Independent and supplementary non-medical prescribing

Key features

This exciting, challenging and contemporary non-medical prescribing module is designed to meet needs and expectations of a diverse range of healthcare professionals:

  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Physiotherapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Paramedics
  • Therapeutic radiographers
  • Pharmacists

This 40-credit module, which can be taken at either degree level or masters level, depending of your previous level of study and your regulatory body guidance.

The aim of this module is to advance the development of health care professionals, enabling the understanding of wider influences and principles of prescribing, in order to practice safely and effectively within their scope of professional practice.

You will enhance your understanding of the theoretical, analytical and clinical principles of prescribing within a sound framework for history taking, problem solving, accountability and the development of an analytical evidenced based rationale for prescribing actions. 

This module is taught over 26 days, within a six-month period. It utilises a blended learning pathway consisting of 10 face-to-face taught days and 16 self-directed days supported by a distance learning package. There is also one day of revision, one day of examination and a final day offering tutorials. An additional 90 hours in practice supported by a suitably qualified independent prescribing assessor, promotes and embeds knowledge within your own clinical setting.

Learning outcomes are mapped to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (2016) Competency Framework for all Prescribers.

Successful completion of this module will lead to annotation on the appropriate regulatory bodies’ register as an independent and supplementary prescriber.

  • Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Approved by the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council

Module code

NMP603 / NMP703

Credits

40

FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree

Level 7 - masters degree

Location 

Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth

Course details (degree level) 

This module will enable health care professionals to apply theoretical, analytical and clinical principles of prescribing within their field of practice.

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding and clinical application of the holistic assessment and diagnostic processes which lead to a safe prescribing decision
  • evaluate and implement pharmacological and non-pharmacological prescribing options within the context of patients’ individual needs
  • provide information and work in partnership with patients and carers to advocate for fully informed treatment decisions
  • initiate sound processes for ongoing monitoring and review which include integrated, multi-disciplinary working
  • practice professionally within ones’ scope of practice with awareness of the wider legal and ethical influences involved
  • recognise how to develop and improve prescribing practice whilst drawing upon an appropriate evidence base.

Course details (masters level)

This module will enable health care professionals to apply theoretical, analytical and clinical principles of prescribing within their field of practice.

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate critical understanding and clinical application of the holistic assessment and diagnostic processes which lead to a safe prescribing decision
  • critically evaluate and implement pharmacological and non-pharmacological prescribing options within the context of patients’ individual needs
  • provide information and work in partnership with patients and carers to advocate for fully informed treatment decisions
  • initiate sound processes for ongoing monitoring and review which include integrated, multi-disciplinary working
  • practice professionally within ones’ scope of practice with awareness of the wider legal and ethical influences involved
  • recognise how to develop and improve prescribing practice which includes  synthesis of research-based evidence and clinical governance resources.

Module dates

The delivery dates of taught sessions are 3, 4 September, 1, 2, 29, 30 October and 3, 4 December 2019 and 7, 8 January, 4, 5 February 2020.

The OSCE assessments will take place on Wednesday 19 February or Thursday 20 February.

There is an optional study skills day, which is highly recommended for those who have not studied very recently. Further details will be sent once enrolment has been confirmed. 

Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.


What programmes can these modules count towards?

This module can be taken as a standalone professional development module in non-medical prescribing or can count towards the following programmes:

For further information please check with the Professional Development Unit or Beth Hawkes if you would like to be directed to other healthcare professionals within the University for profession specific guidance.  


Nurses and midwives

(NMC requirements)

  • Entrants must be a registered nurse (level 1), a midwife or a SCPHN with NMC registration. 
  • Entrants must have been registered with the NMC for a minimum of 1 year prior to application for entry onto the programme.
  • Entrants must possess the competence, experience and academic ability to study at the level required for that programme. This includes advance practice skills such as: clinical/health assessment, diagnostics/care management, planning and evaluation of care.
  • Entrants are live on the NMC register, and therefore up-to-date with all revalidation requirements.
  • The entrant/nominating organisation must have identified a designated medical practitioner (DMP) or practice assessor with experience and qualifications in supporting and assessing students, who also is a registered healthcare professional and an experienced prescriber with suitable equivalent qualifications for the programme the student is undertaking.

Physiotherapists, podiatrists and therapeutic radiographers

(HCPC / AHPH requirements)

  • Entrants must be registered with the HCPC in one of the relevant Allied Health Professions.
  • Entrants must normally have at least 3 years relevant post-qualification experience in the clinical area in which they will be prescribing.
  • Entrants must be working at an advanced practitioner or equivalent level.
  • Entrants can demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own Continuing Professional Development (CPD) including development of networks for support, reflection and learning.
  • The entrant/nominating organisation must have identified a DMP, normally recognised by the employer/commissioning organisation as having experience in the relevant field of practice and training and experience in the supervision, support and assessment of trainees.

They must have also agreed to provide the student with opportunities to develop competence in prescribing, and supervise, support and assess the student during their clinical placement.


Paramedics

(HCPC / AHPH / CoP requirements)

  • Entrants must have been qualified and registered for at least 5 years and normally have at least 3 years relevant post-qualification experience in the clinical area in which they will be prescribing.
  • Entrants must have (or be working towards) an advanced practice qualification and have experience and evidence of competency in diagnostics, physical examination and decision-making skills relevant to their area of prescribing practice.
  • Have evidence of post-registration study.
  • The entrant / nominating organisation must have identified a DMP, normally recognised by the employer/commissioning organisation as having experience in the relevant field of practice and training and experience in the supervision, support and assessment of trainees.

They must have also agreed to provide the student with opportunities to develop competence in prescribing, and supervise, support and assess the student during their clinical placement.

Please also see: Independent and supplementary non-medical prescribing application guide.

Pharmacists

(GPhC requirements) 

  • Entrants must be a registered pharmacist with the GPhC or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI). 
  • Entrants must have at least 2 years appropriate patient-orientated experience post registration, in a relevant UK practice setting. 
  • Entrants must have an identified area of clinical or therapeutic practice in which to develop independent prescribing practice. They must also have relevant clinical or therapeutic experience in that area, which is suitable to act as the foundation of their prescribing practice while training.
The applicant or nominating organisation must have identified a Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) or Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP), with: 

  • Normally at least three years recent clinical responsibility for a group of patients or clients in the relevant field of practice.
  • An independent prescribing qualification with active prescribing competence and appropriate patient-facing clinical and diagnostic skills.
  • An understanding of the requirements of the DPP role in terms of responsibilities and preparation as set out by the Standards for the education and training of pharmacist independent prescribers (GPhC, 2019) taking into account the Guidance on tutoring and supervising pharmacy professionals in training (GPhC, 2018) for pharmacists and pharmacist technicians, as well as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Competency Framework for Prescribers (RPS, 2016)
  • The support of their employing organisation to act in the role of DPP and can assure that support, supervision, learning and assessment provided complies with the GPhC requirements. 
  • The DPP having agreed to provide supervision, support and shadowing opportunities for the student.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details. 


Module lead - Beth Hawkes

I am delighted to announce that I am the new Non-Medical Prescribing (NMP) Lead for delivery from September 2019. I am a registered nurse with over 20 years of experience in both secondary and primary care. I am also proud to be an Independent and Supplementary Prescriber.

The knowledge and skills you obtain on this programme of study will be rewarded with a qualification which you can apply in practice every day. From personal experience, I can say that NMP greatly enhances the quality of patient care, and thus job satisfaction. It can also provide opportunities for career progression.

Do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions - email me at beth.hawkes@plymouth.ac.uk. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Fees and funding

Fees

Please see our professional development module fees page.

Funding

Funding for this module may be available through your employing trust. To apply please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.