Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) HEA790


Covid-19 - Course Impact Statement

Non-Medical Prescribing provides an exciting and challenging opportunity for Nurses, Midwives, Pharmacists and relevant Allied Health Professionals to expand their roles to meet the needs of their patients and service to improve access to appropriate medication.

This 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: HEA790
Level: 6
Credits: 45
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* AHPs 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 in which they intend to prescribe. Pharmacists a minimum of two years' appropriate patient orientated experience practising in a hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year after graduation and AHPs 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?

  • Provide opportunities for the practitioner to enhance existing knowledge and skills relating to non-medical prescribing;
  • Enable the practitioner to appraise the relevant sources of information advice and support available and apply them to make appropriate decisions in prescribing practice;
  • Examine from a critical perspective issues of professional accountability and responsibility as they relate to non-medical prescribing and work appropriately within this framework;
  • Utilise reflective and analytical skills to improve and develop 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?

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

How will I be assessed?

To achieve the professional prescribing qualification and obtain 45 credits at level 6 students must pass both theoretical and practical assessment components of the module and submit a portfolio of evidence. Regardless of previous learning or experience, in line with professional regulatory body requirements and University RP(E)L regulations, students must undertake all assessments.

Assessment includes:

  • 1.5 hour unseen multiple choice & short answer examination - including calculations;
  • 15 minute OSCE Examination including prescription writing;
  • 3,000 word prescribing case study submitted as part of the reflective portfolio;
  • Practice Assessment: Development and achievement of identified skills to a required level; assessed by way of continuous and collaborative approach involving the practitioner and their medical mentor;
  • A portfolio - This will be submitted as evidence of the development of prescribing practice, achievement of learning outcomes and completion of hours of learning.

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.

It is an optional module for the following programmes: