Supplementary prescribing (degree and masters level)

Key features

This 40 credit module, which can be taken at either degree level or masters level, will enable you to prescribe safely, effectively and cost-effectively within your scope of practice, taking into account the wider influences of prescribing 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.

You will also develop existing professional skills with a specific focus on the pharmacology and wider aspects relating to the psychology, ethics, legal and governance issues of non-medical prescribing.

Learning outcomes are mapped to the: Department of Health suggested learning outcomes for allied health professionals, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency, and the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework suggested learning outcomes for allied health professionals and successful completion of this module will lead to annotation on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) register as a supplementary prescriber.

Module code

HEAC327 / HEA577

Credits

40

FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree

Level 7 - masters degree

Location

Blended learning approach with face to face delivery in Plymouth

HEAC327 course details (degree level)

On completion of the degree level module you will be able to

  • provide evidence of knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards safe, appropriate and effective and cost effective legal prescribing practice which is commensurate with evidence based practice.
  • undertake appropriate assessment and consultation with the multidisciplinary team, patients, service users and careers 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 supplementary prescribing practice.
  • critically analyse the underpinning principles and legal and ethical influences on non-medical prescribing and their influences on prescribing practice.
  • understand and apply knowledge of drug interactions, how they are licensed and monitored and how to report adverse drug reactions.
  • identify different pharmacological and ‘life course’ non-pharmacological approaches to modifying disease and promoting health.
  • 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 your clinical area, having considered the legal, cognitive, emotional and physical differences between children and adults. If you are not currently working with children, you will be expected to demonstrate that you have considered the legal, cognitive, emotional and physical differences between children and adults.

HEA577 course details (masters level)

On completion of the masters level module you will be able to

  • provide evidence of the analysis of in depth systematic knowledge, skills, and attitudes towards safe, appropriate and effective and cost effective legal prescribing practice which is commensurate with the interpretation of evidence based practice.
  • undertake advanced assessment and consultation, and history taking 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.
  • apply the principles of evidence based prescribing practice 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 with confidence.
  • demonstrate critical reflection and understanding in relation of the relevant legislation, psychological patterns, governance issues, and ethics and evaluate their application to nurse independent and supplementary prescribing competency, responsibility, accountability and higher level practice.
  • critically analyse the underpinning principles and legal and ethical influences on non-medical prescribing and synthesise their influences to prescribing practice.
  • understand, analyse and apply knowledge of both proprietary and herbal drug interactions, both how they are licensed and monitored and support advanced level practice in developing governance procedures in how to report and audit adverse drug reactions.
  • identify different pharmacological and ‘life course’ non-pharmacological approaches, critically reflecting on patient choice and issues related to concordance and 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, 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. If you are not currently working with children, you will be expected to demonstrate that you have critically analysed the legal, cognitive, emotional and physical differences between children and adults.

Module dates

It has not been confirmed whether this module is running during the 2017/18 academic year - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

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.

The supplementary prescribing module will normally consist of 39 days over a six-month period. The module is delivered via a blended learning pathway consisting of ten face to face taught days, one day of examination and 16 self-directed days using a distance learning package. There are an additional 12 days (equivalent to 78 hours) in practice supported by an independent prescriber (doctor) and one day of assessment.

What programmes can these modules count towards?

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

At masters level, this module can 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

To be eligible for these modules you need to:

  • be working as a designated allied health professional.
  • be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in one designated allied health profession.
  • be professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need for you to regularly undertake supplementary prescribing.
  • have at least three years relevant post-qualification experience.
  • have appropriate experience in the area of practice in which you will undertake prescribing.
  • demonstrate support from your employer including confirmation that you will have appropriate supervised practice in the clinical area in which you are expected to prescribe.
  • students are required to confirm they have had a recent Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) (formerly CRB) at an enhanced level, at point of entry onto the programme.
  • have written confirmation that a Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) will provide you with supervision, support and opportunities to develop competence in prescribing practice. The DMP must be a registered medical/dental practitioner who meets the Department of Health criteria to supervise allied health professional prescribers.
  • have undertaken academic study at level 5 (i.e. diploma/foundation degree) to apply for the HEAC327 module or degree level to apply for the HEA577 module.

Module lead

The module lead for both modules is Alec Rickard.

Email: alec.rickard@plymouth.ac.uk 

Fees and funding

Fees for 2017/18 academic year

Please see our professional development module fees page.

Funding

Funding for these modules 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.

Further information

For further information regarding these modules, please contact:

Professional Development Unit

Level 4 Rolle Building, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Prospective student enquiries: pduadmissions@plymouth.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586951

Current student enquiries: pdu@plymouth.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586958