Learning in practice
The course requires you to identify a medical practitioner (known as a Designated Medical Practitioner or DMP) who will act as your mentor and allow you to observe prescribing in their practice. Students spend 90 hours working in practice; this is in addition to the study days at DMU. For further information regarding the requirements of a DMP, please refer to the documents referenced above, and if you have any further questions, please contact the module leader directly, using the contact details above.
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Part of the application process requires you to identify why there is a need to prescribe in your area, how you will use your qualification in practice and how this will benefit patient care. You choose which therapeutic area you would like to prescribe in, in line with your practice - this then becomes your 'area of competence' and you undertake appropriate CPD to prove that you are competent in this area. You are expected to have a good working knowledge of your area of clinical competence when you apply for the course.
If your employer is not paying your course fees then we also require a letter from your local trust/CCG/practice or other organisation to state that they support you becoming a prescriber in the area of competence you have chosen and they will support you as a qualified prescriber. See our website for information on how to apply to this course.
Please note that you must complete a DMU application form (if you have note studied with us before) in addition to a course specific application form, which is available on the website. Supporting evidence from your employer and DMP will also be required.
Suitable candidates will be interviewed as part of the selection process for this course.