Mastery Programme

Start dates

December,  2020

Course length

6 months


158 Oxford Road, Cowley, OX4 2LA




The MEDLRN mastery programme ensures regulated healthcare professionals gain generic professional capabilities to clinically diagnose and manage commonly seen medical problems in primary care to benefit.

Full Description

You’ll already be a registered nurse, midwife, pharmacist, physiotherapist, paramedic, chiropodist, podiatrist, dietician, diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer. This programme may interest you because there is a recognised need for you to develop your clinical skills to manage commonly seen medical problems within your clinical practice.

This programme, can be used in conjunction to a non- medical prescribing course offered by a university so you can be annotated/registered with your Professional Body as a non-medical prescriber and be qualified to prescribe for the medical conditions you will be trained during the Medlen
mastery course.


NB: Pharmacists can only take this module at level 7.

NB: Please note that Diagnostic Radiographers and Dieticians can only prescribe as a Supplementary Prescriber.

How you'll learn?

This course incorporates a blended learning approach and involves 6 study days - these are face to face classroom sessions which includes 42 hours mentoring with a doctor, apart from that the course includes 24 webinars with 12 hours mentoring with the independent pharmacist of the year Faheem Ahmed and 96 hours of guided independent learning.

You’ll also need to complete a clinical practice portfolio to demonstrate clinical competency in consulting, diagnosing and prescribing for service users.

What you'll learn?

The practice of clinically diagnosing and managing commonly seen conditions in primary care requires
generic and specialist knowledge, skills, attitudes and procedural skills to manage patients presenting a wide range of medical symptoms and conditions. It involves an emphasis on diagnostic reasoning, managing uncertainty, dealing with comorbidities and recognising when specialty opinion or care is required.

Core Content

Application of consultation and clinical assessment within the prescribing context
Critical application of knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology

 Diagnosing and managing the disease for special risk groups including children, the elderly, pregnancy and breastfeeding

  • Drug interactions and adverse events

  • Holistic approach to prescribing including the

  • Bio-psycho-social aspects of prescribing

  • Concordance considerations

  • Effective medicines management

  • Prescribing within the interprofessional team

  • Legal and ethical issues, including professional


Your success on this programme will be determined on the basis of:


  1. A practice assessment document consisting of:

  2. A practice log demonstrating the clinical management of the commonly seen conditions you will be trained in the course.

  3. An assessment of competency against the Royal Pharmaceutical Society single competency framework (2016) which has been adopted as the common standard for all independent prescribing programs (NMC, 2018; HPCP, 2016; GPhC, 2019)

  4. An unseen Anatomy, physiology, and pathology examination

  5. A multiple-choice questions (MCQ) exam and short answer questions (SAQs)

Who should attend?

This course will benefit you as:

  • A first-level nurse, midwife and/or specialist community

  • Public health nurse, registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

  • A pharmacist registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

  • A chiropodist, podiatrist, physiotherapist, paramedic, dietician or diagnostic/therapeutic radiographer registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Entry Requirements

For entry to this course, you must meet the following requirements:
Registered with the NMC (nurses/midwives)

Registered with the GPHC (pharmacists)

Registered with the HCPC (Allied Health professionals -
with appropriate experience)

Successful completion of the interview.