The University of Northampton offers a range of profession-specific modules at both level 6 and level 7 leading to a prescribing qualification. The modules aim to equip students with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience required to become a non-medical prescriber, at present these include the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approved programmes and the HCPC approved programme for podiatrists (from February 2017, subject to HCPC approval).
Available awards are:
- Nurse Independent and Supplementary Prescriber (NISP) NMC V300
- Community Practitioner Nurse Formulary Prescriber (CPF) NMC V100
- Non-medical Prescribing for Podiatrists
If you are a Nurse, please contact the programme leader, Julie Holloway, for further information.
If you are a Podiatrist, please contact the module leader, Richard Thompson, for further information.
- numeracy examination
- 20 question (short answer) applied pharmacology examination
- an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
- completion of competency based practice portfolio
Facilities and Special Features
- this is a highly popular and sought after part-time programme offering a nationally recognised qualification, recordable with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or HCPC for Podiatrists (from February 2017, subject to HCPC approval), and academic accreditation at degree or Masters level (Masters level only for Podiatrists)
- at the conclusion of the course, students have the option to continue with their life-long learning in order to gain a BSc (Hons) or Masters level award, depending on their profession
- on successful completion of the programme, candidates are eligible to prescribe independently from the British National Formulary in line with current legislation
- the joint qualification of Supplementary Prescribing offers the additional option of prescribing within the remit of a defined Clinical Management Plan
How to apply
Both Nurses and Podiatrists need to have been registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a first level nurse* or Health and Care Professions Council respectively, for at least three years and have considerable experience working in the area of practice that they want to independently prescribe. Students also need to demonstrate that they can study at the appropriate academic level and, as such, must provide evidence of recent academic study on application to the course. The support of an identified named medical practitioner and the student’s manager/prescribing lead will be sought before a place on the course can be confirmed. It is also a requirement that a recent (within the last 3 months) Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check must have been undertaken before prospective students can be accepted onto the course.
Where the applicant has not undertaken a programme of study to prepare them in diagnosis and physical assessment, the employer is responsible for confirming that the applicant is competent in taking clinical assessment, history and diagnosis and that the applicant is able to demonstrate appropriate numeracy skills equivalent to a pass at GCSE.
* Where the term ‘Nurse’ is used, the term also applies to registrants who appear on Parts 1 (Nurses), Part 2 (Midwives) and Part 3 (Specialist Community Public Health Nurses).
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
Please contact the School of Health on 01604 892342.
Funding for these modules may be available from NHS East Midlands, subject to meeting the required criteria through Learning Beyond Registration. For further information on eligibility criteria please visit http://lbr.eastmidlands.nhs.uk/