Senior Lecturer - Primary Healthcare
Non-Medical Prescribing ProgrammeDiscover
This 40-credit non-medical prescribing course will enable autonomous nurse/midwife practitioners and AHPs to demonstrate safe prescribing practice within their own scope of practice. On successful completion practitioners will gain academic accreditation and advanced skills required to prescribe safely in line with current professional regulation and thus will be eligible to record the qualification Independent & Supplementary Prescriber with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the HCPC.
This is a professional qualification (V300 prescribing course) and can be undertaken as a stand-alone module or as part of a package of modules which together can build to an MSc Advanced Clinical Practice or MSc Advancing Practice.
During this non-medical prescribing course you will develop the skills required to undertake a comprehensive and safe consultation, exploring theory and practical applications of knowledge to prescribing practice.
The principles of pharmacology will be developed and applied to clinical situations through the development of a Competency portfolio linked Royal Pharmaceutical Society Framework for Prescribers (2016). Consideration will be given to differential diagnoses, diagnostic tools utilised in practice and the safety netting of all prescribing decisions. Theories and methods underpinning clinical reasoning and decision-making in healthcare, advanced communication strategies, legal and ethical issues of advanced assessment and evidence-based practice will be explored within the module.
Teaching approaches are varied, using an active-blended learning approach and include lectures, interactive group work, online learning activities and enquiry-based learning. You will have access to tutor support throughout the module. Students will have 12 face-to-face taught days at the University, with online activity days and the completion of a competency portfolio over an 18-week period.
The assessment strategies in this programme offer students the opportunity, through critical reflection, evaluation and synthesis to review their personal learning, development and practice in relation to prescribing. Assessment methods are varied and include:
Admissions to the programme enables all nurse, midwife and SCPHN registrants OR Allied Health Professionals registered with the HCPC (including NHS, Self-employed or non-NHS employed registrants) to apply for entry to the programme. Admission to the programme is dependent on the following minimum criteria:
The applicant must be an NMC registered nurse (level 1), midwife or a SCPHN for at least 12 months or HCPC registered for 3 years prior to applying to the programme:
Applicants should be assessed and approved by their employer as competent within their scope of practice, at history taking, assessment, diagnosis/care management, planning/evaluating care and have completed a period of clinical skills learning. In the case of self-employed nurses/midwives, they will need to demonstrate how they meet this criteria directly to the module lead prior to enrolment onto our nurse prescribing course.
The Admissions Policy for the Prescribing programme is in accordance with the University’s admissions for students, Equality and Diversity policies. It seeks to select the students from diverse educational and social backgrounds who can benefit from and motivation to complete the programme. The programme welcomes applications from those from a variety of educational qualifications and will consider on merit applicants with no formal qualifications.
As per the University of Northampton Academic Regulations where an applicant for admission to a programme is unable to present evidence relating to the general entry requirements, they may be considered for ‘special admission’.
In such cases the Special Admissions Policy must be followed, which identifies principles governing the admission of associate students. In these circumstances applicants will be referred to the programme leader to discuss suitability for ‘special admission’.
With your application you will be required to upload the following documents:
You can find these documents on the postgraduate application guidance page.
You can find information about how to apply for this course on the Health CPD application page.
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.
If you are a Nurse, please contact the programme leader Julie Holloway for further information.
Alternatively, please contact the Module Leader Krishna Gohil for further information.
For information about the application process, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This 40-credit level non medical prescribing course can be used as a module towards a BSc or Masters Programme within the University of Northampton or can be undertaken as a stand-alone module.