Short courses
Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

Non-medical Prescribing
University Certificate in Professional Development

 

Course overview

  • Limited HEENE-funded places are available for eligible applicants.
  • Standard University fee applies once all funded places have been allocated.

Independent and supplementary prescribing is an integrated feature of health service delivery, with some health specific professionals qualified to prescribe across a range of healthcare settings. Advancing roles within both nursing and allied health professions has provided a greater access to medicines. This award provides nurses and allied health professionals (physiotherapists, radiographers, podiatrists, dietitians and paramedics who are working in advanced practice roles) with the knowledge and skills to prescribe safely and effectively. You must work within your own scope of practice and area of competence, and as such be in a position to complete the care cycle in a holistic manner for clients within your care. This level 6 undergraduate professional award is delivered in the School of Health & Social Care over 18 weeks including a one-week initial block and weekly attendance. There is a final week block. You share your learning with students undertaking the award at postgraduate level 7. You spend 12 negotiated days in supervised supernumerary practice with a prescribing medical practitioner who acts as your practice assessor. You should also spend time with other medical and non-medical prescribers; practice learning and assessment must be undertaken between weeks 2 and 17. To facilitate the integration of theory and practice these practice days should span the entirety of the award.

Before submitting your application you must read the additional information in the guide for the Non-medical Prescribing application process. This will guide you in completing your application. You must complete your application fully following the information details in this document. Applications which are not fully completed will not be considered.

Where you study

Teesside University campus

 

Course details

What you study

This is a multi-professional, specialist 40-credit award that prepares eligible nurses, midwives, specialist community public health nurses, physiotherapists, therapeutic radiographers, chiropodists/podiatrists and advanced paramedic practitioners to prescribe as independent/supplementary prescribers. The award prepares dietitians and diagnostic radiographers to prescribe as supplementary prescribers. This is within the professional standards stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)/Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Learning is facilitated by the teaching team which includes nurses, pharmacists, and medical practitioners and provides many opportunities for shared learning.

How you learn

You learn through interactive lectures, seminars, guided study and discussion groups, and experiential learning. The virtual learning environment is used to support your learning.

Assessment consists of a portfolio of evidence, an objectively structured clinical examination, written examination and evidence of having passed a period of supervised supernumerary practice experience. This practice period is spent with a designated medical practitioner (DMP) who provides supervision, support and opportunities to develop competence in practice. This DMP will be your nominated practice mentor and is responsible for your assessment of practice. You should ensure that you have exposure to other prescribers during this practice period.

 
 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The following entry requirements must be in place before you consider your application and you must fully complete your application and provide evidence of how you meet these requirements. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Therefore you must:

  • be an NMC registered first level nurse, midwife, and/or specialist community public health nurse and have at least three years post registration experience. Of these three years, the year immediately preceding you must have been working in the clinical field in which you intend to prescribe. If you work part-time you must have practiced for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by your employer
  • or
  • be registered with the HCPC in one of the relevant allied health professions and normally have at least three years relevant post-qualification experience in the clinical area in which you will be prescribing and be working at an advanced practitioner or equivalent level.

You must also:

  • be professionally practicing in a role where there is an identified need to prescribe
  • have a satisfactory up-to-date Disclosure and Barring Service check undertaken within the last three years. This must be enhanced for working with children and/or adults and must be current for the duration of the time you are studying the module
  • evidence successful relevant study at academic Level 6 within three years upon commencement of the programme.
  • successfully complete a clinical skills module or have written evidence of assessment within practice.
  • have an identified designated medical practitioner (DMP) who meets specific requirements to mentor and who provides supervision, support, and opportunities to develop competence in practice
  • have a DMP who is experienced and competent in prescribing for children, if you will be prescribing for children
  • have the support of your manager who must certify your clinical competence to prescribe and confirm that you will be supported to fulfill all the theory and practice required to study the module
  • have the support of your organisational non-medical prescribing lead who must confirm that there are clinical governance arrangements in place to support prescribing.

  • Successfully pass a 20-question drug calculations entry test with a mark of 80% or above.

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

Applicants are required to complete a maths entry test at Teesside University Campus, Centuria Building. Date available for the maths entry test are below:
. Thursday 27 June 2019, 10.00am -12.00pm, in room H0.38.
. Monday 1 July 2019, 2.00pm -4.00pm, in room H0.38.
. Thursday 25 July 2019, 10.00am -12.00pm, in room H0.38.
. Monday 5 August 2019, 1.00pm - 3.00pm in room H0.38.
. Tuesday 20 August 2019, 2.00pm - 4.00pm in room H0.38.
. Wednesday 4 September 2019, 10.00am - 12.00pm in room H0.38.

To confirm your preferred date to take the test please call Admissions 01642 384110. Please ensure that you have submitted your application before you book onto a maths test.

Please note – you must declare if you have previously studied a prescribing programme at another higher education institution on your application.

 

Employability

Career opportunities

Professional recorded V300 qualification to the NMC Independent/Supplementary prescribing (nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses).

Professional annotation to the HCPC Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (physiotherapists, podiatrists, therapeutic radiographers and advanced paramedic practitioners).

Professional annotation to the HCPC Supplementary Prescribing (diagnostic radiographers and dietitians).

 
 

Part-time

2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£1500

Limited funded places available

  • Length: 18 weeks
  • 40 credits, degree level
  • Enrolment date: September and January
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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