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.
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)
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).
On successful completion, the school will notify the appropriate professional/regulatory body that you have qualified as an independent/supplementary prescriber.
Graduates from this programme can pursue many opportunities within the field of prescribing.