About this module
Non-medical prescribing is an innovative and flexible professional programme which enables nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and podiatrists to:
- gain the skills and knowledge to practice and develop as a non-medical prescriber
- apply learned theory to practice and improve career prospects
- facilitate inter-professional learning that reflects innovation and responsiveness to government legislation
- engage you as a professional in the field both in practice and in the university setting
- study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, on a course that meets your professional needs
- gain a recordable qualification with the relevant professional body, depending on your role and area of expertise.
Successful completion of this module enables physiotherapists to:
- Practice and develop as independent and supplementary prescribers meeting the standards set by the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).
- Appreciate the standards and guidance for non-medical prescribers as laid down by the relevant professional bodies and to be exposed to a multi/inter-professional learning environment in which to develop a greater understanding of each health professional's role in achieving improved patient care.
- Foster the ethos, of the need to continually professionally develop, as supported by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s “Prescribing competency framework” (RPS, 2016)
- Jill Gould: Programme Leader and community prescriber
- Tony Daly: Module Leader, Admissions Tutor and Independent Prescriber
- Rachel Lewis: Senior Lecturer, Pharmacist and Independent Prescriber
- Julie Reynolds: Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for MSc Advanced Practice
- Gerri Mortimore: Senior Lecturer, Independent Prescriber and Advanced Nurse Practitioner
- Sharan Watson: Lecturer, Independent Prescriber and Advanced Nurse Practitioner
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On successful completion of the module, you will meet the HCPC (2014) Standards and be able to:
- Appraise sources of information and apply decision support systems to inform assessment and consultation with clients, history taking, diagnosing, treatment planning, monitoring, and safe, appropriate and cost-effective prescribing.
- Apply key pharmacological principles and apply knowledge of drug actions to prescribing practice.
- Appraise key professional, ethical and legislative issues while critically reflecting on roles, relationships, communication, team working, continuing professional development and influences on prescribing practice.
As per the HCPC (2014) you will be able to:
- understand pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacology and therapeutics relevant to prescribing practice
- understand the legal context relevant to supplementary and independent prescribing, including controlled drugs, mixing of medicines, off-label prescribing of medicines and the prescribing of unlicensed medicines
- understand the differences between prescribing mechanisms and supply / administration of medicines
- distinguish between independent and supplementary prescribing mechanisms and how those different mechanisms affect prescribing decisions
- make a prescribing decision based on a relevant physical examination, assessment and history taking
- undertake a thorough, sensitive and detailed patient history, including an appropriate medication history
- communicate information about medicines and prescriptions clearly with service users and others involved in their care
- monitor response to medicines and modify or cease treatment as appropriate within professional scope of practice
- undertake medicine calculations accurately
- identify adverse medicine reactions, interactions with other medicines and diseases and take appropriate action
- recognise different types of medication error and respond appropriately
- understand antimicrobial resistance and the roles of infection prevention and control
- develop and document a Clinical Management Plan to support supplementary prescribing
- understand the process of clinical decision-making and prescribing decisions both as an autonomous independent prescriber and as a supplementary prescriber operating within a Clinical Management Plan
- understand the relationship between independent and supplementary prescribers when using a Clinical Management Plan
- practise as a supplementary prescriber within an agreed Clinical Management Plan
- understand the legal framework that applies to the safe and effective use of Clinical Management Plans
- practise autonomously as an independent prescriber understand the legal framework of independent prescribing as it applies to their profession
To undertake this module you must:
- Have a professional qualification (Diploma, Degree or equivalent)
- Demonstrate the ability to study at academic level 6 or 7
- Be able to demonstrate approval and support from your employer / sponsor, including confirmation that you’ll have appropriate supervised practice in the clinical area in which you are expected to practice
- Have an approved medical practitioner, normally recognised by the employing / Health Service commissioning organisation as having experience in a relevant field of practice and training and experience in the supervision support and assessment of trainees
- Have appropriate background knowledge and experience.
- Be registered with the Health Professions Council in one of the relevant allied health professions
- Be professionally practicing in an environment where there is an identified need for you to regularly use supplementary prescribing
- Normally have at least 3-years relevant post-qualification experience
- Have an approved medical practitioner, normally recognised by the employing / Health Service commissioning organisation as having experience in a relevant field of practice and training and experience in the supervision support and assessment of trainees.
Please complete the NMP Professional Application form 2018-19.pdf to submit along with your online application.
If this is an LBR (Learning Beyond Registration) course, and you are eligible for LBR funding, the cost is funded by HEEM (Health Education East Midlands) - check the list of LBR courses.
If you are funding your own study, the full cost of this module is £1,400.
To apply for this course please fill in the NMP Professional Application form.