Advanced Non-Medical Prescribing (V300)

Continuing Professional Development (short course)

Online and Chelmsford, Online and Cambridge, Online and Peterborough

6 months

Module level: 7

Module credits: 30 credits

Overview

Prepare to prescribe medicines from the British National Formulary (BNF) in your area of competence. With our Non-Medical Prescribing course, you’ll learn to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively as both an independent and supplementary prescriber.

Our CPD course is taught by blended learning, with some online and some campus teaching. You can choose to join us on campus in Chelmsford or Cambridge.

You'll already be a registered nurse, midwife, pharmacist, physiotherapist, paramedic, chiropodist, podiatrist, dietician, diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer, and this course may interest you because there is a recognised need for you to prescribe within your clinical practice.

On successful completion of this course, you can be annotated/registered with your Professional Body as an independent and supplementary prescriber* and you'll be qualified to prescribe medications within your field of competence.

Independent prescribers are practitioners responsible and accountable for the assessment of patients with previously undiagnosed or diagnosed conditions and for decisions about the clinical management required, including prescribing.” BNF, 2020 (https://bnf.nice.org.uk/guidance/non-medical-prescribing.html)

Supplementary prescribing is a partnership between an independent prescriber (a doctor or a dentist) and a supplementary prescriber to implement an agreed Clinical Management Plan for an individual patient with that patient’s agreement.” BNF, 2020 (https://bnf.nice.org.uk/guidance/non-medical-prescribing.html)

Important notes

  • * Passing this module does not automatically qualify you to prescribe. The University is authorised to run this preparatory module and recommend appropriate practitioners for the qualification. Your professional body (NMC, HCPC or GPhC) retains the right to approve or refuse this recommendation.
  • Diagnostic Radiographers and Dieticians can only prescribe as a Supplementary Prescriber.
  • You must ensure that you check which medications you can prescribe according to UK legislation and your own professional registration (https://bnf.nice.org.uk/guidance/non-medical-prescribing.html)

How you'll learn

This module takes place over two trimesters, including 25 six-hour academic study days (26 days for pharmacists).

  • Eighteen of the study days will be delivered through a blend of online and on campus teaching, self-directed activities, short video lectures, and active learning exercises.
  • Pharmacists will also have one day of clinical skills training supported by activities to be completed in the practice setting.
  • One day for exams at the end of the first trimester.
  • The remaining six days will be taken towards the end of the second trimester and will give you the opportunity for self-directed research into your area of specialist practice.
  • These 25 (or 26) days are mandated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). You will be expected to provide evidence that they have been taken.
  • You'll also need to complete 72 hours of clinical practice (90 hours for pharmacists) to demonstrate clinical competency in consulting, diagnosing and prescribing for service users.

Core content

The core teaching will involve an introduction to pharmacology and the generic aspects of prescribing. Although we don’t cover therapeutic indications, we’ll refer to common drugs throughout the module to demonstrate key pharmacological principals. The taught content will include:

  • application of consultation and clinical assessment within the prescribing context
  • critical application of knowledge of Pharmacology – pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics
  • prescribing for special risk groups including children, the elderly, pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • drug interactions and adverse events
  • holistic approach to prescribing including the biopsychosocial aspects of prescribing
  • effective medicines management
  • prescribing within the inter-professional team
  • legal and ethical issues, including professional accountability and impact on prescribing.

In addition to the generic taught content you’ll have the opportunity to learn about medications specific to your specialist area of practice; through your clinical practice hours and six days of self-directed academic research.

Practice assessment

In partnership with your employer, you must identify a suitable Practice Assessor.

A Practice Assessor is a registered healthcare professional with a prescribing qualification and a minimum of three years’ recent prescribing experience in this role; eg a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or other professionally registered, V300 trained independent prescriber.

Nursing and midwifery applicants

  • In conjunction with your Practice Assessor, you must identify suitable Practice Supervisor(s) to support your practice learning.
  • Practice Supervisors should also be registered V300 independent/supplementary prescribers (or equivalent) with at least one year of experience in this role.
  • 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 (https://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/standards-for-post-registration/standards-for-prescribers).

Pharmacists and allied healthcare professionals:

As an NMC or HCPC registrant you will need to demonstrate a minimum of 72 hours of supervised clinical practice, at least 22 hours of which must be with your Practice Assessor.

As a GPhC registrant you will need to demonstrate a minimum of 90 hours of supervised clinical practice, at least 28 hours of which must be with your Practice Assessor.

The remaining clinical hours must be spent with a Practice Supervisor (see above).

Your Practice Assessor, along with your Academic Assessor (module tutor or module lead) is responsible for signing you off as a competent and safe prescriber. As such you will need to make sure you keep accurate records of your clinical placement hours.

Assessment

Your success on this programme will be determined on the basis of:

1. A practice assessment document consisting of:

  • a practice log demonstrating the minimum required practice clinical supervision hours
  • an assessment of competency against the Royal Pharmaceutical Society single competency framework (2016) which has been adopted as the common standard for all independent prescribing programs (NMC, 2018; HPCP, 2016; GPhC, 2019)
  • completion of a Clinical Management Plan (CMP) to demonstrate an understanding of supplementary prescribing.

Pharmacist students must also undertake a clinical OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) of a patient under supervision of their Practice Assessor. This must be moderated by the Academic Assessor in person or by live video link.

2. A calculations examination:

  • 30-minute unseen examination (remote electronic exam)
  • 100% pass mark will (GPhC, 2019; NMC, 2019).

3. An unseen pharmacology examination:

  • 90-minute unseen examination (remote electronic exam)
  • 80% pass mark (GPhC, 2019; NMC, 2019).

4. A critical case study:

  • a 2,000-word critical analysis essay based on a patient prescribing episode. This can be either an Independent Prescribing Episode or a Supplementary Prescribing Episode (depending on how your health care professional body allows you to prescribe)

Please note that demonstration of unsafe practice in any of the assessments will result in a referral (second attempt required) for NMC and HCPC students or automatic failure (no second attempt allowed) for GPhC students.

Who should attend?

You'll already be a registered nurse, midwife, pharmacist, physiotherapist, paramedic, chiropodist, podiatrist, dietician, diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer, and this course may interest you because there is a recognised need for you to prescribe within your clinical practice.

Please read the entry requirements in the section below very carefully.

Dates

Important note about applications for this module:
Applications for January 2023 closed
Applications for May 2023 will open on 9 January 2023
Applications for September 2023 will open on 8 May 2023

September 2022 - blended delivery with campus sessions held in Chelmsford, Cambridge – teaching days Tuesdays.

Chelmsford is full.
Cambridge is full.
Peterborough is not recruiting.

Face to face on campus:
27 September 2022
11, 18 October
1, 15, 29 November
6, 13 December
10, 24 January 2023
7, 21 February
7, 21 March
18 April

Online:
4, 25 October 2022
8, 22 November
17, 31 January 2023
14, 28 February
14, 28 March
25 April

January 2023 - blended delivery with campus sessions held in Chelmsford, Cambridge, Peterborough* – teaching days Thursdays

Face to face on campus:
26 January 2023
9, 16 February
2, 16, 30 March
11, 25 May
8, 22 June
6, 20 July
3 August

Clinical skills - on campus (pharmacists only):
20 April 2023

Exam - on campus:
27 April 2023

Online:
2, 23 February 2023
9 March
29 June

Independent study days:
18 May 2023
1, 15 June
13, 27 July
10 August

May 2023 - blended delivery with campus sessions held in Chelmsford, Cambridge, Peterborough* – teaching days Tuesdays

Teaching dates released 9 January 2023

*Peterborough deliveries only; We are unable to offer a Peterborough delivery for September 2022. January and May 2023 at Peterborough are currently under review by the Faculty where a decision will be confirmed shortly.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

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.

Where can I study?

Fees & funding

Course fees

30 credits (Level 7) for courses starting in 2022/23

£1,800

Funding for CPD

Please ask your manager or Education Lead about available funding before you apply.

Contact details

Eleanor Hawley
eleanor.hawley@aru.ac.uk

CPD Admissions
cpd@aru.ac.uk

Entry requirements

For entry to this course, you must meet the following requirements.

  • Registered for 12 months with the NMC (nurses/midwives).
  • Registered with the HCPC (allied health professionals - with appropriate experience; paramedics must be working in an advanced practice, non-ambulance setting and must take this module at level 7.
  • Registered for 24 months with the GPhC (pharmacists). Additionally, pharmacist applicants must have at least 24 months experience in the specialist role in which they will prescribe and must take this module at level 7.
  • Have the appropriate background knowledge of anatomy and physiology (this is an intensive module which assumes a basic knowledge of these subjects; equivalent to Year 3 nursing student degree).
  • Have completed an Advanced Clinical Assessment Skills, or similar 30-credit module, at level 6 or 7 (if you are already working at this advanced level and do not have a qualification you will need to provide evidence supported by a statement from your trust's educational lead).

Your employer will need to provide supportive evidence that you have:

  • at least one year's experience working in a role with an identified clinical need for prescribing (two years years for pharmacists
  • the appropriate knowledge and experience in the area in which you intend to prescribe
  • protected time for the 72 hours (90 hours for pharmacists) of clinical practice
  • protected time for the 25 days (26 days for pharmacists) of academic study time
  • the appropriate clinical supervision, clinical governance and indemnity insurance to cover your future prescribing practice
  • a current Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check.

Self-funding applicants

We will consider self-funding applicants but you must be working for an organisation that will support you in this role. Your employer will still need to provide all the information above. If you are currently working in a role that will not allow you to prescribe, you cannot apply for this module.

Self-employed and aesthetic practitioner applicants

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept self-employed applicants* or those who work exclusively in aesthetic practice.

*We will consider applications from pharmacists with their own pharmacy who work in partnership with a general practice. You will need to provide evidence of appropriate GPhC/CQC governance.

All applicants must complete the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) as part of the admission process, to provide evidence that they meet all of the above criteria.

Please ensure that all elements are completed or your application may be rejected.

Your Trust educational lead must approve your application.

For additional information, please contact Eleanor Hawley: eleanor.hawley@aru.ac.uk.

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