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Non-Medical Prescribing with Enhanced Clinical Skills

PgCert

School - School of Health and Society

Start Date(s): February

Duration:

One year part-time. Module 1 starts in February, module 2 starts in September.

Fees:

Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

In Brief:

  • This course is taught by a multi-professional team of independent prescribers and clinical experts
  • Create and implement new approaches to care delivering that meets the needs of your client group
  • You will have increased access to career development opportunities through the development of enhanced clinical skills supporting prescribing practice
  • A part-time only course

Course Summary

This course offers registered nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals (physiotherapists, podiatrists, paramedics and therapeutic radiographers) an opportunity to enhance their clinical skills and practice and become an independent non-medical prescriber. This increases your potential to access career opportunities and improves the service user/patient and carer experience by offering a timely and responsive access route to treatment.

Course Details

This is a part-time course with two 30 credit modules starting in February and September. The delivery is a blended learning approach including taught blocks and online study - for both, there is a requirement for learning to take place within your own area of clinical practice.

Module 1  

Developing Clinical Skills (30 credits)

This 30 credit module is practice and practitioner led, centred around levels of responsibility and your understanding and ability to practice competently.  Another important focus is the process of developing you as a practitioner and not merely skill acquisition.      

The concept of a practitioner is an individual who can lead a service and make decisions about when and why to enhance practice. Work-based learning is a central theme and you will be called upon to seek out appropriate practice based supervisors.  These supervisors will be fundamental to        the decision making process of how and what the skill acquisition will entail and how the stated goals will be achieved.      

During this module you will explore:      

  • Advancing practitioner roles        
  • Planning, implementing and evaluating patient care        
  • Legal and ethical principles        
  • Strategies for knowledge and skill acquisition        
  • Local health issues        

This module will build on your current skills and knowledge in order to create and implement new approaches to care delivering that meets the needs of your client group.      

Module 2    

Non-medical Prescibing (30 credits)

This is a 30 credit module at level 7 which aims to prepare nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and pharmacists to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively either as a supplementary and/or independent prescriber. You will develop as a holistically focused practitioner able to critically evaluate and challenge prescribing practice with reference to evidence based practice, equality and diversity and clinical governance.

During this module you will explore:    

  • Consultation, decision-making and therapy, including referral      
  • Influences on, and psychology of, prescribing      
  • Prescribing in a team context      
  • Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co-morbidity      
  • Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to non medical prescribing      
  • Principles and methods of monitoring response to therapy      
  • Legal, policy and ethical aspects      
  • Professional standards, accountability and responsibility      
  • Prescribing in the public health context      
  • Portfolio development      

This module is validated by the NMC, GPhC and HCPC and upon successful completion you will be able to add an annotation to your professional registration as an independent prescriber.

Entry Requirements

  • Professional degree in nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, paramedical science, etc
  • Current professional registration with GPhC, NMC or HCPC
  • Applicants must have the equivalent of grade C or above, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English.

Identification of a DMP (Designated Medical Practitioner) - this must be a doctor who meets the criteria to supervise a trainee NMP and has agreed to undertake the role.

You will also need for the clinical skills:

  • Line managers support for work-based supervision and assessment of clinical skills agreed through a tripartite learning agreement
  • A practice-based supervisor and assessor to facilitate the development of clinical skills

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

This course is aimed at registered health care professionals including nurses, midwives, podiatrists, physiotherapists, pharmacists and advanced paramedics

Applicant profile

Nurses and Allied Health Professionals applying to this module should have three years' post-registration experience. Pharmacists require two years' post-registration experience.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module

Additional Costs

On completion there is a fee for annotation of your independent prescribing qualification to your professional registration. Please check with your professional body regarding cost

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence.

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section.

Teaching

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practice. Seminars are also used to enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.

Both modules involve both university taught sessions and practice based learning. Attendance requirements can vary due to this combination and the use of a blended learning approach. To provide an illustration you will typically have around 7 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:

Lectures, seminars and practical skills sessions.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through directed and self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the learning zone, and our computer learning zones. For NMP you will also have access to an e learning interactive website.

Assessment

Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, portfolios, presentations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends upon the requirements for each module. These are indicated in further detail below. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:

Clinical skills

  • Academic portfolio 50%
  • Clinical skills portfolio/Log of skill activity 50%

Non Medical Prescribing

Theory assessment 50%:

  • Numeracy assessment
  • Short answer

Practice assessment 50%:

  • Objective structured clinical examination
  • Assessment of clinical prescribing practice
  • Portfolio demonstrating the application of theory to practice through the use of a theoretical reflective account

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in (practice assessment) and 15 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).

*You must achieve a pass mark of 50 and above in the clinical skills module as a prerequisite, before progression to the Non medical prescribing module.

Employability

We work with over 100 health and social care organisations so our links with industry are very strong. The successful completion of this programme enhances career opportunities for prescribing practice within all care sectors as it responds to an increased need for workforce development within the NHS.

Career Prospects

Examples of job opportunities are increased employability within GP primary care for pharmacists and the substance misuse area of practice.

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