Non-medical prescribing: Independent and supplementary prescribing for designated allied health professionals (physiotherapists and podiatrists) (degree and masters level)
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Key features

This 40 credit module is for registered practitioners (designated allied health care professionals) who need to prescribe as part of their role, and can be studied at degree or masters level.

You will establish the principles of prescribing to enable professional development as a prescriber, taking into account the wider influences of prescribing practice, as well as developing your knowledge in the application of the principles of prescribing in order to prescribe safely, effectively and cost-effectively within the scope of your practice.

This module consists of 26 days over a six month period. It is delivered via a blended learning pathway consisting of 10 face-to-face taught days, one day of  revision and one day of examination and a final day offering tutorials and 13 self-directed days supported by a distance learning package. There are an additional 90 hours in practice supported by an independent prescriber (doctor or dentist). Successful completion will lead to the independent prescribing and supplementary prescribing annotations on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) register.

Learning outcomes are mapped to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (2006) Standards of Proficiency for Nurse and Midwife Prescribers and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (2016) Competency Framework for all Prescribers.

As well as the regular teaching staff, there will be visiting lecturers, high profile collaborators and external examiners associated with this course who will be running workshops and masterclasses, bringing new opportunities to the course. The course is delivered locally in Plymouth, making it accessible to practitioners across the south-west peninsula.

Find out more about the HCPC standards for non-medical prescribing on the HCPC website

Module code

HEAD308 / HEAD709

Credits

40

FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree 

Level 7 - masters degree

Location

Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth


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Our students and their mentors say...

  • A "Excellent course, well structured. Excellent help from Designated Medical Practitioner and colleagues." (Non-medical prescribing student, 2014/15 cohort)
  • A "My student has grown in confidence and ability and will make a big difference to the workplace with her newly acquired skills of history taking, examinations and safe prescribing." (Clinical mentor for the 2014/15 cohort)

HEAD308 course details (degree level)

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • provide evidence of knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards safe, appropriate, effective and cost-effective legal prescribing practice commensurate with evidence-based practice analysing, implementing and reviewing appropriate treatment pathways and current national and local guidelines with confidence.
  • demonstrate an understanding of appropriate communication, consultation, assessment and decision making with the multidisciplinary team, patients, service users and carers to identify different pharmacological and non- pharmacological approaches.
  • apply the principles of evidence-based prescribing practice to identify, analyse, implement and review appropriate treatment pathways and current national and local guidelines with confidence.
  • demonstrate critical understanding of the relevant legislation and its application to independent and supplementary prescribing practice.
  • critically analyse the underpinning principles and legal and ethical influences on non-medical prescribing and their influences on prescribing practice.
  • identify different pharmacological and ‘life course’ non- pharmacological approaches to modifying disease and promoting health while demonstrating an understanding and application of knowledge of drug interactions and how to report adverse drug reactions.
  • when working with children as part of your clinical practice demonstrate that you can take an appropriate history, undertake a clinical assessment and make an appropriate diagnosis in their clinical area, having considered the legal, cognitive, emotional and physical differences between children and adults. Learners who are not currently working with children will be expected to demonstrate that they have considered the legal, cognitive, emotional and physical differences between children and adults.

Assessment

You will be assessed in practice throughout the module and be expected to complete a practice portfolio. You will also undertake a one day formal examination (OSCE).

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit). 

HEAD709 course details (masters level)

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • synthesise with critical awareness the knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards safe, appropriate, effective and cost effective legal prescribing practice commensurate with evidence-based practice analysing, implementing and reviewing appropriate treatment pathways and current national and local guidelines with confidence.
  • apply the principles of advanced appropriate communication, consultation, assessment, diagnosis and decision making with the multidisciplinary team, patients, service users and carers to identify and rationalise different pharmacological and non- pharmacological approaches and justify these actions in complex situations.
  • conceptualise the principles of evidence-based prescribing practice with confidence and critical awareness to identify, analyse, implement and review appropriate complex treatment pathways and interpret current national and local guidelines as applied to autonomous practice and continuing professional development.
  • demonstrate critical awareness through reflection in relation the relevant legislation, psychological patterns, governance issues and ethics and use this to proactively evaluate their application to independent and supplementary prescribing practice.
  • critically analyse the underpinning principles and legal and ethical influences on non-medical prescribing and synthesise their influences on prescribing practice.
  • critically reflect on different pharmacological and ‘life course’ non- pharmacological approaches, appraising patient choice and issues relating to concordance. Formulate their application operationally and strategically to modifying disease and promoting health.
  • when working with children as part of your clinical practice demonstrate that you can take an appropriate history, proactively manage and undertake a clinical assessment and make an appropriate diagnosis in your clinical area taking into account the more complex management of the child and young person and having analysed the legal, cognitive, emotional and physical differences between children and adults. Learners who are not currently working with children will be expected to demonstrate that they have critically appraised the legal, cognitive, emotional and physical differences between children and adults.

Assessment

You will be assessed in practice throughout the module and be expected to complete a practice portfolio. You will also undertake a one day formal examination (OSCE).

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).  

Module dates

Timetabled face-to-face taught dates for these modules are 5 and 6 September, 3 and 4 October, 7 and 8 November, 5 and 6 December 2017 and 9 and 10 January 2018. Tutorials will be held on 6 February and revision sessions will be held on 7 February, with the OSCE being held on 21 February 2018.

Suggested dates for self-directed learning via the distance learning package are 26 September, 10, 17, 24 and 31 October, 14, 21 and 28 November, 12 and 19 December 2017 and 2, 18 and 25 January 2018.

(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 (HCPC) or can count towards the following programmes:

For further information please check with the Professional Development Unit.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to undertake these modules must:

  • be a registered health care practitioner working in an area of clinical practice that will allow you to meet the module learning outcomes.
  • have three years post registration experience clinical experience, including one year preceding application in the clinical field in which you intend to prescribe.
  • be in possession of previous study at level 5 (Diploma of Higher Education) to study the module at degree level.
  • masters-level students must be in possession of previous study at degree level to study the module at masters level.

Individuals without a degree may be eligible to apply providing they have appropriate practice-related experience relevant to the programme, please discuss with the Professional Development Unit prior to application

Fees and funding

Fees for 2017/18 academic year

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.