GradCert/PgCert Non-Medical PrescribingThis 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 PrescribersThis 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).
ModulesThere 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 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 learningGradCert / PgCert Non-Medical Prescribing: There are a variety of assessment strategies employed, including examinations, OSCE, clinical portfolio and a written case study.
PlacementsA clinical placement is essential for this course.
Course durationPart-time : 2 days : May start date
Part-time : 6 months : January/April/June/September start date
Professional linksThe 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).
EmployabilityAll 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.