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B74AP8 Non-medical Prescribing
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  14/15

Total Credits: 45

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Nurses, midwives & health visitors on parts 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 of the Nursing & Midwifery Council Professional Register. Pharmacists with current Royal Pharmaceutical Society Great Britain or Pharmaceutical Society Northern Ireland registration. Allied Health professionals registered with the Health Professions Council in one of the relevant Allied Health Professions.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: All students accessing this module will be required to meet the entry requirements identified by the relevant professional board.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  The content of this module will centre upon the eight areas of prescribing practice outlined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and the Department of Health on behalf of Allied Health Professions and will include:

  • Consultation and decision making.
  • The psychology of prescribing and influencing factors
  • Prescribing in a team context
  • General principles and application of pharmacology and therapeutics.
  • Principles and methods of patient monitoring
  • Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to extended (nurses) and supplementary prescribing
  • Legal, policy professional and ethical aspects
  • Prescribing in the public health context.

    The module incorporates the following professional awards:
    (The title of the professional award is dictated by the awarding professional body)
    Nurses: independent and supplementary prescribing V300
    Allied Health Professionals: the Practice certificate in Supplementary Prescribing
    Pharmacists: Practice certificate in Supplementary Prescribing

    Method and Frequency of Class:
    Specific Activities are not listed
    Further Activity Details:
    Further Activity Detail: 156 taught hours (see summary of content), plus 72 hours practice learning.

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 10 1 hour paper to assess core pharmacology knowledge. 
    Coursework 1 20 One 2,500 word piece of critical reflection or critical incident analysis 
    Practical 20 OSCE Students must successfully complete four 6 minute stations (stages). 
    Exam 2 10 1 hour paper, short answer question to identify and evaluate legal and ethical aspects of prescribing. 
    Presentation 1 20 Poster presentation. 
    Oral Exam 20 Assessment of Practice Competence. 

    Dr D Bowskill

    Education Aims:  (i) To prepare:
    Nurses, Midwives and Health visitors for independent and supplementary prescribing;
    Pharmacists, Allied Health Professionals for supplementary prescribing.

    (ii) To prepare the above practitioners so that they demonstrate safe, appropriate and cost effective prescribing for individuals and caseloads or groups of patients taking a public health approach.

    Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and understanding Students will: A1 have an understanding of the anatomy, physiology, pharmacology which can be applied to individuals and groups of patients A2 display analysis and application of professional autonomy and accountability in law and evidence, in relation to own and others assessment, clinical-decision making, diagnosis prescribing and on-going management. A3 exhibit in-depth synthesis of legal, professional and ethical issues in the context of individual and organisational management of advanced practice (including prescribing) B Intellectual skills Students will demonstrate: B1 an ability to identify and analyse relevant sources of information to meet standards of prescribing. B2 in-depth synthesis of legal, professional and practice issues with plans for continuing professional development C Professional/practical skills Students will demonstrate: C1 an ability to assess, generate treatment options, make clinical-decisions, prescribe and ensure appropriate follow-up for individuals and groups of patients in a safe, cost effective and timely manner C2 an ability to consult and work within a multidisciplinary team in an ethical and respectful way C3 an ability to challenge views of others where there may be a cause to concern C4 an ability to audit and justify own and others practice D Transferable/key skills Students will: D1 be able to do critical incident analysis and reporting D2 be able to manage work in a safe, cost-effective manner, to facilitate optimum outcomes in a rapidly changing organisation D3 be able to develop, document and evaluate individual and organisational plans D4 develop an educating role when supervising the prescribing, supply and administration of medicines by others D5 Students will develop partnerships to support individual and local prescribing activity.

    Offering School:  Health Sciences

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