Non-medical prescribing: Supplementary to independent prescribing conversion for designated allied health professionals (physiotherapists and podiatrists) (degree and masters level)
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Key features

This 20 credit module is for physiotherapists or podiatrists who are already supplementary prescribers and wish to become independent prescribers and can be taken at degree or masters level.

The module at both levels will continue to develop the theoretical, analytical and clinical principles of prescribing within a sound framework for history taking, diagnosis, problem solving, accountability and the development of an analytical evidenced based rationale for prescribing actions. It will enable your on-going professional development as an independent prescriber taking into account the wider influences of prescribing practice. You will also learn to apply the principles of prescribing in order to prescribe safely, effectively and cost-effectively within the scope of your practice.

Successful completion will lead to the independent prescribing annotation on the Health and Care Professions Council registerFind out more about the HCPC standards for non-medical prescribing on the HCPC website

Module code

HEAD310 / HEAD711

Credits

20

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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HEAD310 course details (degree level)

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

  • 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.

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).

HEAD711 course details (masters level)

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

  • 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.

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

This module is not expected to run in the 2017/18 academic year - please contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries.

This module usually consists of two face-to-face taught days, two days of distance learning and one day of examination. There are an additional two days (equivalent to 15 hours) in practice supported by an independent prescriber (doctor).

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?

At degree level this module could be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some other BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways.

At masters level this module could be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways.

For further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.  

Entry requirements

Students wishing to undertake these modules must:

  • be a physiotherapist, chiropodist or podiatrist registered with the HCPC as a supplementary prescriber.
  • be 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.
  • have a designated medical practitioner who is willing to act as a mentor.
  • be in possession of previous study at level 5 (Diploma of Higher Education) or a foundation degree 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

Fees for 2017/18 academic year

This module is not expected to run in the 2017/18 academic year - please contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries.

If you would like to find out more about our standard module fees, please see our professional development module fees page.