The goal of non-medical prescribing is to enable swifter and speedier access to medicines for patients/clients and carers, an activity requiring health professionals to expand their skills and knowledge in developing their role proficiently and effectively and in line with their professional code of conduct/ethics.
The course meets the requirements and standards of both the NMC and HCPC and prepares students to prescribe safely and competently as an independent prescriber or supplementary prescriber to meet the needs of clients/patients and carers with whom they work.
Supplementary prescribing is a voluntary partnership between a registered medical practitioner (a doctor or dentist) and a named health professional to implement an agreed patient-specific written Clinical Management Plan (CMP) with the patient’s agreement.
Independent prescribing is prescribing by a practitioner responsible and accountable for the assessment of patients with undiagnosed or diagnosed conditions and for decisions about the clinical management required, including prescribing.
Students are required to reflect systematically on their learning using a reflective learning journal to evaluate and apply knowledge and skills to achieve the assessments of the programme. Key aspects of the course are the practice assessment and standards of proficiency documentation, the personal development plan, reflective learning journal and pharmacology presentation.
Students are able to choose either Degree Level 6 or Postgraduate Diploma Level 7 studies dependent upon evidence of previous study and career aspirations.
For those students who are undertaking the course to enhance their clinical role, the Level 6 Non-medical Prescribing for Health Care Professionals course will be sufficient. However, students who already have a first degree and wish to progress with their study may wish to apply for and undertake the Principles of Prescribing for Health Care Professionals Level 7.
The Prescribing courses are available to practitioners working in both the NHS and Independent sector. You must meet NMC or HCPC entry criteria; in addition, you must meet your specific employer's entry requirement as well as the University academic entry criteria for your chosen level of study.
You must have three years post-registration experience, with the last 12 months being in the area you intend to prescribe within. Please see entry requirements section for more information.
We have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.
Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) rating
The credit accumulation and transfer scheme is a system in which you can accumulate the credits and build them towards recognised awards, if you so wish. On successful completion of this course the University will award 30 CAT points
The Principles of Prescribing for HealthCare Professionals course consists of three pathways:
- Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives (Level 7)
- Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals (Level 7).
- Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals* (Level 7)
*subject to approval by the HCPC.
The modules are delivered together and students enrol on the module that is relevant to their profession and clinical background.
The courses meet the requirements and standards of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Health and Care Professions Council. Upon successful completion the University will award 30 credits at Level 7.
Successful completion of the course enable students to undertake the dynamic role of either an independent and supplementary or supplementary prescriber to meet the needs of clients/patients and carers with whom they work.
Nurses and midwives will be able to apply to record the qualification of Independent and Supplementary Prescribing with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Allied Health Professionals will be able apply to have their qualification of either Independent and Supplementary Prescribing or Supplementary Prescribing, dependent upon pathway undertaken, annotated onto the Health and Care Professions Council register.
All registrants must record their prescribing qualification with their professional bodies within 12 months of successfully completing the approved programme.
Note: Prior to your results being uploaded to the NMC or HCPC you will be required to sign a self-declaration stating that there have been no changes to DBS (CRB) status since enrolment onto the programme.
The Course consists of a double module at Level 6 (30 credits). Students undertaking the fast track course attend University two days a week over a period of 4 months. Students who undertake the part-time course will attend University one day a week over a period of 7 months.
- Part-time = 38 days over 7 months includes 12 days educationally led practice
- Fast track* = 38 days over 4 months includes 12 days educationally led practice
*The fast track delivery is subject to sufficient student demand
The assessment strategy comprises:
1. Invigilated examination consisting of:
- Part A - Short answer and multiple-choice questions (pass mark 80 per cent)
- Part B - Drug calculation scenarios and multiple-choice questions (pass mark 100 per cent)
2. Observed Structured Clinical Examination
3. Completion of educationally-led education practice which includes:
- The successful achievement of 22 Standards of Proficiency
- Completion of a Journal of Reflection
- Completion of 12 days (78 hours equivalent) educationally led practice
4. Presentation focused on the pharmacology and physiology of a drug or group of drugs the student will potentially prescribe.
In addition allied health professionals will identify and develop a personal prescribing formulary.
The safety of patients/clients is paramount and the entry requirements focus on protection of patients/clients including:
- The legal requirement to be registered to practice as a non-medical prescriber
- The service need to protect patients
- Demonstrating and maintaining proficiency and competence in a clinical specialty adhering to codes of conduct/ethics in a clinical area of prescribing
- Responsibility of services to identify:
- Where this development needs to occur
- hose potential prescribers are in roles, which require such development
When an applicant works within an NHS Trust, they cannot apply to undertake the course without being put forward by their Trust. You must, therefore, discuss your interest in undertaking the course with your line manager and Trust Non-medical Prescribing Lead.
Health Care Professionals working within a private setting may apply to undertake the programme. The application process and entry requirements are the same.
All applicants prior to gaining entry to the course must complete a University application form and demonstrate documented evidence that you have the ability to study at academic Level 7 (Postgraduate level). The evidence may be through HEI credits awarded or a portfolio.
There is no opportunity for students to APEL the final assessment. However V150 student prescribers may negotiate out of teaching and learning time in University by providing evidence of previous learning and experience in prescribing to the course director.
You must also complete a course specific application form (Regional Non-medical Prescribing Group form) which must be signed by your manager verifying that you meet the following entry criteria:
- You have reliable numerical ability to undertake the course
- You have appropriate background knowledge and experience to enter the programme
- You have been assessed competent by your employer in clinical assessment and diagnosis skills. Achieved either through internal assessment of competence or completion of an appropriate health/clinical assessment course.
- You have agreement from your manager in the organisation that you are able to prescribe in practice upon completion of the programme.
- You are agreeing to attend and complete the course
- You have a satisfactory Occupational Health Report
- You have a satisfactory DBS (formerly CRB) check within last three years for nurses and midwives and three months for Allied Health professionals (without this there may be delay in enrolling upon the course and commencement of educationally led practice).
- You have signed agreement from an appropriate doctor who has agreed to be your Designated Medical Supervisor (DMS). The DMS must have experience in a relevant field of practice, training and experience of support, supervision and assessment of trainees and be able to provide these skills for you during the educationally led practice part of the course.
The form also requires signatures from your Trust non-medical prescribing lead and DMS.
You will need to complete both of the following:
- A course-specific form available from your Trust non-medical prescribing lead or course directors for those applicants who are independent practitioners
- A University application form - please visit our Applying to a CPD Course pages
Please ensure you indicate on your application form that you wish to undertake the Level 7 programme.
Course Leader - Katharine Hardware
Tel: 0121 331 6068