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Independent Prescribing for Paramedics

To apply for this module , you must be able to meet an eligibility criteria.
This is set by the College of Paramedics (CoP) and the Higher Education Institutes (HEIs).

The application process is complex and comprised of several stages; with this being the first. We have tried to make things as straightforward as possible and provide guidance along the way.

If you cannot complete the tick boxes at the start of the application form, then you will not be eligible to apply with the HEI.
There is no way around this or special circumstances / exemptions; these are national specifications.
Application Process
  • Read all supporting information
  • Complete your eligibility checks & register your interest to receive an application pack
  • You will then be sent a SWASfT IP ‘Application to proceed’  to complete  – there are 2 forms – one for SPUECs and 1 for SPCCs – please make sure you complete the correct one
  • Return your SWASfT ‘Application to proceed’ to the CPD Lead 
  • Await a decision from the SWASfT Independent Prescribing lead – this will be communicated to you by by the CPD Lead
  • Once you have approval – you can then complete the the UWE PAF via the UWE website. DO NOT complete this before you have approval.
  • The CPD lead will then approve the UWE PAF application via his UWE approve dashboard. If you apply online with UWE without having sign off from the SWASfT IP Lead – your application will be rejected at this stage. This includes both SP & SPCC’s.
  • You application will then be approved by the UWE IP programme Lead
We are aware that this is a long & complex process, but please do not try & circumnavigate or short cut the process, as this will lead to your application being rejected- should you need help or advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the CPD Lead – 

Roles in the process:

Your Line Manager

Role in application process – Local approval & recommendation at the SWASfT stage of the application process. Confirmation that you are in post and able to meet certain criteria.

Your DMP

Role in application process – Agrees to supervise your practice and mentor you.

The DMP MUST complete the application form with a physical signature

CPD Lead – Alex Jamieson

Role in application process – Collates and checks all SWASfT applications. Passes to SWASfT IP Lead for final  approval.  Liaises with HEI -(UWE) to ensure UWE applications (PAFs) on track. Liaises with applicants and UWE to get correct dates and locations for applicants. Signs off funding with UWE once final approval received from IP Lead.

Your 1st point of contact for all applicants needing help with the process

SWASfT Independent Prescribing Lead – Sarah James – Deputy Director of Nursing

Role in application process – Final approval of all IP applicants and oversight of process – IP Lead approval does not need to be a physical signature as we will send a list of approved applicants by email


Role in the Application Process – Manages the UWE application process. They will receive your ONLINE UWE  Programme Application Form (PAF) – (This is a seperate application you must complete, additional to  the SWASfT application to proceed). Manages the cohort dates and place allocation

UWE IP Programme Lead – Deborah Moreno-Chamorro

Role in the Application Process – Approves PAFs from applicants. Liaises with CPD lead and SWASfT IP Lead

Successful completion of this programme requires learners to successfully pass the module “Non-Medical Prescribing (Independent and/or Supplementary Prescribing)” and will award successful candidates 40 Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points.

This module is only available at LM/7 – (MSc level) for Paramedics – It has a strict entry requirements as detailed above- Please read these first if you are unsure if you are eligible.

The module is provided at UWE in several different locations, over several different cohort dates.You can view the different dates and locations on the UWE web page on the dates tab below.

You can view the UWE module page for more information by Clicking here

This is an example of the 2018-19 course structure -(It may change next time) – Click the picture to expand
Supporting documents

CoP – You are strongly encouraged to visit the College of Paramedics guidance for Medicines & Independent prescribing web page and read the downloadable documents.


Your Designated Medical Practitioner – (DMP)- You will need to be able to arrange access to a suitable DMP for this module. Please read the UWE DMP guide and share it with your DMP to make sure they understand what they are signing up to.


Independent Prescribing is defined as prescribing by an appropriate practitioner (Doctor, Dentist, Paramedic, Nurse, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Podiatrist, Optometrist, diagnostic and therapeutic Radiographer) responsible and accountable for the assessment of patients with undiagnosed or diagnosed conditions and for decisions about the clinical management required, including prescribing medicines (1)

Advanced Clinical Practice is defined as being delivered by experienced, registered health and care practitioners. It is a level of practice characterised by a high degree of autonomy and complex decision making. This is underpinned by a Masters level award or equivalent that encompasses the four pillars of clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research, with demonstration of core capabilities and area clinical competence.

Advanced clinical practice embodies the ability to manage clinical care in partnership with individuals, families, and carers. It includes the analysis and synthesis of complex problems across a range of settings, enabling innovative solutions to enhance people’s experience and improve outcomes (2)

The College of Paramedics have a lot of information on Independent Prescribing, and also have a handy interactive Career Framework PDF that can be downloaded here – Digital Career Framework 2017 v2 – PDF Download, and also this Paramedic Career Framework 4th edition 2018 – PDF Download


1 College of Paramedics (2018), Improving Patients’ Access to Medicines: A guide to Implementing Paramedic Prescribing within the NHS in the UK. Available at: (Accessed 23rd August 2018)
2 Health Education England, NHS Improvement and NHS England (2017), Multi-professional framework for advanced clinical practice in England Available at: (Accessed 23rd August 2018)

Health Education England - 'An Introduction to Advanced Clinical Practice'

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