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 independent 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 completion of this course you will meet the GPhC (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 GPhC (2014), you will be able to:
- Understand the responsibility that the role of independent prescriber entails, be aware of their own limitations and work within the limits of their own professional competence – knowing when and how to refer / consult / seek guidance from another member of the health care team.
- Develop an effective relationship and communication with patients, carers, other prescribers and members of the health care team.
- Describe the pathophysiology of the condition being treated and recognise the signs and symptoms of illness take an accurate history and carry out a relevant clinical assessment where necessary.
- Use common diagnostic aids e.g. stethoscope, sphygmomanometer.
- Able to use diagnostic aids relevant to the condition(s) for which the pharmacist intends to prescribe, including monitoring response to therapy.
- Apply clinical assessment skills to:
- Inform a working diagnosis
- Formulate a treatment plan
- The prescribing of one or more medications if appropriate
- Carry out a checking process to ensure patient safety
- Monitor response to therapy, review the working / differential diagnosis and modify
- Treatment or refer / consult / seek guidance as appropriate
- Demonstrate a shared approach to decision making by assessing patients’ needs for Medicines, taking account of their wishes and values and those of their carers when making prescribing decisions.
- Identify and access sources of information, advice and decision support and demonstrate how they will use them in patient care taking into account evidence based practice and national / local guidelines where they exist.
- Recognise evaluate and respond to influences on prescribing practice at individual, local and national levels.
- Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively.
- Work within a prescribing partnership.
- Maintain accurate, effective and timely records and ensure that other prescribers and health care staff are appropriately informed
- Demonstrate an understanding of the public health issues related to medicines use.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the legal, ethical and professional framework for accountability and responsibility in relation to prescribing.
- Work within clinical governance frameworks that include audit of prescribing practice and personal development.
- Participate regularly in CPD and maintain a record of their CPD activity.
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 Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain or with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland
- Be professionally practicing in an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to regularly use supplementary prescribing
- Have at least 2-years post-registration 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.
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