Non Medical Prescribing PG Cert

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About the course

The Non Medical Prescribing 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. A separate course exists for pharmacists, please go to Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists|

  • Our academic team are all experienced independent and/or supplementary prescribers from primary and secondary care in nursing, midwifery and pharmacy practice; ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice
  • Nurses and midwives will be awarded the NMC recorded qualification (V300 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing) and allied health professionals wi…

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About the course

The Non Medical Prescribing 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. A separate course exists for pharmacists, please go to Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists|

  • Our academic team are all experienced independent and/or supplementary prescribers from primary and secondary care in nursing, midwifery and pharmacy practice; ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice
  • 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 Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Supplementary Prescriber
  • An essential part of your study will be in your current practice setting, under the guidance of a designated medical practitioner, facilitated by a personal tutor

The leading principle within Non-Medical Prescribing 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 multi-disciplinary prescribing team
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Key facts

Duration: Attendance is one day per week over 2 semesters. The Autumn cohort attends on a Thursday all day and the Spring cohort on a Tuesday.

In addition you are expected to undertake 78 hours of observed practice supervised by a medical mentor to achieve the practice competencies for prescribing. There is a programme induction day at the beginning of the programme.

Start date: Programme induction for Autumn cohort will be on - Thursday 26 September 2013, Queens Building 0.15 at 9.00am. Taught sessions commence the following Thursday (3rd October) and continue on Thursdays for semester 1 and 2

Spring DMU based cohort - 28 January 2014 then programme commences 3 February 2014 (Tuesdays)

Entry and admission criteria

  • Effective registration with appropriate professional statutory regulatory body more than 3 years
  • Working in the field to be prescribed in for more than one year in which there is a clinical need
  • Evidence of successful level 6 study in the last 3 years
  • Enhanced CRB within 2 years of programme commencement date
  • Successful completion of a module that includes diagnostic, examination and consultation skills or equivalent e.g. NMAH 3314 or MPHE7107
  • Possess a BSc (Hons) at 2:2 classification or above

The applicant must be able to demonstrate appropriate numeracy skills through a numeracy assessment undertaken by practice lead or at interview (to be further developed within the context of prescribing and assessed on the course).

All applicants must attend for an interview -dates available on website click here to view

The exception to the above is those students who have failed the NMC V300 previously (i.e. failed both the 1st and resit attempts). Students wishing to acquire their NMC V300 may do so by studying for institutional credits only. Such students will enrol when they have successfully completed a minimum of 12 months CPD that was negotiated with the programme leader and supported by their manager. If accepted, the student will enrol on all of the relevant modules in the order to achieve the NMC V300 (i.e. there will be no APA of any previously successful assessment elements).

Entry criteria for those undertaking as a standalone module: 15 credits at level 6 studied within the last 3 years, first degree 2:2 or above, Effective professional registration. No interview required.

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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, pod casts, reflection, student presentations, supervised consultations with service users in practice and clinically focused tutorials.

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 across 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 both 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 and enable them to succeed within the modern workplace.

This will include making maximum use of the 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.

Course modules

You can expect to study four modules to achieve a total of 60 post graduate academic credits and professional recordable prescribing award.

  • 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. Assessment comprises a 2 hour pharmacology exam; a 1 hour numeracy exam, a poster algorithm with critical supporting document (2,000 words).

This runs over 2 semesters for 30 credits and will run in semesters 1 & 2 for the autumn cohort and 2 & X for the spring cohort.

  • 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. Assessment comprises a 3,000 word essay.

This runs over one semester for 15 credits and will run in semester 1 for the autumn cohort and semester 2 for the spring cohort.

  • 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. Assessment comprises a 3,000 word case study.

This runs over one semester for 15 credits and will run in semester 2 for the autumn cohort and semester X for the spring cohort.

  • 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 and are submitted within the practice portfolio.

This runs over 2 semesters for zero credits and will run in semesters 1 & 2 for autumn cohort and 2 & X for the spring cohort.

It is possible to undertake the first three modules as standalone CPD modules ideally suiting those who are already non-medical prescribers. The programme induction days do not apply to those applicants and interviews will not be required. You will not need a medical mentor in this case.

Academic expertise

Our academic team comprises a wide range of nurse prescribers from a variety of practice backgrounds this is further strengthened by our pharmacy lecturers form our school of pharmacy, some of whom are also prescribers.

This provides a wealth of experience and knowledge to support a stimulating and challenging learning experience. We also access visiting speakers for certain specialist expertise from practice settings.

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.

Fees and funding

Those working in the NHS may be eligible for funding from the Education Commission Unit of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority.

Scholarships

As part of the universities commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2013/14.
Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >|

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