• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: 15/30 weeks
  • Start Date: September 2019

Course Overview

The course consists of two modules:

  • Clinical decision making for non-medical prescribing
  • Applied pharmacology for non-medical prescribing

Applicants must successfully pass both modules and all assessments within the modules individually in order to complete the programme.

The 60-credit programme is delivered at academic Level 6 and Level 7. Applicants can also choose to study over 15 weeks or 30 weeks..

Who is the course for?

  • The Non Medical Prescribing course ( Independent and Supplementary Prescribing) is for suitably qualified Nurses, Midwives, Pharmacists and Allied Health Professionals who must be professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to regularly use independent/supplementary prescribing
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate support from their employer/sponsor including confirmation that you will have appropriate supervised practice in the clinical area in which they are expected to prescribe
  • In addition to the study days, applicants must undertake 90 hours of supervised clinical practice supported by a suitably qualified Designated Medical Practitioner ( DMP).

This course runs on Tuesdays from 10am - 5pm, Fridays 10am - 5pm, Thursdays from 10am - 5pm and Wednesdays 10am - 5pm.

Course Details

Clinical Decision Making For Non Medical Prescribers:

The aim of the module is to develop confident and competent independent and supplementary nurse, midwife, pharmacist and allied health professional prescribers in order that they may undertake a comprehensive history/assessment of the patient for effective clinical decision making in evidence based prescribing practice.

The module will also include working with patients, carers and the wider health care team to promote concordance and develop an understanding of the roles and relationships of others relevant to an effective prescribing partnership. It will consider professional accountability in addition to legal policy, clinical governance and ethical aspects of prescribing.

Assessment strategies: a practical skills examination/OSCE and a presentation.

Applied Pharmacology For Non Medical Prescribers

The aim of the module is to develop confident and competent independent and supplementary nurse/midwife, pharmacist, and allied health professional prescribers in order that you may understand the way medicines work throughout the lifespan and the factors that influence drug choice.

The module will include consideration of safe, cost effective and appropriate prescribing, taking into account ethical influences at individual, local and national levels. You will be guided to critically evaluate sources of information including local and national guidelines.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to demonstrate skill in monitoring, recording and responding to medicines and modify treatments or refer the patients as appropriate based on a comprehensive understanding of how medicines work. Numeracy skills relevant to prescribing practice will also be developed.

Assessment strategies: a reflective portfolio, a pharmacology examination and a drug calculation examination.

What are the course entry requirements?

Level 6 Entry Requirements

Nurses/Midwives: The applicant must be a registered nurse, midwife and/or specialist community public health nurse with at least three years post qualifying experience. The applicant must provide evidence via the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) process of their ability to study at degree level. 60 credits at Level 5 are normally required to access the degree level programme.

Allied Health Professionals: must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) in a relevant allied health profession. The applicant must provide evidence via the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) process of their ability to study at degree level. 60 credits at level 5 are normally required to access the degree level programme.

Level 7 Entry Requirements

Pharmacists: must have at least two years’ UK experience following pre-registration year. The applicant must be educated to degree level in the relevant field

Nurses/Midwives: The applicant must be a registered nurse, midwife and/or specialist community public health nurse with at least three years post qualifying experience. The applicant must provide evidence via the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) process of their ability to study at master’s level; 60 credits at Level 6 are normally required to access the Level 7 programme.

Allied Health Professionals: must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) in a relevant allied health profession. The applicant must provide evidence via the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) process of their ability to study at master’s level; 60 credits at Level 6 are normally required to access the Level 7 programme.

Fees

How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, September 2019: £2,800

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


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