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 programme prepares students to undertake the dynamic role of a prescriber to meet the needs of clients/patients and carers with whom they work. It is seen as the vehicle by which professional knowledge, skills, analysis and theoretical frameworks of prescribing can be examined and synthesized.
Students will attend University for the equivalent of ten days over a period of three months. In addition to this students will complete ten days of Educationally Led Practice.
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. The Programme consists of a single module at Level 6 (15 credits).
We have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.
This module could count towards a Top-Up Degree
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 programme are the practice assessment and standards of proficiency documentation, the personal development plan and the prescribing workbook.
- Upon successful completion of the module students will be able to apply to record their qualification of a V150 Prescriber with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
- All registrants must record their prescribing qualification with the NMC within twelve months of successfully completing the approved programme.
NB. Prior to your results being uploaded to the NMC you will be required to sign a self declaration stating that there have been no changes since enrolment onto the programme.
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
- a) Where this development needs to occur
- b) Those potential prescribers are in roles, which require such development
All applicants prior to gaining entry to the programme must complete a University application form and demonstrate documented evidence that you have the ability to study at minimum academic level 6 (Degree). The evidence may be through HEI credits awarded or a portfolio
You must also complete a programme specific application form, which must be signed by your manager verifying that you meet the following entry criteria:
- You have reliable numerical ability to undertake the programme
- You have appropriate background knowledge and experience to enter the programme
- 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 programme
- You have a satisfactory Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check ( within last three years)
- You have signed agreement from an appropriate mentor who must be a practicing prescriber, hold a mentor qualification, has the knowledge to provide support to students in their field of practice and has the support of the employing organisation or GP practice to act as a mentor who will provide supervision and support in developing proficiency in prescribing.
You must also provide evidence of meeting the Nursing and Midwifery Councils criteria for eligibility to undertake the V150 programme.
- You must be a registered level 1 nurse NB registered level two nurses (RN2) are not eligible to undertake the prescribing training
- You intend to practise in an area of clinical need for which prescribing from the Community Practitioner Formulary will improve patient/client care and service delivery.
- You must have practiced for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by your employer in the area you intend to practice to undertake the programme. This would normally be a minimum of two years
In addition, you will need to have written confirmation from:
- Your employer of their support for you to undertake the preparation programme
- The programme lead about your selection onto the preparation of prescribers education programme. This should also be given to you and your employer.
- A mentor who is a practising nurse prescriber who has agreed to provide supervision for the duration of the programme.
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.
Online application and enrolment process
- Complete an online application form via the link. The form requires you to submit a completed authorised funding form which must be uploaded with the application. Alternatively, you can download a hard copy application form.
- When your submitted application form has been processed and approved, details of the module and enrolment details will be sent to the email address stated on your application form.
- You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
- Without proof of funding, you will not be able to complete your enrolment/receive online pre-enrolment email. The funding form must be received within four weeks of the enrolment date; otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course.
Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.
Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.
Method of payment
The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:
You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.
Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.
Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.
To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form, and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.
Select ‘Sponsored (eg employer, NHS Trust, charity)’ when making your application’.
The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.
To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.
Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making your application.