Continuing Professional Development (short course)
18 weeks, 6 months
Module level: 6 and 7
Module credits: 30 credits
Before you apply, carefully read the module information and entry requirements, as it will not be possible to change assessment level at a later date.
Non-Medical Prescribing prepares you to prescribe medicines from the British National Formulary (BNF), within your area of competence, and to assist you in extending your practice. You’ll learn to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively, as both an independent and supplementary prescriber.
You'll already be a registered nurse, midwife, pharmacist, physiotherapist, paramedic, chiropodist, podiatrist , dietician, diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer. This programme may interest you because there is a recognised need for you to prescribe within your clinical practice, to enhance your professional skills in relation to prescribing with an approved qualification.
On successful completion of this programme, you can be annotated/registered with your Professional Body as a non-medical prescriber and be qualified to prescribe any medicine for any medical condition within your field of competence, including some controlled drugs. You’ll learn to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively, both as an independent and/or a supplementary prescriber.
NB: Pharmacists can only take this module at level 7.
NB: Please note that Diagnostic Radiographers and Dieticians can only prescribe as a Supplementary Prescriber.
Core content includes the following:
1. A practice assessment document consisting of:
2. A numeracy assessment:
3. An unseen pharmacology examination
4. A critical case study
This course will benefit you as:
Please read the specific entry requirements in the section below very carefully.
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.
Guild House is our dedicated healthcare campus in the historic city of Peterborough.
Please ask your manager or Education Lead about available funding before you apply.
You'll need to demonstrate appropriate clinical governance in the area in which you practice (registration with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) or the GPhC).All applicants must complete the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) as part of the admission process, to demonstrate that they meet all of the above criteria
Nursing and Midwifery applicants should, in conjunction with their Practice Assessor, identify suitable Practice Supervisors to support their practice learning. These should also be experienced independent prescribers with at least 1 year of experience in this role. For Pharmacists and Allied Health Care professionals the DMP/DPP can undertake the role of both Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor. However, applicants are encouraged to seek Practice Supervisors for a more diverse learning experience. In exceptional circumstances (for example, where there is limited access to non-medical prescribers) nurses/midwives can request from the module lead that the same person acts as both Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor.
For additional information, please contact Dr Mike Cumberbatch using the contact details above.
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