This module can be undertaken as a stand-alone qualification or as part of a package of modules which together can build to an MSc Advanced Professional Practice Award. You can choose to add another module and leave with the Postgraduate Certificate, or can opt to go on and complete more modules to qualify for your Masters.
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This module will enable AHPs to demonstrate safe prescribing practice within their own specialty. 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 of Independent Prescriber with the HCPC (HCPC 2013).
1) The Nonmedical Prescriber qualification enables practitioners, working within their professional scope of practice, to legally prescribe licensed and unlicensed medications within the British National Formulary (BNF). This is in line with current legislation, employment policy and professional standards.
2) The Supplementary Prescribing component of the course enables qualified practitioners to prescribe in partnership with an Independent Prescriber and the patient in accordance with a formal clinical management plan that is patient specific.
Teaching approaches are varied and include lectures, tutorials, group work, enquiry based learning and blogging, reflection, case presentation, experiential learning and interactive lectures from University lecturers, clinicians and practicing non-medical prescribers.
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.
Methods of Learning
Part time: Blended learning opportunities
6 months for module 26 taught days at University and 12 days practice mentorship.
The four items of assessment that must be successfully completed are as follows:
1. Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
Two stations are independently assessed and include: Clinical Consultation, and a Legal, Ethical and Professional Scenario. You must pass each station separately.
2. Prescribing Practice Portfolio
The Prescribing Practice Portfolio consists of two components.
I. Assessment of Practice
The assessment of practice is the responsibility of the Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) who is providing support, teaching and supervision of the student. The practice portfolio is a record of your ability to apply theory to the safe prescribing practice and the DMP must confirm that you have completed the required 12 days of supervised practice and are deemed safe as independent and supplementary prescribers. These are signed off by the DMP with the appropriate declaration of success. This is a pass or fail component. In addition to this :-
II. PRIMARY EVIDENCE OF PRESCRIBING PRACTICE
The practice portfolio must also contain a range of evidence mapped against the HCPC Standards for prescribers. These are explicitly identified in the practice portfolio documentation and include case study and reflective components.
3. Short answer paper/multiple-choice question paper
A written final examination paper that consists of twenty, short answer and multiple-choice questions to test pharmacological knowledge and its application to practice. You must achieve a minimum of 80% to pass. This assessed component is a pass/fail only.
4. Numerical Assessment
The numerical assessment is set within the context of prescribing practice. You must achieve 100% to pass. This assessed component is a pass/fail only. The numerical assessment is to be completed within the first few weeks of starting the programme.
For all four assessed items where a registrant cannot correctly answer a question that may result in direct harm to a patient/client, they must be referred.
Facilities and Special Features
Part time: Blended learning opportunities
Six months for each module: 26 taught days at University and 12 days practice mentorship.
- this is a highly popular and sought after part-time course offering a nationally recognised qualification, recordable with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or HCPC for Podiatrists, and academic accreditation at degree or Masters level (Masters level only for Podiatrists)
- you have the option to continue with your life-long learning in order to gain a BSc (Hons) or Masters level award, depending on your profession
- on successful completion of the course, you will be 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
Whilst offering a nationally recognised qualification recordable with the HCPC enabling practitioners to independently prescribe, you can either use this qualification as a stand-alone double module or continue your studies by using the 40 credit points towards a Masters qualification at The University of Northampton.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
You will need to have been registered with the HCPC for at least three years and have at least one year of experience working in the area of practice that you want to independently prescribe within, in order to be eligible for this course. You will also need to have the ability to study at level 7, and, as such, you must provide evidence of recent academic study within your application for the course. If you haven’t been in formal education for some time you may be asked to undertake a pre-enrolment assignment to provide evidence of being able to study at level 7.
Other forms of acquired previous learning may also be beneficial to your application. The support of a Designated Medical Practitioner and your manager or prescribing lead will be sought before a place on the course can be confirmed. It is a requirement that a recent DBS check (within last two years) must have been undertaken before prospective students can be accepted onto the course.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
Please contact the Faculty of Health and Society 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 please contact: LBR@northampton.ac.uk
Eligibility criteria please visit http://lbr.eastmidlands.nhs.uk/