Practice Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing - Level 6

About this module

The Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing will enable nurses and pharmacists to practice and develop as independent prescribers and to meet the standards set by the GPhC, NMC and the Department of Health (DoH).

Learning Beyond Registration

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) is a vital part of developing competent, capable health service practitioners prepared to deliver a dynamic, flexible, quality, client-focused service. If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands then you may be eligible for fee-free access to our LBR modules and/or programmes. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply.

Find out more about LBR at Find out more at www.derby.ac.uk/lbr.

Continuing Professional Development

CPD is a core element of every health and social care professional's development journey. We have CPD modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (levels 6 and 7), which have all been tailored to meet the needs of practitioners and managers working within the health and social care sectors. We have modules to suit nurses, occupational therapists, hand therapists, radiographers, psychotherapists, and those working within complementary therapies.

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Which professions is this module aimed at? All Health Professionals

Start dates are usually: Start dates are usually: September at Derby campus and January at Chesterfield campus

Module level: Level 6

Module credits: 40 credits

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will:

  • Develop your knowledge of the pathophysiology of the condition being treated and recognition of the signs and symptoms of the condition being treated
  • Gain an understanding of the pharmacology, concepts and principles underpinning safe prescribing.
  • Understand the responsibility that the role of Independent Prescriber entails, and use diagnostic aids relevant to conditions for which they will prescribe
  • Demonstrate understanding of the legal, ethical and professional framework for accountability and responsibility in prescribing.
  • Apply knowledge and clinical assessment skills to prescribe safely and cost effectively.
  • Appraise sources of information which inform and influence prescribing practice.
  • Develop a shared approach to decision making, and an effective relationship and communication with patients, carers, other prescribers and members of the healthcare team.
  • Utilise prescribing skills for the benefit of patients, the healthcare team and service provision.

Fees and finance

Studying via LBR

If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands you may be eligible for fee-free access to out LBR modules. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply. Find out more at www.derby.ac.uk/lbr

Self-funded CPD

If you're self-funding, then the team you need to contact depends upon how you wish to study. Some modules are available online whereas others are studied on campus, through distance learning or a mixture of the two.

Where will I study?

You'll study for this course at either our Derby or Chesterfield campus.

Contact details

To find out more about studying this module through the LBR scheme, please contact the LBR team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591992
E: lbr@derby.ac.uk

Or visit www.derby.ac.uk/lbr

For campus, blended or distance learning modules please contact the College of Health and Social care team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591703
E: hsc@derby.ac.uk