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Welcome to the subject page for Non Medical Prescribing.

This page has been compiled by your subject librarian and will help you to find information for your studies and research. It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction. 

Take a look at the Using the library pages for more general information about using our services. The Distance Learners page has more information about accessing our resources from off campus.Screenshot of Eresources for health tutorial





Use OneSearch to find everything that the library has to offer including print books, electronic books, journals and more…

Use the Eresources for health tutorial to find out more.

















  • British National Formulary (BNF)

    The BNF and BNF for children are both freely available online through the Evidence search website.

    The British National Formulary

    The British National Formulary for children

  • Books & Ebooks

    There are a wide range of books in the library for Non Medical Prescribing and basic pharmacology.  You will find a specific reading list for you module in your Blackboard site or you can search OneList, our online reading list system.   Some additional texts have been suggested in the Non-medical prescribing generic list.  Remember that Reading lists are only the starting point, use OneSearch to find additional resources.

    Many of your books are available as ebooks.  These provide online access from any location 24/7. Click on the following link to download our EbooksGuide and check out the Ebook page for more Accessibility information.

    If you find a book through the library catalogue that is only available in print in another University of Cumbria library you can reserve the book online. See our Requesting books page for more information.

    A postal loans service is also available for the following students for a small registration fee of £10 per year.

    • part-time students
    • students on a distance learning course
    • students at a partner institution

    To find out how to use the service, see our Postal Loans page.

  • Journals & Eresources


    Nurse prescribing
    Renamed as the Journal of Prescribing Practice for 2019.  Still accessed from the link above.
    Available electronically from 2005-2015 in Cinahl.  Current online access continues via MA Publishing. 

    Access Off-Campus

    1. Select the "Sign in via Shibboleth" option.

    2. Choose the "UK Higher Education" geographic location

    3. Select "University of Cumbria" from the list of institutions

    4. Log in with your university email address and password


    These are some suggestions for the most useful ones for you but there are many more on the Eresources page if you want to check them out.  If you have any problems accessing any of these resources refer to the Troubleshooting section on the Accessing Eresources off campus page.

    For help with searching for relevant articles take a look at the online tutorial Eresources for health.

    An index of nursing and allied health articles.  Access to over 300 full text journals.  Bibliographic records for over 1000 journals.

    One of the largest bibliographic indexes for health.  Full text for more than 1,450 journals indexed, covering medicine, nursing, the health care system and pre-clinical sciences.

    Cochrane Library
    Provides systematic reviews of clinical based evidence on the effectiveness of specific interventions.  Your results will be a mixture of reviews and clinical trials. It will depend on your topic as to whether there will be a relevant review.

    Academic Search Complete
    A multi-disciplinary full text database of over 5,500 journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,500 journals.

    Proquest Nursing and Allied health  Full-text journals, Ebooks, References and abstracts, Theses, Reports and conference proceedings, Video

    Proquest Health and Medical collection.  Journal coverage of clinical and biomedical topics, consumer health, health administration and more.

    Science database covering physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, social sciences and humanities.

    NHS Evidence
    A search engine from the NHS for health and social care professionals, providing access to evidence-based health information, NICE guidelines and much more. Download the
    Quick guide to NHS Evidence or watch this YouTube video for more information.

  • Websites

    A selection of useful and reputable websites have been collected together for you here.  Obviously many more are available on the web but do make sure you evaluate all websites and any information you find in them before using them in your studies.

    Medicines and prescribing support from NICE
    Guidance and advice on medicines management, optimisation and use.
    Also specific medicines advice, for example on new, unlicensed and off-label medicines

    The electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) contains up to date, easily accessible information about medicines licensed for use in the UK.

    The MHRA’s (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) enhances and safeguards the health of the public by ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe.