Non-Medical Prescribing with Enhanced Clinical Skills
School - School of Health and Society
Start Date(s): February
One year part-time. Module 1 starts in February, module 2 starts in September.
Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module
- 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
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.
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 1Developing 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.
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.