Prescribing is an area of professional development which is an essential component of specialist and advanced practice for health professionals. As such, it forms part of career structures and is commissioned by organisations that require prescribing for job roles.
Prescribing requires independent and supplementary prescribing knowledge and skills. This prescribing short course leads to a qualification in both. It's a requirement of the Professional Standards and Regulatory Body (PSRB) – either the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – that students complete a prescribing module prior to undertaking prescribing in practice.
The structure of this course reflects requirements from practice, i.e. a one-week block at the beginning and end of the course, and one day per week in between. Alongside this time at university, you're expected to undertake a minimum of 78 hours of supervised practice with a suitably qualified and experienced practice assessor.
Lectures and seminars will ensure learning is underpinned with relevant theoretical knowledge to inform safe and effective decision-making. Group work, problem-based learning (PBL), interactive discussions, workshops, and case-based analysis of practical experiences will assist you to explore and reflect upon prescribing practice.
Simulation and role-play activities will aid clinical assessment and diagnostic decision-making skills. Use of the virtual learning environment (VLE) and e-learning will facilitate learning through the use of formative numeracy and short answer assessment tasks and provide links to supporting information sources. Tutorials, both individual and group-based, will facilitate personal and professional development and provide peer support.
Assessment methods include:
This module is designed to meet the 'Standards for prescribing programmes' as outlined by the NMC (2018) and is underpinned by the principles detailed in the NMC documents 'Standards Framework for Nursing and Midwifery Education' (NMC 2018) and also 'Standards for student supervision and assessment' (NMC 2018). The competency framework that supports the practice element of this course is the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) 'A competency framework for prescribers' (2021), divided into the following areas:
You'll work in practice with an assigned practice assessor – a registered healthcare professional and experienced prescriber with suitable equivalent qualifications.
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To apply for this course:
In addition, you'll need to have written confirmation from:
The fee for this course is tbc.
The employer usually meets the cost – we advise you speak to your workforce development lead before applying.
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This information was correct at the time of publication.