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 you to:
- 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
On successful completion you will meet the Standards of Proficiency for Nurse and Midwife Prescribers (NMC, 2006) 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 (including consideration the differences between children and adults).
- Apply key pharmacological principles and apply masterful knowledge of drug actions to prescribing practice.
- Appraise key professional, ethical and legislative issues while critically reflecting on roles, relationships, communication, team working and influences on prescribing practice.
In addressing these learning outcomes you will:
- Assess and consult with patient/clients, clients, parents and carers.
- Undertake a thorough history, including medication history and current medication (including over-the-counter, alternative and complementary health therapies) to inform diagnosis.
- Understand and apply the relevant legislation to the practice of nurse/midwife prescribing.
- Critically appraise sources of information / advice and decision support systems in prescribing practice.
- Understand the influences that can affect prescribing practice, and demonstrate your understanding by managing your prescribing practice in an ethical way.
- Understand and apply knowledge of drug actions in prescribing practice.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and relationships of others involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medicines.
- Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively.
- Practice within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility.
- Demonstrate the ability to take an appropriate history, undertake clinical assessment and make an appropriate diagnosis, having considered the legal, cognitive, emotional and physical differences between children and adults. You will be able to consider ‘the unique implications and developmental context of the anatomical and physiological differences between neonates, children and young people (NMC standards 2006).
- Develop a clinical management plan within legislative requirements.
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.
- Hold a current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
- Be professionally practicing in a post relevant for independent and supplementary prescribing
- Have a minimum of at least 3-years relevant post registration experience
- Be working in the area for which you intend to prescribe to for at least one year before applying for this course
- 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.
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