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Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (V300) Level 7

This programme is designed to prepare students to work as an independent/supplementary prescriber.

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Overview

This postgraduate (Level 7) programme is designed to prepare nurses (Level 1) and midwives registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as well as physiotherapists /podiatrists/paramedics or therapeutic radiographers registered with the Health Care professions Council (HCPC) to register as Independent/Supplementary Prescriber on completion of the programme.

In addition, dieticians and diagnostic radiographers registered with the HCPC can register as a Supplementary Prescriber on completion of the programme. The Prescribing Competency Framework.

On successful completion the student will be awarded 45 credits at level 7 in addition to the professional qualification. Alternatively, this programme can be studied as an undergraduate (level 6)

Pharmacists wishing to undertake the prescribing programme should visit the practice certificate in Prescribing for Pharmacists page.

One of the major changes promoted within the NHS 5 Year Forward plan is the changing roles of nurses/midwives and allied health professionals who with appropriate training can undertake some of the roles previously under taken by doctors. The Independent/Supplementary Prescribing (V300) programme addresses this by preparing nurses/midwives and allied health professionals to prescribe.

The programme has been validated by the NMC and prepares students to prescribe from the BNF within their competency and professional bodies’ authorisation.

The curriculum has been designed with expert advice from a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and academics to address the academic and clinical demands of the role of a prescriber.

The programme is designed to have a 50:50 split between theory and practice. You will be taught general principles in class, but will need to relate these to your own practice area with the support of your practice supervisor and practice assessor. You must complete 12 days (84 hours) in a supernumerary capacity observing a variety of prescribing decisions. The student will be allocated time for these practice days but is responsible for organising suitable experiences to enhance their knowledge.

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.

Complete the online application form. Once it has been processed you will be asked to complete a number of appendices.

Application forms and guidance notes
Application form appendices

For further information contact

Hilary Field
Senior Lecturer
T: 0116 201 3892
E:  hfield@dmu.ac.uk

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Course code: B23081

Duration:
This Masters level ( Level 7) programme runs twice per year, January 2020 and September 2020. If  you wish to study at degree level, please follow the link (level 6)

Attendance is one day per week over two semesters. The September - May cohort attends on a Thursday and the January - August cohort on a Tuesday. 
Full date information

Students undertake 84 hours of supervised practice supervised by and assessed by their practice supervisor/practice assessor over the two semesters.

Start date: January 2020 (19/20 entry) and September 2020 (20/21 entry)

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

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

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 For 2020/21 full-time fees please see the LBR page. Part-time tuition fees will be £2,900

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Entry criteria

        Candidates should:
      • Be a nurse (level 1) or midwife registered with the NMC or a physiotherapist/podiatrist/ paramedic/ therapeutic radiographer/ dietician or diagnostic radiographer registered with the HCPC
      • Possess a degree at 2:2 or above (or equivalent)
      • Have been on the relevant professional register for a minimum of one year
      • Be competent in: patient assessment, diagnostics, planning and evaluation of care
      • Have the support of a suitably qualified practice supervisor and practice assessor
      • Have the support of a prescriber willing to take on the role of continuing professional development facilitator on qualification.
      • Have, if applicable, managerial and non-medical prescribing lead support (for self-employed candidates this is not required but a professional reference is required instead.)
      • Complete a placement audit for their practice area
      • Complete a good health good character form
      • Have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check within 3 years of start of the Programme
      • Be interviewed by the prescribing team/practice staff
      For information about the requirements for the role of practice supervisor and practice assessor 

For information about the requirements for the role of practice supervisor and practice assessor please click here.

English language requirements:

If English is not the applicant’s first language they must complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The applicant must provide an IELTS certificate to confirm a minimum score of 7.0, in reading, listening and speaking as well as a level 6.5 in writing

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise

 

In order to achieve the professional qualification of Independent/Supplementary (V300) Prescriber students must pass 2 modules:

PRES 5005 Applied Prescribing

PRES 5006 Pharmacology for Prescribers.

PRES 3005 Applied Prescribing Module

This is a 30 credit module taught over 2 semesters.

It is assessment by the completion of:

  • practice portfolio  (pass/fail)
  • two reflections of 2000 words each (pass mark 50%)

The practice portfolio is assessed by the practice assessor in conjunction with the practice supervisor and academic assessor and is designed to ensure that you meet the competencies contained within “A competency Framework for all prescribers” (Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 2016)

PRES 3006 Pharmacology for Prescribers Module

This is a 15 credit module and is assessed by:

  • 30 minute numeracy exam (pass mark 100%)
  • 2 hour pharmacology exam (pass mark 80%)
  • 2500 word assignment (pass mark 50%)

Teaching and assessment

As you are studying at postgraduate level you are expected to take responsibility for your own learning and contextualising the information given in class to your own specific practice area.

You will be taught alongside students studying at undergraduate level and will benefit from inter-professional learning as students from a variety of specialities and professional background are taught together. The teaching is a mix of lectures, tutorials, action learning sets and self-directed study. The timetable will vary but you can expect approximately 4 hours taught information per week and approximately 4 hours private study a week.  Students can find the pharmacology challenging particularly if it is a new subject, so you will need to re-visit these lecture notes to consolidate your learning.

The course is delivered on a Thursday from September to May and on a Tuesday from January to August

Link to actual taught days

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.

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Health and Life Sciences facilities

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.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.

Library services

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

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Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

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.

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