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Non-Medical Prescribing

Designed for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals looking for part-time study at undergraduate level, Non-medical Prescribing allows you to add further recordable qualifications to your Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registers.

Overview

If you are a pharmacist looking for a non-medical prescribing course, please visit our Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists page.

Reasons to study Non-Medical Prescribing at DMU:

  • Nurses and midwives will be awarded the NMC recorded qualification V300 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing
  • Physiotherapists and podiatrists will be awarded the HCPC recorded qualification Independent and Supplementary Prescriber
  • Radiographers will be awarded the HCPC recorded qualification Supplementary Prescriber
  • Our academic team are all experienced independent and/or supplementary prescribers from primary and secondary care settings in nursing, midwifery and pharmacy; ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice
  • An essential part of your study will be in your current practice setting, under the guidance of a designated medical practitioner, facilitated by a personal tutor and supported by a non-medical practitioner - you will receive all the support you need
  • Benefit from innovative teaching styles ensuring that your training meets the continually changing needs of the sector
  • Our highly experienced academics have been supporting nurses, midwives and allied health professionals to become prescribers for more than 12 years, with over 300 aesthetic nurses trained successfully
  • You will also receive dedicated pharmacology lectures delivered by professionals from our Leicester School of Pharmacy

The course’s leading principle is to prepare you to deliver high quality care; equipping you with the skills to:

  • Prescribe safely and effectively
  • Use resources to their optimum effect for service users
  • Improve wellbeing and reduce inequalities
  • Provide evidence-based effective care
  • Engage in policy making and actively participate in the multi-disciplinary prescribing team

“The staff were very helpful and supportive and I would say that this is a strong virtue of DMU”
Martin Doherty, graduate

How to apply

Initially contact your education and prescribing lead, as they will need to be involved in approving your application and interviewing with the university.

Download the generic application form and combined enrolment form and then appendix that relates to Non-medical Prescribing. Once all sections are completed then contact the programme leader to arrange an interview and bring the application form to this interview.

Application forms and guidance notes

 

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Course code: B70042

Duration:
Attendance is one day per week over two semesters. The autumn cohort attends on a Thursday all day and the spring cohort on a Tuesday.

In addition, you are expected to undertake 78 hours of observed practice supervised by a medical mentor to achieve the practice competencies for prescribing. There is a programme induction day at the beginning of the programme.

You will be required to attend an interview before being accepted onto the programme.

This programme runs twice per year

  • In all lectures for the Non-Medical Prescribing programme (NMP) Thursdays from 8 October 2015 (autumn cohort)
  • In all lectures for the NMP programme Tuesday 2 February 2016 (spring cohort)

Students undertake 78 hours of supervised practice supervised by and assessed by their Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) over the two semesters.

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
Part-time 15 credit taught module £525

Those working in the NHS may be eligible for funding from the Education Commission Unit of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority.

Learning Beyond Registration Funding

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Not available to international students.

Entry criteria

Effective registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for more than 3 years.

  • Working in the field in which the applicant wishes to prescribe for more than one year
  • Evidence of successful level 6 study in the last five years
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check within two years of start of programme for NMC or three months of programme commencement date for HCPC
  • Successful completion of a module that includes diagnostic, examination and consultation skills or equivalent e.g. NMAH 3314 or SPEC 5604
  • Possess a BSc (hons) at 2:2 classification or above
  • The applicant must be able to demonstrate appropriate numeracy skills through a numeracy assessment undertaken by practice lead or at interview (to be further developed within the context of prescribing and assessed on the course)
  • All applicants must attend for an interview. Please contact the programme leader to arrange this when you begin to apply 

This module cannot be taken as a standalone module

Entry criteria for those undertaking as a stand-alone module:

  • Undertaken successful level 6 academic study within the last five years
  • First degree 2:2 or above
  • Effective professional registration
  • No interview required

FAQ Non-medical Prescribing

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise

 

Course modules

You will study four modules to achieve a total of 60 postgraduate academic credits and professional recordable prescribing award:

  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Prescribers (30 credits) - will prepare you to understand and apply the principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics directly related to prescribing practice. Practitioners will have the opportunity to critically analyse evidence-based practice, including risk assessment and management and to synthesise information relating to their own area of practice. Outline content includes pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, adverse drug reactions, numeracy, safe principles of prescribing, anatomy and physiology across the life span. Assessment comprises a three-hour pharmacology exam, a one-hour numeracy exam and a poster algorithm with critical supporting document (2,000 words).
    This runs over two semesters for 30 credits and will run in semesters one and two for the autumn cohort and two and X 
    for the spring cohort
  • Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues for Prescribers (15 credits) - focuses on critically evaluating and synthesising ideas from the evidence in relation to the legal, ethical and professional issues implicit in non-medical prescribing decision making and consultations. Outline content includes legislation and policies related to prescribing, accountability and responsibility for assessment, diagnosis and prescribing independently and within the multi-disciplinary team, patient safety in supervising, managing and evaluating prescribing decisions and prescribing effectively within a finite prescribing budget. Assessment comprises a 3,000-word essay.
    This runs over one semester for 15 credits and will run in semester one for the autumn cohort and semester two for the spring cohort
  • Applied Prescribing in the Clinical Context (15 credits) – aims to critically evaluate the skills required for a comprehensive consultation for safe effective prescribing. In addition, it is designed to promote synthesis of ideas influential in prescribing decision-making. Outline content includes appraisal of self and others regarding consultation skills in achieving medicines adherence, external pressures impacting on prescribing and different management options used to treat patients. Assessment comprises a 3,000-word case study.
    This runs over one semester for 15 credits and will run in semester two for the autumn cohort and semester X
     for the spring cohort.
  • Prescribing in Practice for Nurses and Midwives/Allied Health Professionals 
    (0 credits) – prepares students to prescribe from the British National Formulary (BNF) as both independent and supplementary prescribers for nurses and midwives or as a supplementary prescriber for allied health professionals. Outline content includes application of theory to practice, rationale for prescribing decisions, numeracy skills, writing prescriptions and prescribing in a range of scenarios. All practice experiences and practice outcomes for the whole course are based within this module and are submitted within the practice portfolio.
    This runs over two semesters for zero credits and will run in semesters one and two for autumn cohort and two and X 
    for the spring cohort. 

If you are studying the Non-medical Prescribing PG Cert, you will automatically be enrolled on these four modules. It is possible to undertake the first three modules as stand-alone continuing professional development (CPD) modules; ideally suiting those who are already non-medical prescribers. The programme induction days do not apply to those applicants and interviews will not be required. You will not need a medical mentor in this case.

Teaching and assessment

The teaching and learning approaches in the programme are designed to draw on the students’ current experiences and encourage the application of newly acquired knowledge to practice through shared learning. This includes promoting a high standard of assessment and clinical decision making for safe prescribing by relating research/evidence based theory to practice.

There is an enquiry-based focus to the curriculum, but other student-centred activities include:

  • Case studies
  • Scenarios
  • Small group work
  • Action learning sets
  • Workshops
  • Podcasts
  • Reflection
  • Student presentations

Supervised consultations with service users in practice- and clinically-focused tutorials

It is through the variety of student-centred activities that all students will develop the skills to critique and synthesise ideas, evaluate and reframe arguments and apply the knowledge to clinical practice. The ability of the student to be able to evaluate the evidence base for prescribing practice is a core theme that runs throughout the programme.

To recognise the importance of the partnership approach between the university and our practice partners to prescribing education, the personal tutor, module tutors and designated medical practitioners (DMP) will work together to provide support and guidance for the student while on placement, and will be involved in the monitoring of the students’ progress, the acquisition of skills and the integration of knowledge into practice.

The use of technology enhanced learning and information technology skills will be taught and developed throughout the programme to enable students to access information to maximise their learning; enabling them to succeed within the modern workplace. This will include making maximum use of our Virtual Learning Environment. An essential part of the teaching and learning associated with the programme will take place in practice settings under the guidance of a DMP and facilitated by their personal tutor.

Students will also be supported by a designated qualified nurse prescriber/lead midwife for education or supplementary prescriber within allied health who will take up the role of preceptor at the end of the programme. This will provide a platform of transition into prescribing practice with the support of an experienced mentor, forged upon a partnership developed during the programme.

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week may vary. However, typically you will have up to 6 contact hours of teaching  a week and this will break down as:

Medium group teaching: 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Personal study: 4-6 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs and online activities.

Academic expertise

Our academic team comprises a wide range of nurse prescribers from a variety of practice backgrounds and this is further strengthened by our pharmacy lecturers form our school of pharmacy, some of whom are also prescribers.

This provides a wealth of experience and knowledge to support a stimulating and challenging learning experience. We also access visiting speakers for certain specialist expertise from practice settings.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilties

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

You will need to complete 78 hours practice experience where you are able to observe and reflect on other prescribing decisions. You will need to work with your Designated Medical Practitioners to achieve the prescribing competencies for this programme.

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Graduate careers

This advanced specialist recordable qualification for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will be a valuable asset in your professional toolkit. It is designed to prepare advanced and specialist practitioners with the critical thinking skills to influence and develop quality and innovation in prescribing service delivery within the prescribing team, with the aim of promoting greater safety and quality care for your patients.

100% of graduates are successful within six months of graduating earning an average salary of £41,000 (DLHE 2012/13).

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