Non Medical Prescribing HEA4105


Covid-19 - Course Impact Statement

Non-Medical Prescribing provides an exciting and challenging opportunity for Nurses, Midwives, Pharmacists and eligible Allied Health Professionals to expand their roles to meet the needs of their patients and service to improve access to appropriate medication.
This Level 7 module is designed to provide the practitioner with the knowledge and skills to prescribe safely and appropriately within their area of practice and current non-medical prescribing legislation.

Successful completion of the module enables the practitioner to annotate their professional registration with a prescribing qualification.*

*The GPhC require that students & potential students are made aware that the successful completion of an accredited course is not a guarantee of annotation or of future employment as a pharmacist independent prescriber.

Module Code: HEA4105
Level: 7
Credits: 30
Cost: £1,600 for Sept 2020 to July 2022

Who is this module for?

The module is designed to meet the needs of Nurses, Pharmacists and eligible* Allied Health Professionals and their employers. Before commencing the module Nurses require a minimum of 3 years' post-registration clinical experience, including one year preceding application in the clinical field within which they intend to prescribe. Pharmacists require a minimum of two years' appropriate patient orientated experience, practicing in a hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year after graduation. eligible Allied Health Professionals also require a minimum of 3 years' relevant post qualification experience.
* 'Edge Hill University is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council to prepare chiropodists / podiatrists, therapeutic radiographers, paramedics and physiotherapists as independent prescribers, and to prepare diagnostic radiographers and dieticians as supplementary prescribers.'

What are the key aims of the programme?

• To prepare Pharmacists, Allied Health Professionals and Nurses to practice as prescribers within the criteria and standards set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
• To examine the policies and procedures in influencing the specific professional’s role relating to non-medical prescribing.
• To enhance the practitioner’s problem solving and reflective skills within the consultation, assessment and interpretation processes to ensure effective safe and competent patient management.
• To develop the practitioner’s pharmacological and therapeutic knowledge, understanding and application to ensure safe, appropriate and competent prescribing practice.

How Will I Study?

This module normally requires attendance at 26 sessions, one full day session per week for 26 weeks, in addition to 12 days of practice placement.

What will I study?

The principles of prescribing; national guidelines/directions; assessment and consultation in safe and appropriate prescribing; pharmacology including pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics; patient adherence and drug responses; professional accountability; record keeping; independent and supplementary prescribing; legal, policy and ethical aspects of prescribing; risk assessment and risk management; reflective practice.

How will I be assessed?

To obtain 30 credits at level 7 and record a prescribing qualification with your professional regulator ( GPhC, HCPC or NMC) , you must submit a portfolio of evidence and pass both the theoretical and practical assessment components of the module . Regardless of previous learning or experience, in line with professional regulatory body requirements and University RP(E)L regulations, you must undertake all assessments.
Assessment includes:
• 1 hour unseen multiple choice & short answer written examination –
• 30 minute unseen medication based calculation examination;
• 15 minute OSCE Examination including the taking of a comprehensive assessment, appropriate patient management and prescription writing;
• Portfolio - developed during the practice placement experience and submitted as evidence of the development of prescribing practice, achievement of learning outcomes and completion of hours. Assessment of the portfolio will be based upon the broad module themes that address each of the learning outcomes. These are: -
- The principles of prescribing;
- Pharmacology;
- Legal & ethical issues;
- Assessment and diagnosis;
- Clinical management.
• The portfolio enables the learner to explore the module themes, demonstrate theoretical understanding, use critical analysis skills, and apply theory to practice commensurate with level 7 study.
• Practice Assessment: The development and achievement of identified competencies to a required level; assessed by way of a continuous and collaborative approach involving yourself and your Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) mentor.

Study Dates and Venues

Further Information

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake

To apply for this module, please download an application pack. In addition to completing the application pack, please complete the University online module application form and attach the completed application pack in the document upload section of this online form.

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This module can be studied on a standalone basis.