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University Award Non-Medical Prescribing (Independent and Supplementary Prescribing by Allied Health Professionals) - Level 7

Course Description

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:

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.

Visit the University Award Non-Medical Prescribing (Independent and Supplementary Prescribing by Allied Health Professionals) - Level 7 page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level. See course description for further admission details.

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