Therapeutics and Prescribing Practice - Level 7 - 7NU523

About this module

There is a growing need for non-medical prescribers in both primary and secondary care to reflect and evaluate upon their prescribing practice.

Professional bodies to which non-medical prescribers are responsible have expectations with regard to maintaining competency and validation in practice.

To underpin the non-medical prescriber’s practice it is important that they maintain a sound knowledge base in contemporary pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and therapeutics in order to contribute successfully to care in an interprofessional prescribing environment.

Offered in Blended Learning mode, this module will provide the non-medical prescriber with a sound basis for developing their current specialist prescribing practice to a more advanced level.

Learning Content

Practical and professional issues in non-medical prescribing practice

  • Prescribing responsibility and evaluation
  • Prescribing responsibly;

Diagnostic Reasoning

  • Modes of consultation and health history taking
  • The use and interpretation of investigations to inform drug choice;

Advanced Pharmacokinetics

  • Four processes in greater detail (Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, and Elimination)
  • Drug adverse effects and interactions (Patient safety)
  • Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
  • Drug handling in paediatrics and geriatrics;

Advanced Pharmacodynamics

  • Four targets for drug action (receptors, ion channels, enzymes, carrier molecules)
  • Novel targets for drug action (“Biologics” - drugs which manipulate the immune response)

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.

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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? Nursing and Paramedic, Pharmacists

Course code: Module code: 7NU523

Start dates are usually: Start dates are usually: April in Chesterfield. For distance learning, please contact us for the start date.  

Module level: Level 7

Module credits: 20 credits

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the practical and professional issues relating to your non-medical prescribing practice, and evaluate and synthesise potential for practice development in your specialist area;
  2. Examine and critically discuss aspects of consultation, diagnostic reasoning, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics relevant to the use of specialised medication in your patient care. Analyse how therapeutics impact on patient care through the exploration of specific clinical condition(s) in your practice.

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

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 this course via distance learning or at our Chesterfield campus

Contact details

College of Health and Social Care
T: +44 (0)1332 591703

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T: +44 (0)1332 591992

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

T: +44 (0)1332 591703

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