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It's the first validated interprofessional programme in England, so you'll be studying on an innovative, forward thinking course that is responsive to Government legislation. Read more

Why choose this course:

• It's the first validated interprofessional programme in England, so you'll be studying on an innovative, forward thinking course that is responsive to Government legislation.

• You'll study with nurses and pharmacists.

• The course is flexible, and you can study at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

• You'll be encouraged to apply theory to practice throughout this course, so it will be very relevant to you and your career.

About the course:

The Government has recently extended prescribing responsibilities to non-medical professionals within the health care sector. So, we've created this course to prepare professionals, such as pharmacists or nurses, to become independent prescribers.

Independent prescribers are responsible and accountable for assessment of patients with undiagnosed or diagnosed conditions and for the decisions about their clinical management, including prescribing.

Supplementary prescribing is a voluntary partnership between an independent prescriber and a supplementary prescriber, to work on a patient specific clinical management plan with the patient's agreement.

This course will help you to:

• improve the care you provide without compromising patient safety
• make better use of your skills as a health care professional
• make it easier for patients to get the medicines they need
• contribute to a more flexible team working across the NHS.

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Summary. This innovative programme equips nurses with the knowledge to add prescribing to their suite of skills. It permits nurses the opportunities to pursue challenging study in the subject areas of ethics, law and all aspects of pharmacotherapeutics as they apply to Non-Medical Prescribing. Read more

Summary

This innovative programme equips nurses with the knowledge to add prescribing to their suite of skills. It permits nurses the opportunities to pursue challenging study in the subject areas of ethics, law and all aspects of pharmacotherapeutics as they apply to Non-Medical Prescribing. Nurses will be able to develop their skills of health assessment to help them to provide holistic care across a range of conditions, in accordance with NMC Standards of Prescribing. This will both advance practice and promote patient safety and quality of care. Nurses working in a range of professional teams will find the appeal of becoming a V300 prescriber, an essential component of promoting professional accountability and patient empowerment.

About

This course consists of three modules of study to gain the professional and academic awards. You will study pharmacotherapeutics, the study of all aspects of drugs, how they work and interact and the physiological basis to prescribing. You will explore the legal and ethical basis of sound prescribing in practice, within the professional and statutory frameworks. You will also become proficient in physical and mental health assessment. You will compile a professional workbook to demonstrate the acquistion of prescribing competencies, and spend time in clinical practice refining and developing prescribing and health assessment skills. You will be mentored by an experienced doctor and gain experience with other non-medical prescribers during the course of the programme.

Modules

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand.

Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning

This level 7 module provides an opportunity for students to develop and enhance the knowledge base and practice of health assessment, in order that appropriate interventions and management can occur. Students will begin to develop their assessment skills under the guidance of a mentor during this module. Assessment is 100% coursework.

Prescribing in practice 7

This module will help to prepare nurses to undertake an active role in nurse prescribing within their specified area of practice. The legislative framework and professional and ethical principles, which underpin prescribing practice, are explored. Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination.

Pharmacotherapeutics in Prescribing

This module provides the necessary pharmacological knowledge within the context of the underpinning pathophysiology that will enable the healthcare professional to prescribe safely, appropriately, and effectively within a collaborative health care team. It will be offered through a combination of e-learning, taught components and threaded discussion with supported group work. Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination.

Professional recognition

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 

Recorded by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the purpose of registration as a non-medical prescriber (V300)

Career options

This course offers experienced nurses the unique opportunity to include prescribing as part of their employability skills. Whilst individual nurses have already usually considerable expertise within their scope of professional practice, this course creates many career opportunities which makes the V300 qualified nurse a very appealing employee across a range of nursing specialisms, Nurses working in general acute and chronic care, in specialist teams and services, from neonatal care through mental and sexual health, diabetes, cardiac care (and many other walks of nursing life), have benefitted from doing this programme. Ultimately this programme offers the public a safe effective path through treatment that incorporates non-medical prescribing and a satisfying career for professional nurses who desire to also advance their career prospects



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Non-Medical Prescribing is an extended role for suitable qualified nurses, midwives, pharmacists and allied health professionals. Read more

Non-Medical Prescribing is an extended role for suitable qualified nurses, midwives, pharmacists and allied health professionals.

Course overview

We offer a Non-Medical Prescribing course which employs a blended learning approach that is appealing to the busy healthcare professional of today. The design and structure of our course provides flexibility of study in order for you to tailor your learning to suit your needs.

Please note there is no formal award for this course.

Why Study Non-Medical Prescribing with us?

We offer a course which employs a blended learning approach that is appealing to the busy healthcare professional of today.

The design and structure of our course provides flexibility of study in order for you to tailor your learning to suit your needs. Key to our blended learning approach are the University’s excellent library and IT facilities. You will be able to access the learning materials provided in an electronic format at places and times that fit around your work and lifestyle.

This course meets rigorous professional and academic standards, and prepares the qualified healthcare professional for an extended and enhanced role, which will improve service to patients and give greater job satisfaction through holistic care provision.

This course can also be studied at Level 6 (aimed at those professionals who have a DipHE and would like to study at an undergraduate degree level).

What will I learn?

This 40-credit course consists of two 20-credit modules covering aspects of pharmacology, consultation, examination and prescribing practice.

The modules employ shared learning by nurses, pharmacists, and allied health professionals.

Both modules must be taken contemporaneously and successfully completed in order for you to register as a Non-Medical Prescriber.

How will I be taught?

Our course structure employs an interactive web-based package of learning materials, supervised practice days and taught contact days at the University, building a flexible, blended learning approach.

The minimum number of taught contact, and directed distance, learning is 156 hours.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment involves a portfolio addressing course learning outcomes, a pharmacology and drug calculation examination, evaluation of competence in practice with a designated medical prescriber, and an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) assessment with viva.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus at: http://prospectus.chester.ac.uk/form.php



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Non-Medical Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals Course Overview. The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing aims to prepare Allied Health Professionals to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation. Read more

Non-Medical Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals Course Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing aims to prepare Allied Health Professionals to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation.

There will be two cohorts per year (subject to sufficient interest and professional body approval), starting in March and September each year. The Spring cohort will run every Wednesday from March to November (No lectures during August) and the Autumn cohort will be taught every Tuesday from September to the following March. 

Professional body approval from the Healthcare Professions Council has been granted for Independent prescribing for Chiropodists/podiatrists, physiotherapists and therapeutic radiographers and for Supplementary prescribing, diagnostic radiographers. 

The Non-Medical Prescribing course is not available to international students.

Who should apply for the Non-Medical Prescribing programme?

  • Physiotherapists
  • Radiographer’s 
  • Chiropodists/Podiatrists
  • Dieticians

All of whom are looking to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting.

Non-Medical Prescribing Course Structure

The Non-Medical Prescribing course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and competency required to undertake the role of an independent or supplementary non-medical prescriber. The course has been designed for allied health professionals to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting. 

The Non-Medical Prescribing programme comprises of two core modules: SHGM05 -Clinical Assessment and Decision Making in Non-Medical Prescribing which is 40 credits at level 7 and SHGM06 - Pharmacology principles and practice which is 20 credits at level 7. Both of these modules must be successfully completed to gain this qualification in Non-Medical Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals.

The Non-Medical Prescribing programme is taught at the St. David’s Park site in Carmarthen. Teaching takes place one day a week over the academic year. You are also required to have 96 hours of clinical practice with a designated medical mentor from which you will need to evidence the learning that has occurred.

Staff Expertise

The Non-Medical Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals teaching team:

  • are very experienced in delivering prescribing programmes
  • have a wide range of relevant skills, experience and qualifications
  • are members of a range of prescribing forums and groups
  • have well established links with health board Non-Medical Prescribing Leads throughout the region 

Teaching and Employability

  • Established and reputable links with the NHS, Social Services, and many private sector companies
  • Up-to-the-minute teaching which is responsive to employer demand
  • Successful completion can increase career development and promotion opportunities for the student as an advanced practitioner within their field of speciality  
  • Studies show that non-medical prescribing to be safe, clinically and cost effective.

Funding

  • Applicants to the Non-Medical Prescribing course may be eligible for funding support 
  • The Non-Medical Prescribing programme has the possibility of being funded by the Welsh Government, so the student may not need to pay any fees. Please speak to the programme director for further information.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 

Facilities 

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.



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Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives Course Overview. The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing aims to prepare nurses and midwives to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation. Read more

Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives Course Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing aims to prepare nurses and midwives to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation.

There will be two cohorts per year (subject to final professional body approval), starting in March and September each year. The Spring cohort will run every Wednesday from March to November (No lectures during August) and the Autumn cohort will be taught every Tuesday from September to the following March. 

Unfortunately the Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives course is not available to international students.

Who should apply for the Non-Medical Prescribing programme?

Nurses or midwives who wish to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting.

Non-Medical Prescribing Course Structure

The Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and competency required to undertake the role of an independent or supplementary non-medical prescriber. The Non-Medical Prescribing course has been designed for multiple disciplines to learn together to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting. 

The Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives programme comprises of two core modules: SHGM26 -Clinical Assessment and Decision Making in Non-Medical Prescribing which is 40 credits at level 7 and SHGM27 - Pharmacology principles and practice which is 20 credits at level 7. Both of these modules must be successfully completed to gain this qualification.

The Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives programme is taught at the St. David’s Park site in Carmarthen. Teaching takes place one day a week over the academic year. It is a professional requirement that you also have 96 hours of clinical practice with a designated medical mentor from which you will need to evidence the learning that has occurred.

Staff Expertise

The Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives teaching team:

  • are very experienced in delivering prescribing programmes
  • have a wide range of relevant skills, experience and qualifications
  • are members of a range of prescribing forums and groups
  • have well established links with health board Non-Medical Prescribing Leads throughout the region 

Teaching and Employability

  • Established and reputable links with the NHS, Social Services, and many private sector companies
  • Up-to-the-minute teaching which is responsive to employer demand
  • Successful completion can increase career development and promotion opportunities for the student as an advanced practitioner within their field of speciality  
  • Studies show that non-medical prescribing to be safe, clinically and cost effective.

Funding

  • Applicants to the Non-Medical Prescribing course may be eligible for funding support 
  • The Non-Medical Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives programme has the possibility of being funded by the Welsh Government, so the student may not need to pay any fees. Please speak to the programme director or education lead for your area of work for further information.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 

Facilities 

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.



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Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists Course Overview. The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing aims to prepare pharmacists to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation. Read more

Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists Course Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing aims to prepare pharmacists to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation.

There will be two cohorts per year (subject to sufficient interest and professional body approval), starting in March and September each year. The Spring cohort will run every Wednesday from March to November (No lectures during August) and the Autumn cohort will be taught every Tuesday from September to the following March. Please contact the Non-Medical Prescribing programme manager on to discuss which cohort may be more appropriate for you.

Unfortunately the Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists course is not available to international students.

Who should apply for the Non-Medical Prescribing programme?

Pharmacists who wish to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting.

Non-Medical Prescribing Course Structure

The Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and competency required to undertake the role of an independent non-medical prescriber. The course has been designed for multiple disciplines to learn together to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting. 

The full Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists programme comprises one 40 credit module, SHGM22 Non-medical prescribing and one 20 credit module, Pharmacology principles and practice (NMC) SHGM23. The non-medical prescribing qualification annotated by the General Pharmaceutical Healthcare Council can be achieved by successful completion of a stand-alone 40 credit module, ‘Non-medical prescribing’ - SHGM22. Students wishing to complete the full Post Graduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists must also complete an optional 20 credit module, Pharmacology principles and practice (NMC) SHGM23.

The Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists programme is taught at the St. David’s Park site in Carmarthen. Teaching takes place one day a week over the academic year.

Staff Expertise

The Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists teaching team:

  • are very experienced in delivering prescribing programmes
  • have a wide range of relevant skills, experience and qualifications
  • are members of a range of prescribing forums and groups
  • have well established links with health board Non-Medical Prescribing Leads throughout the region 

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 

Facilities 

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.



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There are two versions of this 8-month PG Certificate programme. standard and clinically enhanced. Both versions are part-time, distance learning programmes and enable a wide range of healthcare professionals to qualify as non-medical prescribers. Read more

There are two versions of this 8-month PG Certificate programme: standard and clinically enhanced. Both versions are part-time, distance learning programmes and enable a wide range of healthcare professionals to qualify as non-medical prescribers. Pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists, podiatrists and therapeutic radiographers can qualify as independent prescribers while dietitians and diagnostic radiographers can qualify as supplementary prescribers. The qualification gained meets the standards set by the respective professional/regulatory bodies.

Nine study days at the university cover communication and diagnostic skills, the legal, policy, professional and ethical aspects of prescribing, pharmacology, and patient assessment and monitoring. The emphasis on each skill or aspect of non-medical prescribing is tailored to meet the needs of the different professions that we cater for. Students also spend 90 hours shadowing prescribers in clinical practice working in their chosen specialist area. Students on the clinically enhanced version of the programme also spend 20 hours of clinical skills practice.

See Medway School of Pharmacy website for more details of each version of the programme.

Not sure you are ready? Try our Preparing for Prescribing (P4P) short courses first. http://www.msp.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/supp-independent-prescribing/preparing-for-prescribing.html

Level 6

Nurses can choose to study at Level 6 rather than Level 7. Those who study at Level 6 gain institutional credit (45 credits at Level 6). The two levels are taught together and are mapped to the same requirements as validated by the NMC but there is variation in the academic outcomes and expectations and are marked accordingly. There are four compulsory courses to complete.

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) - Standard Programme

The full Level 7 programme gains you 60 credits and the award of a Postgraduate Certificate. There are four compulsory courses to complete. You can take the programme as a standalone Postgraduate Certificate in Independent/Supplementary Prescribing, or as one pathway into the Medicines Optimisation programme by studying prescribing as either the first or second year of the Medicines Optimisation postgraduate diploma. See PG Cert/Dip/MSc Medicines Optimisation for more details.

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) – Clinically Enhanced Programme

The clinically enhanced version of the prescribing programme has been commissioned by the NHS and designed for hospital and mental health pharmacists and has an emphasis on clinical skills. There are two compulsory courses to complete. As with the standard programme you can take the programme as a standalone Postgraduate Certificate in Independent/Supplementary Prescribing, or as one pathway into the Medicines Optimisation programme. See above.

Who we are

The programme is run at the Medway School of Pharmacy by academics and healthcare professionals active in clinical practice. All of the team are qualified Non-Medical Prescribers.

What you'll study

PG Cert Independent/Supplementary Prescribing P11173

  • Non-medical Prescribing in Context (15 credits)
  • Safe and Effective Prescribing (15 credits)
  • Consultation and Decision Making (15 credits)
  • Putting Prescribing into Practice (15 credits)

PG Cert Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (Clinically Enhanced) P11173

  • Independent Prescribing in Practice (40 credits)
  • Clinical Health Assessment and Diagnostics (20 credits)

Practice Credit Prescribing (Independent and Supplementary) Level 6 P13583

  • Background to Non-Medical Prescribing (10 credits)
  • Prescribing Safely and Effectively (10 credits)
  • Embedding Prescribing in your Consultations (10 credits)
  • The Practice of Prescribing (15 credits)

Assessment

Assessment (standard programme and level 6)

  • Course 1: Case study assignment, Legislative essay
  • Course 2: Numeracy exam, Multiple choice exam, Pharmacology seen essay examination,
  • Course 3: Evidence based assignment, Practical assessment
  • Course 4: Narrative based on portfolio entries covering 90 hours in clinical practice and attendance of period of learning in practice.

Assessment (clinically enhanced programme)

  • Course 1: Legislative essay, pharmacology essay, evidence-based assignment, practical assessment, portfolio of evidence (completed guide to the placement, a log of hours, reflection on progress, mapped to professional competencies and standards as required by the GPhC.)
  • Course 2: OSCEs, students will take six OSCE stations

Professional recognition

On successful completion, the school will notify the appropriate professional/regulatory body (GPhC, NMC or HCPC) that you have qualified as an independent/supplementary prescriber.

Careers

There is high and rising demand for both non-medical prescribing nurse practitioners and pharmacists in GP surgeries or other primary care settings. There are also enhanced career opportunities for radiographers, physiotherapists and podiatrists with the prescribing qualification.

Attendance

Distance learning with nine compulsory study days at the university. Plus 90 hours in clinical practice.

Find out more information about the Medicines Optimisation Programme.

Start dates

January, April, June, August, October.



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This short professional programme validated by the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC) and Health and CareProfessions Council (HCPC) prepares qualified nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and therapeutic radiographers as Independent Prescribers, and diagnostic radiographers and dieticians as Supplementary Prescibers. Read more

GradCert/PgCert Non-Medical Prescribing

This short professional programme validated by the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC) and Health and CareProfessions Council (HCPC) prepares qualified nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and therapeutic radiographers as Independent Prescribers, and diagnostic radiographers and dieticians as Supplementary Prescibers.

The course comprises three twenty credit modules which are taught concurrently and cannot be taken as standalone modules.

Applicants may find it beneficial to complete an advanced assessment and physical examination course prior to undertaking the non-medical prescribing course.

Conversion Course for Supplementary Prescribers

This short professional course will provide Physiotherapists, Podiatrists and Therapeutic Radiographers who have already completed the Non-Medical Prescribing course and are annotated with the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) as a Supplementary Prescriber to prepare for annotation as an Independent Prescriber. You will have been practicing as a Supplementary Prescriber in the area for which you intend to prescribe independently for at least six months. The course involves two University based study days followed by two days of self-directed supervised clinical practice with a designated Medical Practitioner (DMP).

Modules

There are three modules for the GradCert/PgCert Non-Medical Prescribing, all of which are core for this programme and cannot be taken as standalone options:

• Pharmacology and applied therapeutics
• Prescribing in clinical practice
• Practical aspects of prescribing

Timetable

There are 18 taught days on this course, 42 hours of blended learning, and 78-90 hours of documented clinical practice hours, in addition to self-directed learning.

Teaching and learning

GradCert / PgCert Non-Medical Prescribing: There are a variety of assessment strategies employed, including examinations, OSCE, clinical portfolio and a written case study.

Placements

A clinical placement is essential for this course.

Course duration

Part-time : 2 days : May start date
Part-time : 6 months : January/April/June/September start date

Professional links

The GradCert/PgCert Non-Medical Prescribing course has been approved by the Nursing and Midwifery council (NMC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC), and the Health and Care Professions Council(HCPC).

Employability

All students must be employed in a clinical environment where prescribing will benefit the service provided to the patient.

This professional qualification is essential for the development of the advanced practice framework. Students can undertake this course as part of their advanced practice pathway.

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Pharmacists can now choose between two routes. - Non-Medical Prescribing multi-professional course for pharmacists in the South West region seeking HESW funded places. Read more
Pharmacists can now choose between two routes:

- Non-Medical Prescribing multi-professional course for pharmacists in the South West region seeking HESW funded places
- The University of Bath uni-professional Pharmacist Prescribing Programme for self-funding and organisationally-funded applicants

To find out more about HESW-funded, self-funded and organisationally-funded places, go to the Funding page.

The Pharmacist Prescribing Programme is designed to help you achieve annotation as an Independent Prescriber. Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (http://www.pharmacyregulation.org/), the programme is relevant if you are working in a hospital based role, running clinics or providing a specialist service within your CCG. Bath's retention and pass rates for this programme are exceptional. This has been achieved through the dedication of our learners, supported by relevant, up-to-date materials, outstanding support and excellent face-to-face workshops. We focus on the application of knowledge and clinical skills to your professional setting.

Programme features

- Study at your own pace with minimal time away from work
- Excellent support and learner networks with a user-friendly virtual learning environment
- Increased professional expertise and status with enhanced career prospects
- Complete programme to attain the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing
- Gain postgraduate credits that can be used towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc in Prescribing and Therapeutics or Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Practice

Visit the website http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/phar-pres-prog/

Pathways

- Prescribing & Therapeutics
- Advanced and Specialist Healthcare Practice

The Pharmacist Prescribing Programme is a single unit programme of 18 credits running over eight months. It contains three discrete parts:

- Prescribing in Context
- Consultation Skills for Prescribing
- Prescribing Effectively

Further information

See the postgraduate programme brochure for more information (http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/phar-pres-prog/pharmacist-prescribing-course.pdf). Programme descriptions can be found in the University’s online programme catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/other.html).

Funding

- Pharmacists in the South West region seeking HESW funded places
In response to specific commissioning requirements from HESW, we have been working in partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE) to develop a new interprofessional Non-Medical Prescribing Programme for a range of the non-medical professions eligible to train as prescribers (including pharmacists, nurses and the allied health profession registrants of the Health and Care Professions Council). This partnership between the University of Bath and UWE is called the South West Non-Medical Prescribing Alliance (http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatcanistudy/professionaldevelopment/coursesbysector/health/non-medicalprescribing.aspx).

The first intake of the new interprofessional Non-Medical Prescribing Programme will be in September 2016. Students applying for HESW funded places on this Programme will enrol directly as UWE students.

To apply for a HESW funded place, candidates need to have provided details of their requirement for a place into the ‘demand forecast’ for HESW funded places. The demand forecast process is conducted by UWE. Normally information on the requirement for funded places should be collated and submitted into the demand forecast by the employing organisation, or the local CCG. However, if individuals are in doubt about how to do this (particularly those employed in the General Practice setting), they can contact Emily Haycock at UWE () for more information.

In order to be considered for a HESW funded place, there needs to be a confirmed workforce need from the training organisation (which must be a provider of NHS services/contracted to provide NHS services) for the candidate to become an independent prescriber.

There are additional entry requirements set out by the General Pharmaceutical Council that applicants must meet in order to be considered for a place on the Programme; these can be found in the application documentation. Once candidates have registered their interest for a HESW funded place on the interprofessional Non-Medical Prescribing Programme, UWE will provide them with more information on the application process directly.

- The University of Bath uni-professional Pharmacist Prescribing Programme for self-funding and organisationally-funded applicants

The University of Bath will continue to offer the Pharmacist Prescribing Programme, with workshops held at the University of Bath campus, in order to cater for self-funding candidates and organisationally-funded pharmacists outside of the HESW region (including those who wish to complete an independent prescribing course as part of the University of Bath Postgraduate Diploma).

Candidates for the Pharmacist Prescribing Programme should contact Di Pullin () to register their interest. For full details on how to apply visit http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/programmes/phar-pres-prog/.

The next intake of the Pharmacist Prescribing Programme at the University of Bath is planned for September 2016. The deadline for applications is 15 July 2016.

Our research

Research in our Department is centred around a number of focused areas or themes. To find out more, please see our:
- Departmental research webpages (http://www.bath.ac.uk/pharmacy/research/)

Our research staff and students are also involved in a number of formal Research Centres and networks:

Bath Inflammation/Rheumatology Research Network (BIRD)
Cancer Research at Bath ([email protected])
Centre for Extremophile Research
Centre for Mathematical Biology
Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM)
Inter-Departmental Infection and Immunity Network
Neuroscience Network at University of Bath (NNUB)
ReMedDes

Find out about the department here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/pharmacy/

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/index.html

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While gaining a Nursing and Midwifery Council-accredited qualification, on this course you will underpin your theoretical learning with supervised practice. Read more

While gaining a Nursing and Midwifery Council-accredited qualification, on this course you will underpin your theoretical learning with supervised practice.

Designed for nurses, midwives and/or specialist public health nurses, you will gain the knowledge and skills to become a safe non-medical prescriber and undertake the role of an Independent or Supplementary Non-Medical Prescriber. This will enhance your ability to provide holistic care that meets the requirements of patients within clinical work settings.

On the programme you will learn about drug actions, interactions and reactions, as well as pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. You will learn how to utilise relevant evidence-based theories when making prescribing decisions and will develop a critical understanding of factors that underpin safe, appropriate and cost effective prescribing. You will improve your personal approach to assessment, history-taking and the interpretation of diagnostic indicators, and you will develop your understanding of legal, professional and ethical issues.

Modules

  • Pharmacology for Prescribing
  • Prescribing Practice

Study style

This is a part-time course and you will study one day per week over a period of 21 taught days.

You will learn through a blended approach that includes a variety of methods, such as individual support tutorials, lectures, online learning, reflection, library study and visits to professional areas where prescribing practices are undertaken. This will enable you to achieve the NMC standards of proficiency for prescribing.

The modules at the chosen level of study are assessed using a variety of methods including written exams, online assessments, OSCEs and case studies. You will also be required to create a portfolio of evidence, demonstrating clinical competency within a non-medical prescribing role.

NMC Accredited

This course is fully accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Safe Prescriber

You will gain the knowledge and skills to become a safe non-medical prescriber and undertake the role of an Independent or Supplementary Non-Medical Prescriber.

Continued Professional Development

Progression through this award will enable practitioners to link learning to their revalidation and online portfolio of CPD, demonstrating evidence of professional development in safe prescribing practices.

Careers

Progression through this award will enable practitioners to link learning to their revalidation and online portfolio of CPD, demonstrating evidence of professional development in safe prescribing practices.



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The course is aimed at experienced pharmacy practitioners in primary, intermediate or secondary care. You learn how to demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge to prescribe safely and effectively in your area of practice. Read more
The course is aimed at experienced pharmacy practitioners in primary, intermediate or secondary care.

You learn how to demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge to prescribe safely and effectively in your area of practice. Throughout the course you gain skills and confidence. You improve your experience in the physical assessment of patients and the course allows you to demonstrate an effective use of diagnostic aids to support your diagnosis in your area of practice.
You demonstrate your knowledge of medical conditions that impact your prescribing practice area, including an understanding of the pathophysiology of disease and the ability to recognise signs and symptoms, as well as monitor response to treatment and review working diagnoses.

As an independent prescriber you gain a clear understanding of your roles and responsibilities on this course. You work in your own area of competence while building you understanding of onward referal pathways.

You learn how to demonstrate clinical skills including history taking, consultation and physical assessment and the course also places a lot of emphasis on the importance of clinical governance, good record keeping and audits.

You gain skills in communicating effectively with patients, carers and in your multi-disciplinary team.

As the course links you with other allied health professionals taking a non medical prescribing course you also benefit from interprofessional learning. There are opportunities to meet other students during your on campus learning or via online discussion forums provided by out virtual learning environment.

On completing the module you will have developed your skills as an individual by extending your scope practice to include effective prescribing.The programme will advance your clinical practice and enhance career opportunities.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pharmacist-independent-prescribing

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Course structure

Combines on campus and distance learning. Start date - September and February.
Block teaching - 8 days.
Distance learning - equivalent to 18 days.

Modules
-This course is a stand alone module.

Assessment: exam, reflective portfolio.

Other admission requirements

You will have identified a designated medical practitioner (DMP) who will have agreed to provided supervision, support and shadowing opportunities for you and be familiar with GPhC requirements of the programme and the learning objectives. You will demonstrate on application how you reflect on your personal performance and take responsibility for your CPD. This will be assessed by your employer (clinical manager and organisational non medical prescribing lead) as part of the application process. Your employer will ensure you have a current ( within the last 3 years) DBS check which is included as part of the application process.
As the module includes distance learning you will have IT ability and access to both computer and internet. The module is not available to pharmacists outside of the UK.

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We offer an independent prescribing programme for pharmacists. The programme is run concurrently between the School of Health Sciences and the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, enabling a large degree of multidisciplinary learning. Read more

We offer an independent prescribing programme for pharmacists.

The programme is run concurrently between the School of Health Sciences and the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, enabling a large degree of multidisciplinary learning.

Practitioners who successfully complete our Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists course are eligible to apply for admission on to the relevant professional register as an independent prescriber.

The programme was developed in response to a stakeholder meeting held with community pharmacy reps, local trusts and Allied Healthcare Professionals (AHP) reps.

Course structure

There are two distinct pathways to enrol on to the programme – one for nurses and allied health-care professionals, and one for pharmacists.

The programme consists of 30 credits of learning over approximately six months. This equates to around 10 days of learning at the university, which helps you to develop your patient-facing role as a prescriber. An additional 12 days (90 hours minimum) comprise supervised practice within your identified area of practice. The rest of your time will be dedicated to online learning activities and independent study.

The programme is delivered in intensive blocks to facilitate work commitments. It takes place through face-to-face educational preparation and the use of a dedicated online non-medical prescribing resource, which starts in the second semester (January onwards). Students should normally complete the course within a six-month period to accommodate the clinical learning elements.

The programme is assessed by multiple methods including Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and demonstration of competence with a practice-based portfolio.

Information regarding the GPhC accreditation process can be found on their website.

Syllabus

The course emphasises the relationship between theory and practice, enabling students to discuss specific, patient-orientated prescribing issues arising from their day-to-day practice which will then be critiqued within the classroom setting. The main themes covered are:

  • evidence-based medicine
  • health assessment
  • patient safety
  • self-reflection
  • legal and ethical frameworks. 

An inter-professional learning environment will be promoted within taught sessions with an emphasis on self-directed learning and critical reflection, encouraged by the use of a personal portfolio utilising the RPS Prescribing Competency Framework 2016; guided study that includes the use of case studies which students develop in an increasingly independent way, allowing them to build on their knowledge and experience. 

Please note that it is only after successfully completing all elements of the module and requesting annotation to the professional register that you will have the authority to prescribe.

Careers and Employability

This course is usually commissioned by Health Education England for students with an already identified need. There are national directives around increasing the roles of pharmacists – for example in GP practices – which may be useful if you are paying for the programme yourself.



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In the fast-changing world of therapeutics, prescribing and health care provision, prescribers, or those providing prescribing advice, may feel under-equipped to meet Department of Health demands and the challenges that have emerged from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Read more

Overview

In the fast-changing world of therapeutics, prescribing and health care provision, prescribers, or those providing prescribing advice, may feel under-equipped to meet Department of Health demands and the challenges that have emerged from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). A key development for pharmacists has been the advent of independent pharmacist prescribers, new roles in medicines optimisation and supporting the management of long term conditions. Pharmacists are continually being asked to broaden their role and contribution within primary healthcare. In addition, the requirements for pharmacists to demonstrate their commitment to continual professional development is as strong as ever and is reflected in the recent General Pharmaceutical Council’s announcements regarding the assurance of the continual fitness to practice of pharmacists. Other healthcare professionals have similar requirements in relation to CPD and revalidation.

Choice and flexibility are key features of the Prescribing Studies programme. Healthcare professionals may choose different pathways to reach the awards of Certificate, Diploma and Masters to meet their own specific professional development needs and to advance their professional practice e.g. by undertaking the Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course for Pharmacists. Flexibility is also provided by our CPD Plus+ and CPD Plus+ Open Learn modules which are available as 5, 10, 15 and 30 credit modules.

Why choose a Prescribing Studies Course?

The Centre for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning, part of the School of Pharmacy at Keele University, has a reputation for providing stimulating education programmes for general practitioners, pharmacists, nurses and other members of the health care team. We offer a multidisciplinary approach that ensures our courses encompass a broad range of skills and are responsive to the changing health care environment. We are closely in touch, through our advisors, with NHS development and service needs in primary care. We are recognised nationally as a centre of excellence in the areas of prescribing and audit. For example, the Keele Centre for Medicines Optimisation is based within the School of Pharmacy, and has 20 years of experience of providing tailored, cost-effective, prescribing support and medicines management solutions to the NHS to allow the optimisation of medicines use.

The distance learning format of the courses enables busy health professionals to study where and when it is most convenient to them

See the website https://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtcourses/prescribingstudies/

Course Aims

The overall aim of the Prescribing Studies programme is to offer the opportunity for prescribers (medical and non-medical) and those providing prescribing advice to enhance their knowledge base, skills and understanding of practical therapeutics and prescribing within the context of the larger health care team. The overall programme aims to enable participants to achieve the following learning outcomes:

- Describe and appraise the practical considerations that are relevant to the prescriber in primary care

- Apply clinical and behavioural knowledge and skills to the prescribing process

- Describe the principles underlying rational prescribing

- Apply the principles underlying rational prescribing to specific patient groups

- Describe the therapy of common medical conditions

- Apply evidence-based prescribing to the treatment of common medical conditions

In addition, the student will develop valuable practical skills including written and oral communication, and the ability to design audit projects, collect, analyse and interpret data. The programme will also encourage you to develop the self-discipline of private study, self-directed learning and critical reflection through the use of a reflective portfolio that you can continue beyond your formal study period with Keele in your own Continuing Professional Development.

Teaching & Assessment

Assessment for the Certificate/ Diploma and MSc is entirely by coursework. This may include short problem solving cases, audit or project work. Common to all the courses is the requirement to complete a Reflective Portfolio.

The assessment methods used aim to encourage you to take an active part in your own education and to apply your knowledge to practical situations in the workplace.

Additional Costs

For all programmes you will need regular access to a computer, email and the internet. However apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for our postgraduate programmes, with the exception of those listed below.

DPharm and Independent prescribing course
There will be additional travel and accommodation costs (if required) to attend the face to face study days or meet with your supervisor (DPharm only) on these programmes.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/

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Summary

The Postgraduate Certificate in Medicines Management (Independent and/ or Supplementary Prescribing) is a part-time, web-dependent programme, developed with the aim of preparing suitably qualified Allied Health Professionals for the extended roles of access and supply of drugs under exemption order, Patient Group Directives, Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (Physiotherapy and Podiatry) and Supplementary Prescribing (Radiography).

The programme comprises two compulsory thirty credit point modules; Pharmacotherapeutics in Prescribing and Prescribing in Practice; in combination leading to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Medicines Management and the professional award of Independent and/or Supplementary Prescribing (for those professions eligible). The two modules are usually taken over a one year period. The programme runs from September to December (Module 1: Pharmacotherapeutics in Prescribing) and January to May (Module 2: Prescribing in Practice) each year.

About

Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, and Radiographers have been able to prescribe as Supplementary Prescribers since 2005. Two joint formal consultation by the Department of Health and the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on proposals to further introduce Independent Prescribing rights to Chiropodists/Podiatrists and Physiotherapists in 2011 led to the development of The Human Medicines Regulations 2012, resulting in Independent Prescribing rights being extended to these health professions from August 2013.

Non- medical prescribing underpins achievement of the goals identified in Equality and Excellence: Liberating the NHS (Department of Health 2012) by the development of new roles and service delivery to improve patient outcome. Independent and Supplementary prescribing by Health Professionals improves patient access to services, enables early intervention reducing hospital admissions and improves discharge outcomes following hospital stay by improving the transition from acute to community care.

Independent prescribing by Physiotherapists and Podiatrists has been demonstrated to support patient-centered care by enhancing partnership working across professional and organisational boundaries, enabling the redesign of care pathways that is cost effective, maximizes benefit to the patient, enhances professional autonomy and is sustainable.

Supplementary Prescribing is used most often in chronic disease management where the initial diagnosis has been made by an Independent Prescriber and continued care is paramount (for example in the case of administration of radiotherapy, or the case of clinical research trials). Direct benefits to the patient are an improvement in patient care, better use of Allied Health Professionals and Medics time, clarification of professional responsibilities leading to improved communications, the provision of a holistic and autonomous service by non-medical professionals, greater concordance and improved understanding by patients of their pharmacological management.

This part time, web-dependent programme has been developed with the aim of preparing suitably qualified Allied Health Professionals for the extended role of Independent and/ or Supplementary Prescribing in accordance with legislative eligibility. Completion of the programme also provides the training elements required for Allied Health Professionals working under patient group directives and will qualify the applicant for the professional entry of Prescriptions Only Medicine Certification on the Health Professions Council register where eligible.

Attendance

Students are required to attend and engage with ALL face to face teaching sessions and clinical placement hours associated with the programme. Students MUST demonstrate that placement activity is carried out and attendance meets requirements specified in the Prescribing Practice Portfolio (Minimum requirements: 90 hours attendance in clinical prescribing practice for Independent and / or Supplementary Prescribing).

Work placement / study abroad

Placement is central to the development of the safe prescriber and the educational input and support of a designated/ approved General/ Medical Practitioner is crucial to the development of the necessary competencies.

For students undertaking the full Postgraduate Certificate programme, placement is organised by the student in negotiation with the employer and Medical Practitioner, and in consultation with the University of Ulster. Clinical placement across the two modules is a minimum 90 hours. Placement is a compulsory part of this programme during which students develop their clinical skills, under the supervision of a Medical Practitioner, to be able to undertake their new role safely.

The placement setting will typically be the workplace for each student. Proposed Medical Practitioner’s will be expected to sign a declaration of eligibility (in accordance with the Department of Health’s eligibility criteria) prior to a student being accepted onto the programme. In cases where students cannot gain the skills required in their place of work, the main objective will be to seek the experiences within another suitable environment.

Professional recognition

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as an Independent and/or Supplementary Prescriber.

Career options

The Postgraduate Certificate in Medicines Management delivers a range of learning experiences to enable students across and between multiple disciplines to enhance their knowledge and skills, encourage critical thinking, creativity and strategic planning in Independenet and/ or Supplementary Prescribing within their professional field, thereby enhancing employability. Students applying for this programme are expected to already be following a distinct career pathwaywith the opportunity of progressing in that pathway through the extended prescibing and leadership skills attained.



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This MSc is a specialist pathway through the Advanced Practice programme, providing you with the opportunity to explore your specialist areas of practice and to qualify as an independent prescriber. Read more

This MSc is a specialist pathway through the Advanced Practice programme, providing you with the opportunity to explore your specialist areas of practice and to qualify as an independent prescriber.

Overview

This part-time Masters level course is designed to prepare nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, podiatrists and therapeutic radiographers to practise as independent prescribers, meeting standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The programme is a pathway through the MSc in Advanced Practice, enabling you to qualify as a non-medical prescriber alongside a programme of study that will develop your critical analysis and personal reflection skills. As well as preparing you for lifelong professional development, the MSc will provide you with the knowledge and skills for a career leading, managing and developing advanced practice roles and models of care delivery.

Distinctive features

  • This is an inter-disciplinary programme, meaning that you will learn alongside nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, podatrists and therapeutic radiographers.
  • The programme prepares professionals as independent/supplementary prescribers and to meet the relevant standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

The course is taught in a way that is designed to enable you to build upon your previous experience, knowledge and skills, to apply your learning and skill development to the area in which you will prescribe.

You may be taught through lessons, lectures, guided study, e-learning, workshops, and discussion groups. 

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of the programme who will provide educational and pastoral support and will aim to:

  • Maintain regular contact throughout the programme.
  • Advise on the academic standards.
  • Provide support and guidance with respect to learning.
  • Provide feedback of progress and constructive comment on any aspects of learning which will require further development.
  • Be available for personal advice and support.
  • Ensure the professional requirement has been met.

The personal tutor will aim to be available for support on all academic and practice matters. They will also be responsible for reviewing progress of the Prescribing Portfolio and provide guidance on its construction.

Career prospects

The MSc in Advanced Practice is designed for health, social care and related professionals in primary, secondary and tertiary settings who wish to advance their knowledge base, clinical, leadership and management skills. Students, irrespective of their clinical specialty, will become actively involved in the advancement of practice.

The non-medical prescribing pathway will provide you with a qualification that enable you to build on your existing role; improving the patient experience and reducing waiting times.

This programme will help you develop your career by undertaking more advanced roles with greater responsibilities for managing patient care.



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