Prescribing

Information and links for University of Derby prescribing programmes

Welcome to the prescribing course information page. The resources and links are for prescribing course applicants with additional information around practice supervision.

Prescribing course applicants

Applicants need to meet the professional entry criteria as assessed through a "Pre-admission portfolio" in order to gain admission to the course. Each professional body has different entry criteria which must be evidenced before an offer of a place on the course can be made. 

Professional Pre-admission portfolio (PAP)

The PDF 'Pre-admission portfolio' (below) should be downloaded, fully completed and submitted with your UoD application. Your University application will not be considered until this professional form is received. Please email Prescribing@derby.ac.uk if you are having difficulties completing or uploading this form. 

Information for applicants

A nationally developed toolkit for prescribers which may help with preparation.  

Teaching dates

Chesterfield cohort

Mainly Wednesdays at St Helena (2 Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, SG1 7LL). *Dates with an asterisk are delivered at Derby Kedleston Road Campus.

Lectures (or webinars)

  • September: 08/09/2021*; 09/09/2021*; 15/09/2021*; 16/09/2021*; 22/09/2021; 29/09/2021
  • October: 06/10/2021; 13/10/2021; 20/10/2021
  • November: 03/11/2021; 10/11/2021; 17/11/2021; 24/11/2021
  • December: 01/12/2021; 15/12/2021
  • January: 13/01/2022*

Tutorials or directed study

  • 01/10/2021; 27/10/2021; 12/11/2021; 22/12/2021; 05/01/2022; 19/01/2022; 26/01/2022; 02/02/2022; 09/02/2022

Assessment

  • 29/09/2021; 21/10/2021; 08/12/2021; 13/01/2022*

Derby cohort

Mainly Thursdays at Derby Kedleston Road Campus (Derby, DE22 1GB).

Lectures (or webinars)

  • September: 08/09/2021; 09/09/2021; 15/09/2021; 16/09/2021; 23/09/2021; 30/09/2021
  • October: 07/10/2021; 14/10/2021; 21/10/2021
  • November: 04/11/2021; 11/11/2021; 18/11/2021; 25/11/2021
  • December: 02/12/2021; 16/12/2021
  • January: 13/01/2022

Tutorials or directed study

  • 01/10/2021; 28/10/2021; 12/11/2021; 23/12/2021; 06/01/2022; 20/01/2022; 27/01/2022; 03/02/2022; 10/02/2022

Assessment

  • 30/09/2021; 21/10/2021; 09/12/2021; 13/01/2022

Chesterfield cohort

Mainly Wednesdays at St Helena (2 Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, SG1 7LL). *Dates with an asterisk are delivered at Derby Kedleston Road Campus.

Lectures (or webinars)

  • September: 08/09/2021*; 15/09/2021*; 16/09/2021*; 22/09/2021; 29/09/2021
  • October: 06/10/2021; 13/10/2021; 21/10/2021
  • November: 03/11/2021; 10/11/2021; 17/11/2021; 24/11/2021
  • December: 01/12/2021; 15/12/2021
  • January: 13/01/2022*

Tutorials or directed study

  • 01/10/2021; 27/10/2021; 12/11/2021; 22/12/2021; 05/01/2022; 19/01/2022; 26/01/2022; 02/02/2022; 09/02/2022

Assessment

  • 20/10/2021; 08/12/2021; 23/02/2022

Derby cohort

Mainly Thursdays at Derby Kedleston Road Campus (Derby, DE22 1GB).

Lectures (or webinars)

  • September: 08/09/2021; 15/09/2021; 16/09/2021; 23/09/2021; 30/09/2021
  • October: 07/10/2021; 14/10/2021; 21/10/2021
  • November: 04/11/2021; 11/11/2021; 18/11/2021; 25/11/2021
  • December: 02/12/2021; 16/12/2021
  • January: 13/01/2022

Tutorials or directed study

  • 01/10/2021; 28/10/2021; 12/11/2021; 23/12/2021; 06/01/2022; 20/01/2022; 27/01/2022; 03/02/2022; 10/02/2022

Assessment

  • 21/10/2021; 09/12/2021; 24/02/2022

Chesterfield cohort

Mainly Wednesdays at St Helena Campus (2 Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, SG1 7LL). *Dates with an asterisk are delivered at Derby Kedleston Road Campus.

Lectures (or webinars)

  • January: 12/01/2022* 13/01/2022* 19/01/2022* 20/01/2022* 26/01/2022
  • February: 02/02/2022; 09/02/2022; 16/02/2022
  • March: 02/03/2022; 09/03/2022; 16/03/2022; 23/03/2022; 30/03/2022
  • April: 28/04/2022
  • May: 04/05/2022;19/05/2022

Tutorials or directed study

  • 04/02/2022; 23/02/2022; 18/03/2022; 11/05/2022; 25/05/2022; 01/06/2022; 08/06/2022; 15/06/2022; 22/06/2022

Assessment

  • 02/02/2022; 02/03/2022; 06/04/2022; 19/05/2022*

Derby cohort

Mainly Thursdays at Derby Kedleston Road Campus (Derby, DE22 1GB).

Lectures (or webinars)

  • January: 12/01/2022; 13/01/2022; 19/01/2022; 20/01/2022; 27/01/2022
  • February: 03/02/2022; 10/02/2022; 17/02/2022
  • March: 03/02/2022; 10/02/2022; 17/02/2022; 24/03/2022; 31/03/2022
  • April: 29/04/2022
  • May: 05/05/2022;19/05/2022

Tutorials or directed study

  • 04/02/2022; 24/02/2022; 18/03/2022; 12/05/2022; 26/05/2022; 02/06/2022; 09/06/2022; 16/06/2022; 23/06/2022

Assessment

  • 03/02/2022; 03/03/2022; 07/04/2022; 19/05/2022* 

Chesterfield cohort

Mainly Wednesdays at St Helena (2 Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, SG1 7LL). *Dates with an asterisk are delivered at Derby Kedleston Road Campus.

Lectures (or webinars)

  • January: 12/01/2022* 19/01/2022* 20/01/2022* 26/01/2022
  • February: 02/02/2022; 09/02/2022; 16/02/2022
  • March: 02/03/2022; 09/03/2022; 16/03/2022; 23/03/2022; 30/03/2022
  • April: 28/04/2022
  • May: 04/05/2022;19/05/2022

Tutorials or directed study

  • 04/02/2022; 23/02/2022; 18/03/2022; 11/05/2022; 25/05/2022; 01/06/2022; 08/06/2022; 15/06/2022; 22/06/2022

Assessment

  • 02/03/2022; 06/04/2022; 29/06/2022

Derby cohort

Mainly Thursdays at Derby Kedleston Road Campus (Derby, DE22 1GB).

Lectures (or webinars)

  • January: 12/01/2022; 13/01/2022; 19/01/2022; 20/01/2022; 27/01/2022
  • February: 03/02/2022; 10/02/2022; 17/02/2022
  • March: 03/02/2022; 10/02/2022; 17/02/2022; 24/03/2022; 31/03/2022
  • April: 29/04/2022
  • May: 05/05/2022;19/05/2022

Tutorials or directed study

  • 04/02/2022; 24/02/2022; 18/03/2022; 12/05/2022; 26/05/2022; 02/06/2022; 09/06/2022; 16/06/2022; 23/06/2022

Assessment

  • 03/03/2022; 07/04/2022; 30/06/2022

Pre-admission website

We offer access to a website for information, study resources, and the calculations test as part of the application process. Nurses and AHPs need to self-enrol on the pre-admission 'Blackboard course' to complete the calculations test. Pharmacists may also find some of the content useful.

Pre-admission course website: Prescribing@UoD pre-admission course self-enrolment

Please remember to also complete the application to the University!

Entry requirements and the direct university application can be found for each of the professions on the main university course pages:

Practice assessment

As part of the professional entry criteria, you must identify a suitably qualified prescribing practitioner for your 90 hours of supervised practice. The role could previously only be fulfilled by a "Designated Medical Practitioner" (DMP) but changes to standards have widened this to Non-medical Prescribers. The next section is aimed at DMPs or Designated Prescribing Practitioners (GPhC); Practice Assessors and Practice Supervisors (NMC) or Practice Educators (HCPC). Applicants should share this page with their prospective practice assessors. 

Prescribing practice supervision

Practice supervision for prescribing students is an important and mandatory professional requirement. Teaching others can be seen as beneficial to professional and personal growth. Doctors (Designated Medical Practitioners) or non-medical prescribers (Practice Assessors, Educators or Designated Prescribing Practitioners) are invited to use these pages for:

Prescribing supervision requirements

Designated Medical Practitioners

If you have previously supported a non-medical prescribing student, or are noted on the GMC register as a 'Trainer', the update requirement is one of the following:

  1. Attend a live webinar update (approx. 1 hour)

Or

  1. Access the introductory video for DMPs (approx. 5 minutes) and
  2. Access the video about Practice Assessment for the type of student you will be supporting (eg. Nurse, Pharmacist, or Allied Health Professional)
  3. Complete the quiz to show you have done this

If you have no previous supervision experience of students undertaking the prescribing course and are not on the GMC register as a 'Trainer', you will need to:

  1. Identify your education / mentoring experience on the students' application
  2. Attend the 1-hour live update (webinar); or by accessing the videos
  3. Complete the quiz to show you have done this
  4. Consider enrolling onto the prescribing practice supervision course

Prescribing practice supervision course self-enrolment

Non-Medical Prescribers

NMP Practice Assessors (NMC), Practice Educators (HCPC) or Designated Prescribing Practitioners (DPPs): If you have previously undertaken a 'DPP' course and have acted as a DPP / PA / PE, you will need to:

  1. Show evidence of this on the students' application and via interview by the academic tutor
  2. Depending on evidence, you may need to undertake the mapping document
  3. Attend the 1-hour NMP course update

Or, if you have evidence of completing the DPP course and have recently signed off an NMP student:

  1. Attend the 1-hour update OR access the video resources instead of the live webinar
  2. Complete the quiz to show you have done this

All practitioners involved in practice supervision need to be up to date in relation to the RPS (2016) prescribing competency framework for all prescribers, and be clinically active. If you have undertaken the DPP / Prescribing practice supervision course elsewhere, may wish to enrol on the UoD 'Prescribing Practice Supervision' course:

Link to: Prescribing practice supervision course self-enrolment

NMP Practice Assessors (NMC), Practice Educators (HCPC) or Designated Prescribing Practitioners (DPPs) who have experience of practice assessment / supervision but not for prescribing students; you will need to:

  • Evidence your clinical role / experience on the student's application
  • Be up to date with the RPS (2016) competency framework for all prescribers
  • Complete the mapping tool for DPPs
  • Enrol on the 'Prescribing Practice Supervision' course
    • Submit your completed mapping document on the course site
    • If completed satisfactorily, it will achieve a pass grade
  • Attend the 1 hour NMP course update session by live webinar
  • Access the videos on practice assessment, or attend the live webinar that takes pace after each of the 1-hour updates

All practitioners involved in practice supervision need to be up to date in relation to the RPS (2016) prescribing competency framework for all prescribers, and be clinically active. For NMPs who need to complete the 'Prescribing Practice Supervision' course, please use this link to self-enrol:

Link to: Prescribing practice supervision course self-enrolment

Practitioners with the non-medical prescribing qualification who have less than 3 years experience as a prescriber, or little or no experience of teaching or supervising practice are advised to:

  1. Gain further prescribing experience
  2. Explore ways of gaining experience of practice based supervision and assessment 
  3. Consider undertaking a credited module

All practitioners involved in practice supervision need to be up to date in relation to the RPS (2016) prescribing competency framework for all prescribers, have at least 3 years' clinical experience as a prescriber and be clinically active. Undertaking an education module may help as part of most modules include gaining teaching experience. Please see below for further information. 

Link to module information for 'Interprofessional Practice Education

Unique to Nurses undertaking NMP, the Nursing and midwifery Council (NMC) requires students to identify both a "Practice Assessor" and Practice Supervisor".

While NMP Practice Assessors must complete the full DPP mapping document and undertake the online course, Practice Supervisors can undertake a smaller 'Practice Supervisor' mapping document. They are still encouraged to enrol on the prescribing practice supervision course as this will make it easier to complete the mapping document / workbook. Toe be noted as a Practice Supervisor, you need to:

  • Evidence your clinical role / experience on the student's application
  • Be up to date with the RPS (2016) competency framework for all prescribers
  • Complete the mapping tool forPractice Supervisors
  • Enrol on the 'Prescribing Practice Supervision' course
    • Submit your completed mapping document on the course site
    • If completed satisfactorily, it will achieve a pass grade
  • Attend the 1 hour NMP course update session by live webinar or access the videos on practice assessment, and optionally attend the live webinar sessions that take place after each of the 1-hour updates

Please note: if you have already done the 'transistion to SSSA' (e.g. you are on your local register as a Practice Supervisor or Assessor for other students), you only need to complete the sections of the mapping document linked to prescribing and note you have undertaken the SSSA training. 

For NMPs who need to complete the 'Prescribing Practice Supervision' course, please use this link to self-enrol:

Link to: Prescribing practice supervision course self-enrolment

All practitioners involved in practice supervision need to attend an update with respect to the NMP course, although if you have had a recent student, this may not be necessary (see earlier notes for specifics). These webinars are offered throughout the year and need to be booked so the applicant's professional form can be approved.

The resources page contains course documents and information about practice assessment. It also contains video recordings for DMPs or experienced NMP supervisors who are unable to attend a live webinar.

For information or queries, please contact us at prescribing@derby.ac.uk.