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Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, Non-Medical Prescribing is an extended role for suitable qualified nurses, midwives, pharmacists and allied health professionals. Read more
Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, Non-Medical Prescribing is an extended role for suitable qualified nurses, midwives, pharmacists and allied health professionals.

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.

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This course is specifically designed for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who wish to undertake part-time study to prepare them to become a non-medical prescriber. Read more
This course is specifically designed for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals who wish to undertake part-time study to prepare them to become a non-medical prescriber. Nurses and midwives will be awarded the NMC recorded qualification (V300 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing) and allied health professionals will be awarded an annotation with the HPC as a Supplementary Prescriber.
The leading principle within the Non-Medical Prescribing course is to prepare you to deliver high quality care by equipping you to:
- Prescribe safely and effectively
- Use resources to your optimum effect for service users
- Improve well-being and reduce inequalities
- Provide evidence-based effective care
- Engage in policy making and actively participate in the multidisciplinary prescribing team

You can expect to study four modules:

•Pharmacology and therapeutics for prescribers (30 credits) will prepare students to understand and apply the principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics directly related to prescribing practice. Practitioners will have the opportunity to critically analyse evidence based practice including risk assessment and management and to synthesise information relating to their own area of practice.
•Outline content includes: pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics; adverse drug reactions; numeracy; safe principles of prescribing; anatomy and physiology across the life span.
•Professional, legal and ethical issues for prescribers (15 credits) focuses on critically evaluating and synthesising ideas from the evidence in relation to the legal, ethical and professional issues implicit in non-medical prescribing decision making and consultations. Outline content includes: legislation and policies related to prescribing; accountability and responsibility for assessment, diagnosis and prescribing independently and within the multi-disciplinary team; patient safety in supervising, managing and evaluating prescribing decisions; prescribing effectively within a finite prescribing budget.
•Applied prescribing in the clinical context (15 credits) aims to critically evaluate the skills required for a comprehensive consultation for safe effective prescribing. In addition it is designed to promote synthesis of ideas influential in prescribing decision making. Outline content includes: appraisal of self and others regarding consultation skills in achieving medicines adherence; external pressures impacting on prescribing; different management options used to treat patients.
•Prescribing in practice for nurses and midwives / allied health professionals (0 credits) prepares students to prescribe from the British National Formulary as both independent and supplementary prescribers for nurses and midwives or as a supplementary prescriber for allied health professionals. Outline content includes: application of theory to practice; rationale for prescribing decisions; numeracy skills, writing prescriptions; prescribing in a range of scenarios. All practice experiences and practice outcomes for the whole course are based within this module.
Teaching and assessment
Our student-centred and enquiry-based approach to learning incorporates a wide variety of learning and teaching strategies, including; case studies, scenarios, small group work, action learning sets, workshops, pod casts, reflection, student presentations, supervised consultations with service users in practice and clinically focused tutorials. An essential part of the course will take place in practice settings under the guidance of a Designated Medical Practitioner, facilitated by your personal tutor. Students will also be supported by a designated qualified nurse prescriber, lead midwife for education, or supplementary prescriber for allied health, who will take up the role of preceptor at the end of the course.

Expertise
Our course team have a wide range of experience in non-medical prescribing provision. A key strength is that most are, or have been, independent and or supplementary prescribers from primary and secondary care in nursing, midwifery and pharmacy practice. The external examiner is also experienced in non-medical prescribing.

Graduate careers
A qualification in non-medical prescribing will be an essential aspect of your professional portfolio and will support your career progression through the advancement of your own practice in providing high quality patient care; thus enhancing your continued professional development needs.

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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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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
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 holisitc 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 prodfessional teams will find the appeal of becoming a V300 prescriber, an essential component of promoting professional acccountability and patient empowerment.

Key benefits

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

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/non-medical-prescribing-12841

Course details

- Description -

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.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

The programme aims to deliver a structured curriculum of teaching, learning and assessment, enabling students to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding .The learning experience encourages students to become active and motivated learners, who can seek information, question and analyse its validity and draw appropriate and logical conclusions.

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.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five or ten equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway

Scholarships

A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

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This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows students to seek to have their qualification recorded by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and to practise as an Independent Nurse Prescriber (V300). Read more
This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows students to seek to have their qualification recorded by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and to practise as an Independent Nurse Prescriber (V300).

Prescribing by nurses has evolved to offer better access to medicines and to optimise the skills and expertise of nurses in the provision of care. Where appropriate, nurses are able to complete episodes of care, whilst also enhancing their role within the team.

Patients evaluate their experience of Nurse Independent prescribing positively.

Students frequently report that the course is probably the most challenging they have undertaken since their pre-registration programme, but also the most rewarding. Students report positively on the organisation of the course and on the support provided for their preparation as prescribers. The programme delivery is designed to provide opportunities for students to receive feedback to support the development of their work throughout the programme. We consider all student feedback and work with this to enhance the student experience and outcomes.

We meet regularly with Non-Medical Prescribing Leads and mentors to ensure that the programme maintains its relevance to the constantly evolving environment of healthcare, thus ensuring that students are ‘fit for practice’ and ‘fit for purpose’. The programme team includes academic staff who continue to work in practice.

Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribers, please see the course information page for V150 Prescribing for Community Practitioners:
https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/courses/cpd-and-short-courses/prescribing-for-community-practitioners-v150/

Further information and examples of Nurse Independent prescribing roles can be found at:
http://www.prescribingforsuccess.co.uk/document_uploads/nmp-staff-stories/NMP_NHS_Staff_Stories.pdf

And using the link to the Non-Medical Prescribing Guide: a quick guide for commissioners (National Prescribing Centre, 2010):
http://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20140627112622/http://www.npc.nhs.uk/non_medical/resources/NMP_QuickGuide.pdf

Course outline

The programme is a multi-professional, part-time course which will prepare nurses, midwives, health visitors for a role as an Independent Nurse Prescriber (V300).

In accordance with the requirements identified by the NMC, the programme comprises 26 theory days, of which some may be attended more flexibly online, and 12 practice days (90 hours equivalent) in clinical practice preparing to be a prescriber.

This 40 credit programme at level 7 comprises two 10 credits modules (one at level 6) and one 20 credit module focusing on the principles which underpin prescribing practice and pharmacology.

On successful completion of the programme students will be able to:
-Recognise and manage clinical complexity, consult effectively with patients and carers, assessing their need for medicines, taking account of their wishes and conducting, as appropriate, a relevant physical examination.
-Demonstrate clarity of reasoning in relation to the relevance of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and apply the knowledge to their own prescribing practice.
-Interrogate the benefits and demonstrate how they will prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively, justifying the local application of legal and professional frameworks for accountability and responsibility in relation to prescribing.
-Synthesise sources of information, advice and support, explaining how they will use them in prescribing practice, taking into account evidence based practice, national/local guidelines and the roles of others who are involved in prescribing practice.
-Critically debate factors which impact on prescribing in a public health context and which necessitate therapeutic monitoring and modification and practice based change.
-Demonstrate through the interface of theory and practice they can take an appropriate history taking, undertake a clinical assessment and make an appropriate diagnosis having considered the legal, cognitive, emotional and physical differences between children and adults.

Graduate destinations

Non-medical prescribing is offered as stand-alone provision, but can also contribute to a postgraduate award.

For example, you could combine successful completion of the Non-Medical Prescribing award with the 20-credit module HPHG7024 Medicines: Therapeutics and Pharmacology for a Postgraduate Certificate Practice Development with option to transfer the credits into a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc Practice Development.

Other admission requirements

All entry and selection criteria must be met in full prior to programme commencement:
-Evidence of prior successful study at level 6 and within 6 years of the course start date.
-A fully completed application form confirming.

We recommend that applicants have successfully completed at least one academic module at Level 7 prior to applying for this programme at Level 7.

-At least two years' clinical experience in the area in which prescribing will take place.
-Identification of the need to prescribe by the line manager, and access to a prescribing budget on successful completion of the course.
-A Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) who will act as mentor.
-The DMP mentor must meet the standards required by the Department of Health.
-Clinical governance arrangements agreed by the Non-Medical Prescribing Lead.
-For applicants within Cumbria and Lancashire, evidence of attainment of a minimum mark of 80% in the pre-course numeracy assessment.
-A copy of a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check obtained by the applicant’s employer, and issued within three years of the course start date.
The application form provides further detail regarding essential criteria.

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The Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) team at London South Bank University (LSBU) has a long history of delivering high-quality ANP education, initially with the first ANP programme in the UK based at the RCN Institute, London and subsequently at LSBU. Read more
The Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) team at London South Bank University (LSBU) has a long history of delivering high-quality ANP education, initially with the first ANP programme in the UK based at the RCN Institute, London and subsequently at LSBU. LSBU has provided ANP education at both degree and masters level in the past. However developments in policy related to advanced nursing practice have increasingly emphasised the need for masters level education to inform and underpin nursing activities at an advanced level.

You will initially enrol for the postgraduate ANP award programme, which comprises of a prescribed sequence of five compulsory modules and the Non Medical Prescribing programme. The curriculum for this award has been shaped by the Department of Health (2010) position statement on Advanced Level Nursing which is the current English policy standard for ANPs. It has been mapped against its four themes of "Clinical/direct care practice", "Leadership and collaborative practice", "Improving quality and developing practice" and "Developing self and others". This ensures that graduates from our Postgraduate Diploma ANP programme (PgDip ANP) will be able to demonstrate all of the elements that are detailed in this statement and are therefore benchmarked against the current policy standards for advanced nursing practice in England.

This course is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Accreditation unit. This is the only quality marker for ANP programmes in the UK and demonstrates that our programme has been rigorously evaluated against 15 standards and associated criteria (RCN, 2012) and judged to prepare ANPs to an advanced level commensurate with the RCN guidance on ANPs (RCN, 2012). The sequencing of modules is designed to support advancement of clinical knowledge and skills during the programme.

The programme incorporates the Non Medical Prescribing programme for those students who are not already independent prescribers.

You have the option to exit at the end of the PgDip ANP or can choose to progress to gain the MSc award by undertaking a dissertation. You do not have to make this decision until year two or three depending on your rate of progress through the postgraduate diploma programme. You have up to five years to complete the Postgraduate Diploma. Graduates would be required to enrol to undertake the Dissertation within two years of completing the PgDip ANP. Those choosing to progress to the MSc ANP award have six years overall to complete this award from point of registration.

This clinically-focused programme is a "generic" ANP preparation programme. While it is offered to nurses working in any setting and with any client group it should be noted that the curriculum is designed to develop a "generalist" approach at advanced level. In practice this means that you will be expected to gain substantial experience in and demonstrate advanced level knowledge and clinical competence in relation to assessment, clinical reasoning, formulation of appropriate differential diagnosis, diagnostic decision making and initiation or delivery of appropriate timely evidence-based care for patients experiencing problems related to the following: head, neck, ENT, skin, eyes, lymph nodes, respiratory system, cardiac and peripheral vascular systems, gastrointestinal system, musculoskeletal system, neurological system (including cranial nerves), and mental health.

The programme is therefore not appropriate for nurses working within a specialist area who want to continue to further their learning and career within that specialty. An alternative MSc Nursing and MSc Healthcare programme provide a more suitable alternative. Take a look at our online CPPD prospectus for more information http://www1.lsbu.ac.uk/hsccpd/ .

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/advanced-nurse-practitioner

Modules

The RCN ANP standards (2012) and DH (2010) Advanced Nursing position statement are central to the design of the curricula and staging of the modules. Key material is introduced, further developed, revisited and consolidated in a spiral approach, with knowledge and skills pertaining to all of the ANP domains and competencies taught, developed and assessed during the programme. All modules carry 20 credits at masters level (Level 7) other than the "Physiological Principles for ANPs" module which is provided at degree level (Level 6) to develop key foundation knowledge to underpin subsequent applied patho-physiology and pharmacology educational input.

The first two modules on the course are:
- Physiological Principles for ANPs
- Advanced Assessment Skills for Clinical Practice

These, along with the Non Medical Prescribing (NMP) programme, can be taken on a stand-alone single module basis and then credited into the ANP course within a two year time frame.

The other modules are listed below and these can only be taken once a student is enrolled on the programme:
- Clinical Reasoning and Applied Pathophysiology for ANPs
- Leadership and Service Development for ANPs
- Managing Clinical Complexity for ANPs

Non Medical Prescribing

The PgDip ANP includes the requirement for you to become an Independent Prescriber by successfully completing the Non Medical Prescribing (NMP) programme. This ensures that graduates from the programme will be able to fully meet patient's needs and service demands. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) stipulates the rules for delivery of the NMP programme, which dictate that this must be taken as a distinct entity with a separate application process. At LSBU the NMP programme is available as a Graduate Certificate (60 credits, Level 6) and a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, Level 7). Those on the PgDip ANP programme who have not already successfully completed the NMP programme or equivalent, will undertake the full NMP programme at Level 7 and 20 credits will be used towards the PgDip ANP award. A separate occurrence of the NMP programme will be provided for all ANP students from January to July each year. If you have previously completed the Non Medical Prescribing programme (or equivalent) at master's level then you will not be required to repeat this component. However, those who have previously completed the NMP programme (or equivalent) at degree level will be required to make up 20 credits at masters level by undertaking an optional module of choice. The School offers a wide variety of modules including ones that focus on assessing and managing children's minor illness, mentorship and developing research or specialist skills. Alternatively you could use master's level credit from prior learning at LSBU or study undertaken at another university.

Employability

To date we have prepared over 1,000 ANPs who have gone on to enjoy excellent employment opportunities. For example our graduates are now making a positive impact on service delivery and patient care in general practices, walk-in centres, urgent care centres, minor injury units,A&E departments, refugee/asylum seekers/homeless projects, elderly care facilities, 'out of hours' developments, rapid response services, prison services, intermediate care teams, generalist and specialist acute services,critical-care and ITU, outreach initiatives that cross traditional healthcare boundaries, and innovative community-based services. Some are now lead nurses within social enterprises, partners in general practices, nurse representatives on commissioning boards, community matrons and nurse consultants.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is provided by experienced qualified ANPs, many of whom work regularly in clinical practice. A variety of student-centred, teaching strategies are used including skills demonstrations and supervised, practical workshops and use of online learning resources. High quality student skills development and supervision is provided with a one teacher to 15 student ratio.

E-learning complements face-to-face delivery for all modules. Blended learning is used as a teaching and learning strategy alongside classroom attendance in modules to enhance your clinical and professional development and support you to overcome the challenges that ANP's face in the workplace. You therefore need use of a computer and efficient internet access between classroom sessions. For those who are anxious about their ability to study and write at master's level will be supported with sessions on study skills, academic writing, formative feedback on their writing and one to one tutorials.

Practice based learning

Focused practice based learning activities are an integral part of the programme to complement classroom learning and develop your clinical and professional scope of practice to an advanced level. Evidence of clinical development and completion of certified clinical hours, form one of the components of assessment for the clinical modules. Requirements for skills development and practice based learning extend beyond the University semesters to include the summer periods. You are therefore strongly advised to negotiate for your study day to continue throughout the calendar year.

Learning within the work place is supported through identification of a doctor/qualified ANP to act as your "Practice Facilitator" to initially supervise and subsequently support your clinical development. Details of these activities and the role of the Practice Facilitator are provided in the Practice Based Learning Handbook which accompanies the programme and are discussed during a specific session for students and their Practice Facilitators within the Orientation programme at the start of the course.

Assessments

A range of assessment methods are used including health needs assessment leading to development of a service proposal, clinical case analysis, completion of certified clinical hours, a clinically focused portfolio and practical assessments including OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) Guided practice-based learning takes place in the your own work place, supported by a visit from an ANP Mentor.

Attendance

The attendance requirements for this programme are greater those normally associated with a traditional post-graduate course; we use additional study days / blocks to develop the professional skills that are integral to the pathway. The nature of this programme means that those who miss any sessions will lose out on their learning experience. Academic Regulations stipulate that students who miss more than two sessions within a module will not normally be eligible to continue to finish the module. Please consider this requirement when you plan to undertake the programme.

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This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows you to seek to have your qualification annotated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to practice as an independent physiotherapist or podiatrist prescriber. Read more
This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows you to seek to have your qualification annotated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to practice as an independent physiotherapist or podiatrist prescriber.

Prescribing by physiotherapists and podiatrists has evolved to offer better access to medicines and to optimise the skills and expertise of physiotherapists and podiatrists in the provision of care. Where appropriate, physiotherapists and podiatrists are able to complete episodes of care, whilst also enhancing their role within the team.

Patients evaluate their experience of non-medical prescribing positively.

Students frequently report that the course is probably the most challenging they have undertaken since their pre-registration programme, but also the most rewarding. Students report positively on the organisation of the course and the support provided. The programme delivery is designed to provide opportunities for you to receive feedback to support the development of your work; we consider all student feedback and work with this to enhance your experience and outcomes.

We meet regularly with non-medical prescribing leads and mentors to ensure that the programme maintains its relevance to the constantly evolving environment of healthcare, thus ensuring that students are ‘fit for practice’ and ‘fit for purpose’. The programme team includes academic staff who continue to work in practice.

Further information and examples of nurse independent prescribing roles can be found here:
http://www.prescribingforsuccess.co.uk/document_uploads/nmp-staff-stories/NMP_NHS_Staff_Stories.pdf

And using the link to the Non-Medical Prescribing Guide: a quick guide for commissioners (National Prescribing Centre, 2010): http://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20140627112622/http://www.npc.nhs.uk/non_medical/resources/NMP_QuickGuide.pdf

Course outline

The programme is a multi-professional, part-time course which will prepare physiotherapists and podiatrists for their roles as independent prescribers.

In accordance with the requirements identified by the HCPC, the programme comprises 26 theory days, of which some may be attended more flexibly online, and 12 practice days (90 hours equivalent) in clinical practice preparing to be a prescriber.

This 40 credit programme at level 7 comprises two 10 credits modules (one at level 6) and one 20 credit module focusing on the principles which underpin prescribing practice and pharmacology.

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to:
-Consult effectively with patients and carers, assessing their need for medicines, taking account of their wishes and demonstrating understanding of the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms of the presenting complaint, and conduct a relevant physical examination, recognise and manage clinical complexity.
-Demonstrate clarity of reasoning in relation to the relevance of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and apply the knowledge to your own prescribing practice whilst recognising and evaluating the relationship between pharmacology and prescribing practice at individual, local and national levels.
-Demonstrate a critical awareness of legal, ethical and professional frameworks including the responsibility that your role as an independent/supplementary prescriber entails, and demonstrate initiative and personal responsibility for working within the scope of your professional competence, articulate and demonstrate how you will prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively.
-Synthesise sources of information, advice and support, taking into account evidence-based practice, national/ local guidelines and the roles of others who are involved in prescribing practice and demonstrate their application to prescribing practice.
-Critically evaluate factors which impact on prescribing at individual, local and national levels and in a public health context and which necessitate therapeutic monitoring, modification and practice-based change.
-Demonstrate knowledge and clarity of reasoning in the ability to refer/ consult with other appropriate health care professionals in a timely manner, developing an effective relationship and communication channels with patients/carers, other prescribers and members of the health care team to work within a prescribing partnership, critically reflect on the clinical governance frameworks that include audit and prescribing practice and development.

Graduate destinations

Non-medical prescribing is offered as stand-alone provision, but can also contribute to a postgraduate award.

For example, you could combine successful completion of the Non-medical Prescribing award with the 20-credit module HPHG7024 Medicines: Therapeutics and Pharmacology (https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/courses/cpd-and-short-courses/medicines---therapeutics-and-pharmacology/) for a Postgraduate Certificate Practice Development, with option to transfer the credits into a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc Practice Development.

Other admission requirements

All entry criteria must be met in full prior to programme commencement:
-Evidence of prior successful study at level 6 and within 6 years of the course start date

A fully-completed application form confirming:
-At least two years' clinical experience in the area in which prescribing will take place.
-Identification of the need to prescribe by the line manager, and access to a prescribing budget on successful completion of the course.
-A Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) who will act as mentor.
-The DMP mentor must meet the standards required by the Department of Health.
-Clinical governance arrangements agreed by the Non-Medical Prescribing Lead.
-For applicants within Cumbria and Lancashire, evidence of attainment of a minimum mark of 80% in the pre-course numeracy assessment.
-A satisfactory Enhanced DBS check obtained by the applicant’s employer, and issued within three years of the course start date.

The application form provides further detail regarding essential criteria.

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This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows you to seek to have your qualification annotated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to practice as a supplementary prescriber. Read more
This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows you to seek to have your qualification annotated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to practice as a supplementary prescriber. Prescribing by radiographers has evolved to offer better access to medicines and to optimise their skills and expertise in the provision of care. Where appropriate, radiographers are able to complete episodes of care, whilst also enhancing their role within the team. Patients evaluate their experience of non-medical prescribing positively.

Students frequently report that the course is probably the most challenging they have undertaken since their pre-registration programme, but also the most rewarding. Students also report positively on the organisation of the course and on the support provided. The programme delivery is designed to provide opportunities for students to receive feedback to support the development of their work. We consider all student feedback and work with you to enhance your student experience and outcomes.

We meet regularly with non-medical prescribing leads and mentors to ensure that the programme maintains its relevance to the constantly evolving environment of healthcare, thus ensuring that students are ‘fit for practice’ and ‘fit for purpose’. The programme team includes academic staff who continue to work in practice.

Further information and examples of nurse independent prescribing roles can be found here:
http://www.prescribingforsuccess.co.uk/document_uploads/nmp-staff-stories/NMP_NHS_Staff_Stories.pdf

And using the link to the Non-Medical Prescribing Guide: a quick guide for commissioners (National Prescribing Centre, 2010): http://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20140627112622/http://www.npc.nhs.uk/non_medical/resources/NMP_QuickGuide.pdf

Course outline

The programme is a multi-professional, part-time course which will prepare radiographers for their roles as supplementary prescribers. In accordance with the requirements identified by the HCPC, the programme comprises 26 theory days, of which some may be attended more flexibly online, and 12 practice days (90 hours equivalent) in clinical practice preparing to be a prescriber. This 40 credit programme at level 6 comprises two 10 credits modules (one at Level 6) and one 20 credit module focusing on the principles which underpin prescribing practice and pharmacology.

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to:
-Consult effectively with patients and carers, assessing their need for medicines, taking account of their wishes and demonstrate understanding of the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms of the presenting complaint and conduct a relevant physical examination.
-Critically appraise the relevance of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and apply the knowledge to your own prescribing practice, recognising and evaluating influences on prescribing practice.
-Demonstrate an understanding of legal, ethical and professional frameworks including the responsibility that your role as a supplementary prescriber entails, demonstrate awareness of your own limitations and work within the limits of your professional competence, and articulate and demonstrate how you will prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively.
-Critique sources of information, advice and support, explaining how you will use them in prescribing practice, taking into account evidence-based practice, national/ local guidelines and the roles of others who are involved in prescribing practice.
-Critically reflect on the factors which impact on prescribing at individual, local and national levels and in a public health context and which necessitate therapeutic monitoring and modification and practice-based change.
-Demonstrate the ability to refer/ consult with other appropriate health care professionals in a timely manner, developing an effective relationship and communication channels with patients/carers, other prescribers and members of the health care team to work within a prescribing partnership, and critically reflect on the clinical governance frameworks that include audit and prescribing practice and development.

Graduate destinations

Non-medical Prescribing is offered as stand-alone provision, but can also contribute to a postgraduate award.

For example, you could combine successful completion of the Non-medical Prescribing award with the 20-credit module HPHG7024 Medicines: Therapeutics and Pharmacology for a Postgraduate Certificate Practice Development with option to transfer the credits into a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc Practice Development.

Admission requirements

All entry criteria must be met in full prior to programme commencement:
-Evidence of prior successful study at level 6 and within 6 years of the course start date.

A fully completed application form confirming:
-At least two years' clinical experience in the area in which prescribing will take place.
-Identification of the need to prescribe by the line manager, and access to a prescribing budget on successful completion of the course.
-A Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) who will act as mentor.
-The DMP mentor must meet the standards required by the Department of Health.
-Clinical governance arrangements agreed by the Non-Medical Prescribing Lead.
-For applicants within Cumbria and Lancashire, evidence of attainment of a minimum mark of 80% in the pre-course numeracy assessment.
-A satisfactory Enhanced DBS check obtained by the applicant’s employer, and issued within three years of the course start date
-The application form provides further detail regarding essential criteria.

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing aims to prepare nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals to practice within current non-medical prescribing legislation. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing aims to prepare nurses, pharmacists and 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. Please contact the programme manager on to discuss which cohort may be more appropriate for you.

The September cohort of this course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Professional body approval of the March cohort is to be confirmed.

Key Features of Non-Medical Prescribing

Teaching and Employability:

- Established and reputable links with the NHS, Social Services, and many private sector companies
- The September cohort of this programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Professional body approval of the March cohort is to be confirmed.
- 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 may be eligible for funding support
- This 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 admissions team or the programme director for further information.

This 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 nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, radiographers and podiatrists to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting.

Significant changes planned for this programme and details will be released as soon as possible.

Non-Medical Prescribing Course Structure

The programme comprises one 60 credit module, SHGM21 Non-medical Prescribing. This will be tailored to the relevant professional body requirements (NMC, HCPC and GPhC).

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

Who should apply?

The Non-Medical Prescribing programme is suitable for:

- nurses
- pharmacists
- physiotherapists
- radiographers
- podiatrists

looking to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting.

Staff Expertise

The 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.

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

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This short professional programme validated by the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) prepares qualified nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and podiatrists for independent prescribing and radiographers for supplementary prescribing within a specified field of clinical practice. 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 Care Professions Council (HCPC) prepares qualified nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and podiatrists for independent prescribing and radiographers for supplementary prescribing within a specified field of clinical practice.

This programme is made up of three, twenty credit modules, which run concurrently to make up the programme.

In addition applicants may find it beneficial to complete a health assessmentmodule prior to undertaking the non-medical prescribing programme. For exampleAdvanced assessment skills for clinical practice (Level 7).

Conversion Course for Supplementary Prescribers

This short professional course will provide Physiotherapists and Podiatrists 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).

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/non-medical-prescribing-conversion-course-for-supplementary-prescribers

Modules

There are threemodules 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

Employability

On successful completion of the GradCert/PgCert Non-Medical Prescribing, you will be able to independently prescribe within your specified field of clinical practice. This in turn may enhance employment and progression opportunities.

Teaching and learning

- GradCert/ PgCert Non-Medical Prescribing
You will attend the University one day a week and there are 26 taught days within the course.

There are a variety of assessment strategies employedincluding examinations, OSCE, clinical portfolio and a written case study.

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This course provides a programme of preparation for registered nurses, midwives, chiropodists/podiatrists and physiotherapists to prescribe safely and competently as an independent and supplementary prescriber. Read more
This course provides a programme of preparation for registered nurses, midwives, chiropodists/podiatrists and physiotherapists to prescribe safely and competently as an independent and supplementary prescriber.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/non-medical-prescribing/

Why choose this course?

- Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice area and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.

- We support multi and interprofessional learning and teaching, and many of our courses are either fully multiprofessional or offer excellent opportunities for shared learning.

- Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development.

- We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

- Many of our lecturers have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international level.

This course in detail

The Postgraduate Certificate for Non-Medical Prescribing consists of two modules totalling 60 CATS credits:

Advanced History Taking and Assessment (20 level 7 credits) - Semester 1 Mondays, Semester 2 Tuesdays. This is a practice-based module enabling you to develop the skills and knowledge to take a comprehensive patient history and conduct a thorough physical and psychosocial assessment. It will significantly enhance your assessment skills and ability to accurately describe the patient/client’s history and examination findings using appropriate terminology, reporting deviations from normal in a succinct manner to colleagues within the multidisciplinary team. This module must be successfully completed before commencing the Non-Medical Prescribing (v300) module or the Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for AHP's (v300) module.

Non-Medical Prescribing (v300) 40 level 7 credits - Semester 1&2 or Semester 2&3 Thursdays (and Friday week 12). This blended learning course provides a programme of preparation for registered nurses and midwives to prescribe safely and competently as an Independent and Supplementary prescriber. The course introduces pharmacology, legal and ethical prescribing, interpersonal skills and quality assurance aspects of prescribing. These are underpinned by reflection on your own experience, evaluation of your own performance and application of theory to practice. It also enables participants to be aware of current development within non-medical prescribing in the UK.

OR

Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for AHP's (v300 ) 40 level 7 credits - Semester 1&2 or Semester 2&3 Thursdays (and Friday week 12). This blended learning course provides a programme of preparation for registered chiropodists/podiatrists and physiotherapists to develop the knowledge and skills required in order to be a safe, effective and competent Independent and Supplementary prescriber (v300) who is able to provide a high standard of care and be accountable for that care. The course introduces pharmacology, legal and ethical prescribing, interpersonal skills and quality assurance aspects of prescribing. These are underpinned by reflection on your own experience, evaluation of your own performance and application of theory to practice. It also enables participants to be aware of current development within non-medical prescribing in the UK.

Teaching and learning

Modules in the course are designed in a ‘blended learning’ framework which combines attended taught sessions with e-learning through our virtual learning environment (Moodle), which contains an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises.

Please note that you will require an internet connection to access this (preferably broadband). You will encounter a variety of teaching methods, which are designed to support your needs both within the taught sessions and the e-learning components.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

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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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At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. Read more
At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. You have the opportunity to study individual modules in subject areas that interest you. You can select from a comprehensive and contemporary range of modules that fit your personal development and career plans; either on an individual basis or combined in a planned programme to eventually achieve a degree.

COURSE OUTLINE

The Advanced Certificate Non Medical Prescribing prepares nurses/ midwives, pharmacists and relevant allied health professionals to practice within current non medical prescribing legislation. It is aimed at experienced practitioners who wish to enhance their clinical practice by prescribing as Independent Prescribers from the British National Formulary (BNF) and/or as Supplementary Prescribers using clinical management plans according to relevant professional standards as stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The generic nature of the course enables the student to apply the theory directly to his or her own practice area or speciality.

On successful completion of the course and subsequent registration with the appropriate regulatory body:
-Nurses and midwives will receive the V300 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing entry to the NMC register.
-Pharmacists will receive a ‘Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing’ which can be used to have their entry in the Register of Pharmaceutical Chemists annotated (GPhC).
-Allied Health Professionals (Physiotherapists) will receive a statement of competence to practice as an Independent and Supplementary prescriber from the HCPC.

All successful candidates will receive an Advanced Certificate Non Medical Prescribing.

This course is offered as a double module and attracts 40 credits at level 6 (NU3023) or 40 credits at level 7 (NU4023). Students may only undertake one of these modules. The course is delivered twice a year, commencing September (normally Thursdays) and January (normally Wednesdays). This course is offered as a combination of taught study days within the university and via directed study using the university’s resources, a Non Medical Prescribing Web Resource and the university’s on-line Learning Environment (Blackboard). It can be taken as a free-standing module or as part of undergraduate or postgraduate programmes.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT & ASSESSMENT

The course is designed for experienced practitioners and the use of student centred teaching and learning strategies is central to the course design. The sessions are delivered by a very experienced multiprofessional team via a range of approaches including: lectures, group discussions, case studies, seminars, tutorials, on-line Blackboard materials and an interactive elearning Web Resource. In addition, the opportunity afforded by shared multiprofessional learning will enhance your educational experience.

Student support from module supervisors will be ongoing throughout the programme, which includes direct contact and via email and telephone.

Assessment of the course is in four parts, all of which must be passed in order to successfully complete the course. These are the production of a 4000 word portfolio of professional development in prescribing practice, written examination, Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and achievement of competence in practice. Students who undertake the level 7 module (NU4023) will also have a viva voce with the OSCE.

ACADEMIC EXPERTISE

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

WORK EXPERIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

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This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows students to seek to have their qualification recorded by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and to practice as an Independent Pharmacist Prescriber. Read more
This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows students to seek to have their qualification recorded by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and to practice as an Independent Pharmacist Prescriber. Prescribing by pharmacists has evolved to offer better access to medicines and to optimise the skills and expertise of pharmacists in the provision of care. Where appropriate, pharmacists are able to complete episodes of care, whilst also enhancing their role within the team. Patients evaluate their experience of Pharmacist Independent prescribing positively.

Students frequently report that the course is probably the most challenging they have undertaken since their pre-registration programme, but also the most rewarding. Students report positively on the organisation of the course and on the support provided for their preparation as prescribers. The programme delivery is designed to provide opportunities for students to receive feedback to support the development of their work throughout the programme. We consider all student feedback and work with this to enhance the student experience and outcomes.

We meet regularly with Non-Medical Prescribing Leads and mentors to ensure that the programme maintains its relevance to the constantly evolving environment of healthcare, thus ensuring that students are ‘fit for practice’ and ‘fit for purpose’. The programme team includes academic staff who continue to work in practice.

Course outline

The programme is a multi-professional, part-time course which will prepare pharmacists for a role as an Independent Pharmacist Prescriber.

In accordance with the requirements identified by the GPhC, the programme comprises 26 theory days, of which some may be attended more flexibly online, and 12 practice days (90 hours equivalent) in clinical practice preparing to be a prescriber.

This 40 credit programme at level 7 comprises two 10 credit modules and one 20 credit module focusing on the principles which underpin prescribing practice.

On successful completion of the programme students will be able to:
-Consult effectively with patients and carers, assessing their need for medicines, taking account of their wishes and conducting, as appropriate, a relevant physical examination, recognise and manage clinical complexity.
-Demonstrate clarity of reasoning in relation to the relevance of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and apply the knowledge to their own prescribing practice.
-Interrogate the benefits and demonstrate how they will prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively, justifying the local application of legal and professional frameworks for accountability and responsibility in relation to prescribing.
-Synthesise sources of information, advice and support, explaining how they will use them in prescribing practice, taking into account evidence based practice, national/local guidelines and the roles of others who are involved in prescribing practice.
-Critically evaluate factors which impact on prescribing in a public health context and which necessitate therapeutic monitoring and modification and practice based change.
-Demonstrate knowledge and clarity of reasoning in the ability to refer/ consult with other appropriate health care professionals in a timely manner, developing an effective relationship and communication channels with patients/carers, other prescribers and members of the health care team to work within a prescribing partnership, critically reflect on the clinical governance frameworks that include audit and prescribing practice and development, provide evidence of their Continuing Professional Development plan for 12 months post qualifying.

Graduate destinations

Non-medical prescribing is offered as stand-alone provision. However, students may wish to enhance their prescribing role by undertaking a 20-credit Consultation and Physical Examination: Health Assessment Skills module and combine these modules for a Postgraduate Certificate award such as Prescribing and Assessment for Pharmacists.

Other admission requirements

-A Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) who will act as mentor.
-The DMP mentor must meet the standards required by the Department of Health.
-Clinical governance arrangements agreed by the Non-Medical Prescribing Lead.
-For applicants within Cumbria and Lancashire, evidence of attainment of a minimum mark of 80% in the pre-course numeracy assessment.
-A satisfactory Enhanced DBS check obtained by the applicant’s employer, and issued within three years of the course start date.

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Legislation dating from 1998, along with secondary legislation and subsequent amendments, has enabled a wide range of health professionals to qualify as non-medical prescribers. Read more
Legislation dating from 1998, along with secondary legislation and subsequent amendments, has enabled a wide range of health professionals to qualify as non-medical prescribers. There is now a huge demand for non-medical prescribers and the Medway School of Pharmacy programme was selected by Health Education Kent Surrey Sussex (HEKSS) as a contract provider of this qualification.

The programme covers, over a period of eight to nine contact days, communication and diagnostic skills, the legal, policy, professional and ethical aspects of prescribing, pharmacology, and patient assessment and monitoring. The programme, approved by the appropriate professional/regulatory bodies, provides a distance learning option for qualification as a non-medical prescribing. You can take the programme as a standalone postgraduate certificate in Independent/Supplementary Prescribing, or as one pathway into the Medicines Management programme by studying prescribing as either the first or second year of the Medicines Management postgraduate diploma (please see the Medicines Management programme leaflet and the pathway diagram leaflet both available from the school).

On successful completion, the school will notify the appropriate professional/regulatory body that you have qualified as an independent/supplementary prescriber. We also offer study days and short courses to help new prescribers fulfil their CPD requirements. Nurses have the option to undertake a short course in prescribing (45 credits at level 6).

The aims of the programme are:

- To prepare pharmacists, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and podiatrists to practise as independent / supplementary prescribers

- To prepare radiographers to practise as supplementary prescribers

- To meet the standards set by the respective professional or regulatory body as required within the legislative framework.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/pha/isp

Pharmacy

We offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes and courses for pharmacists and other health-care professionals. Our Medway School of Pharmacy is a unique collaboration between the Universities of Greenwich and Kent. We have designed innovative patient focused programmes to address the needs of healthcare professionals. A significant investment in facilities and equipment has allowed us to embark on our objective of establishing an internationally recognised research reputation based on multidisciplinary team work.

What you'll study

The programmes consist of 4 courses (modules).

PGCert Independent/Supplementary Prescribing:

All four courses are compulsory

- 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)

Short Course Programme in Prescribing (Independent and Supplementary) for Nurses – Level 6:

All four courses are compulsory

- 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)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

Assessments include: written assignments, case study analysis, multiple choice questions, narrative based on portfolio entries, attendance of period of learning in practice and Practical Assessment of Prescribing Practice (PAPP).

Professional recognition

On successful completion, the school will notify the appropriate professional/regulatory body that you have qualified as an independent/supplementary prescriber.

Career options

Graduates from this programme can pursue many opportunities within the field of prescribing.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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