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.
The small cohort size lends itself to an informal teaching approach in which discussion and debate amongst the group is encouraged. Our virtual learning environment provides a point of resource and communication between students and academics.
Practice-based assessment typically includes: a portfolio and reflective log of clinical experience, presentation of a treatment algorithm, objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) assessment, and written assessments.
The course is delivered over a period of 11 taught days and competencies in the chosen clinical area are covered by 90 hours in clinical practice under the guidance of their designated medical practitioner. The five credit conversion course requires attendance at 16 hours of workshops and seminars on campus, and 15 hours in clinical practice.