This is an innovative multi-professional course accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC) and the Health Professions Council (HPC).
The supporting legislative framework enables practitioners, who meet the entry requirements, to undertake independent and/or supplementary prescribing. On successful completion of the course practitioners will have their prescribing qualification recorded with the appropriate professional regulator.
The course can be accessed as a stand- alone course in its own right, undertaken at level 6 (honours) or at level 7 (masters). It is also an integrated component of longer degree/masters programmes such as the BSc Nurse Practitioner and the MSc Advanced Healthcare Practice.
Students on this course will build on current practice to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies required to be able to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively as Independent and/ Supplementary Non-Medical Prescribers.
The course is based at the Ipswich waterfront campus and runs over two semesters, starting in September with the programme normally completed in 6 months. Campus based learning is organised over 26 days and there is also a requirement to complete 12 days of supervised practice working with a named medical supervisor (Doctor). In addition to the timetabled programme you will be expected to engage in related independent study activities.
Location of Study: University of Suffolk Ipswich
Dates of Attendance:
September intake dates:
Thursday 19 September 2019
Friday 20 September 2019
Thursday 26 September 2019
Thursday 3 October 2019
Thursday 10 October 2019
Thursday 17 October 2019
Thursday 24 October 2019
Thursday 31 October 2019
Thursday 7 November 2019
Thursday 14 November 2019
Thursday 21 November 2019
Thursday 28 November 2019
Thursday 5 December 2019
Thursday 12 December 2019
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Thursday 9 January 2020
Thursday 16 January 2020
Thursday 23 January 2020
Thursday 30 January 2020
Thursday 6 February 2020
Thursday 13 February 2020
Thursday 20 February 2020
Thursday 27 February 2020
Thursday 5 March 2020
Thursday 12 March 2020
Monday 23 March 2020
Thursday 26 March 2020
Monday 30 March 2020
January intake dates:
Friday 10 January 2020
Friday 17 January 2020
Friday 24 January 2020
Friday 31 January 2020
Friday 7 February 2020
Friday 14 February 2020
Friday 21 February 2020
Friday 28 February 2020
Friday 6 March 2020
Friday 13 March 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
Friday 27 March 2020
Friday 03 April 2020
Thursday 23 April 2020
Thursday 30 April 2020
Thursday 7 May 2020
Thursday 14 May 2020
Thursday 21 May 2020
Thursday 28 May 2020
Thursday 4 June 2020
Thursday 11 June 2020
Thursday 18 June 2020
Thursday 25 June 2020
Thursday 2 July 2020
Thursday 9 July 2020
Friday 10 July 2020
Friday 24 July 2020
Should you require any academic advice about this module please contact the Course Leader/Module Leader:
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For all queries or to apply for an application pack please email: email@example.com
Consultation and decision making process in prescribing practice forms the basis of this course. Practitioners will develop the skills to become experts that adhere to a sound knowledge base of drugs, diseases and health problems and will build upon their existing competence and knowledge base in their specialist area of practice. Available resources will be accessed efficiently: information extracted will be subjected to thorough analysis to enable clear treatment decisions to be made based on the best available clinical evidence.
Specifically the aims of the course are to:
Facilitate nurses, midwives and pharmacists to meet the required regulatory standards in order to act as Independent and/ or Supplementary prescribers.
Facilitate Radiographers, physiotherapists and other Allied health professionals as and when they are identified by their employers to act as supplementary prescribers.
Extend opportunities for critical self-evaluation of students existing practice whilst achieving prescribing competencies in the workplace.
Engage in comprehensive enquiry with specific identified aspects of their prescribing practice.
Criteria for admission to undertake the programme
This is largely set by the professional regulators (NMC/HPC/GPC):
You must be registered with the appropriate professional body (i.e. NMC/HPC/GPC) (nurses must be first level nurses).
At least 3 years post registration experience, with at least the last year in the area in which you will be prescribing (2 years for pharmacists).
There should be an identified service need for non-medical prescribing.
Written support from both your clinical/line manager and trust prescribing lead will be required.
You will need to identify a Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) who meets the DH criteria for the role, to supervise you for the 12 days of practice supervision.
Competency in practice to take a history and make a diagnosis for the conditions for which you will prescribe.
A current full enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check (within the last 3 years).
Previous study at the appropriate level:
1) For undergraduate (degree) level 6 you will need to provide evidence of your ability to study at this level.* (If you have achieved a full diploma (equivalent to 120 credits) you are deemed automatically ready to progress to degree level).
2) To be eligible for this course at postgraduate level 7 (masters) you will need a first degree, or be able to provide evidence of previous level 6 study.
Assessment on this course
There are three central components within the summative assessment:
Exam: A short answer question paper comprising 20 short answer questions to be taken over 90 minutes and a 30 minute drug calculation paper.
Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).
A portfolio of evidence Integrating Practice and theory, A 2 part practice and theory portfolio of evidence is required demonstrating course learning outcomes have been met. This aspect includes a 6000 word academic assignment.
Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.
Further information about the University's relationship with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is available in the PSRB register.