


The generic requirements of prescribing will be taught in a classroom setting but you will be mentored within practice by a registered Nurse Prescriber to explore your own learning needs and help you to prepare to prescribe in your clinical setting.

You will learn through a combination of lectures, group work, case studies, directed study and the use of e-learning resources including PebblePad+, to develop a prescribing portfolio.

Practice learning will be work based and prescribing focussed.  You will undertake supervised practice which will be undertaken alongside an active Nurse prescribing mentor (PM) for a minimum of 10 practice days (60 hours). A negotiated learning contract between you and your mentor will facilitate the identification of learning needs required to achieve the module learning outcomes and NMC learning outcomes.

Assessment for the module:

Formative assessment which starts at the beginning of the module with you and your mentor identifying your individual learning needs.  

The assessment of practice is undertaken by your prescribing mentor using a Practice Portfolio. He/she is responsible for working with you to identify individual needs in relation to prescribing from the Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary for Community Practitioners.

Assessment of practice will be based upon the mentor working with you in prescribing situations and determining whether you have achieved the identified proficiencies/learning outcomes. This may be assessed by:

  • Direct observation of prescribing practice

  • Direct supervision
  • Regular exposure to & exploration of prescribing practice
  • Discussion and reflection on prescribing issues
  • Indirect supervision
  • Review of portfolio evidence

The summative assessment strategy consists of three components;

1. Practice Portfolio- NMClearning outcomes will be assessed within practice by the prescribing mentor and will be recorded as pass/fail. A minimum of 60 hours supervised practice must be undertaken and recorded within a learning log within the Practice Portfolio.

 2. Written Examination - consisting of;

  • Numeracy question paper, 4 questions (pass /refer/fail).  Marking will be conducted against specified answer criteria. Students must achieve a 100% pass mark.
  • Short answer and multiple choice paper relating to pharmacology and the NPF.  Marking will be conducted against specified answer criteria. Students must achieve an 80% pass mark.

 3.Prescribing Case Study which will contain a case study, and specimen prescription to demonstrate achievement of the NMC Learning Outcomes.No more than 3500 words. This will then be marked by academic staff in accordance with level 6 criteria. 

Students must achieve a 40% pass mark and must also pass essential NMC prescribing criteria.

Due to the integrated nature of theory and practice you must pass each component to achieve the V150 award.


This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.


Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


The ability to prescribe changes a nurse’s role and enables practitioners to not only provide seamless care for patients, but consult, diagnose and prescribe a treatment pathway autonomously.


This accredited module can count towards the BSc in Practice Development (20 credits)

This course would suit Nurses and Midwives who wish to be able to prescribe.

Applying to undertake the programme will be a collaborative arrangement between the Employer, the University and the registrant/applicant. All entrants to the programme must meet the following requirements: 1. You must hold a valid registration on the appropriate part of the professional register and intend to practice in an area of clinical need for which prescribing from the Community Practitioner Formulary will improve patient/client care and service delivery. 2. You must have practiced for a sufficient period of time to be deemed competent by the employer in the intended area of practice to undertake the programme. This would normally be a minimum of two years. 3. You must provide evidence to demonstrate academic level 6 (degree) study within 3 years of commencement of the course. 4. Your employer must confirm in writing their support for you to undertake the programme and that you are competent to take a history, undertake a clinical assessment and diagnose. 5. Written confirmation from a practicing community practitioner nurse prescriber who has agreed to act as mentor and provide supervision for the duration of the programme. They will hold the V100, V150 or the V300 qualification. 6. Successful completion of a numeracy entrance exam (dates will be provided upon application).

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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