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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    see website

  • Course Type

    PgCert

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    19 March 2019

If you are a pharmacist looking for a non-medical prescribing course, please visit our Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists page.

Reasons to study Non-Medical Prescribing at DMU:

  • Nurses and Midwives and Allied Health Professionals will be awarded the NMC HCPC/recorded qualification V300 Independent and/or Supplementary Prescribing
  • Our academic team are all experienced independent and/or supplementary prescribers from primary and secondary care settings in nursing, midwifery and pharmacy; ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice
  • Benefit from innovative teaching styles ensuring that your training meets the continually changing needs of the sector
  • You will also receive dedicated pharmacology lectures delivered by professionals from our Leicester School of Pharmacy

Course modules

You will study four modules to achieve a total of 60 postgraduate academic credits and professional recordable prescribing award.

You only need to apply for the Programme not the individual modules.

The Modules you will study are:

  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Prescribers 
  • (30 credits) - will prepare you to apply the principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics to prescribing practice. Outline content includes pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, adverse drug reactions, numeracy, safe principles of prescribing, Assessment comprises a three-hour pharmacology exam, a one-hour numeracy exam and viva defence of an algorithm and supporting document (2,000 words).
  • 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. Outline content includes legislation and policies related to prescribing. In addition you will consider some of the ethical and professional challenges of Non-Medical prescribing. Assessment comprises a 3,000-word essay.
  • Applied Prescribing in the Clinical Context 
  • (15 credits) - aims to critically evaluate the skills required for safe effective prescribing. Outline content includes appraisal of self and others regarding consultation skills in achieving medicines adherence, external pressures impacting on prescribing and different management options used to treat patients. Assessment comprises a 3,000-word case study.
  • Prescribing in Practice for Nurses and Midwives/Allied Health Professionals 
  • (0 credits) – prepares students to prescribe from the British National Formulary (BNF). Outline content includes application of theory to practice, rationale for prescribing decisions, numeracy skills, writing prescriptions and prescribing in a range of scenarios. All practice experiences and practice outcomes for the whole course are based within this module and are submitted within the practice portfolio.

Teaching and assessment

The teaching and learning approaches in the programme are designed to draw on the students’ current experiences and encourage the application of newly acquired knowledge to practice through shared learning. This includes promoting a high standard of assessment and clinical decision making for safe prescribing by relating research/evidence based theory to practice.

There is an enquiry-based focus to the curriculum, but other student-centred activities include:

  • Case studies
  • Scenarios
  • Small group work
  • Action learning sets
  • Workshops
  • Podcasts
  • Reflection
  • Student presentations

It is through the variety of student-centred activities that all students will develop the skills to critique and synthesise ideas, evaluate and reframe arguments and apply the knowledge to clinical practice. The ability of the student to be able to evaluate the evidence base for prescribing practice is a core theme that runs throughout the programme.

To recognise the importance of the partnership approach between the university and our practice partners to prescribing education, the personal tutor, module tutors and designated medical practitioners (DMP) will work together to provide support and guidance for the student while on placement, and will be involved in the monitoring of the students’ progress, the acquisition of skills and the integration of knowledge into practice.

The use of technology enhanced learning and information technology skills will be taught and developed throughout the programme to enable students to access information to maximise their learning; enabling them to succeed within the modern workplace. This will include making maximum use of our Virtual Learning Environment. An essential part of the teaching and learning associated with the programme will take place in practice settings under the guidance of a DMP and facilitated by their personal tutor.

Students will also be supported by a designated qualified nurse prescriber/lead midwife for education or supplementary prescriber within allied health who will take up the role of preceptor at the end of the programme. This will provide a platform of transition into prescribing practice with the support of an experienced mentor, forged upon a partnership developed during the programme.

Contact hours in a typical week may vary. However, typically you will have up to 6 contact hours of teaching a week and this will break down as:

Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Personal study: 4-6 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs and online activities.

Graduate careers

This advanced specialist recordable qualification for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will be a valuable asset in your professional toolkit. It is designed to prepare advanced and specialist practitioners with the critical thinking skills to influence and develop quality and innovation in prescribing service delivery within the prescribing team, with the aim of promoting greater safety and quality care for your patients.


Visit the Non-Medical Prescribing PG Cert page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

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