Teaching and learning disclaimer
Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.
The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.
The programme will run over a period of six months, during which there will be 28 days of both contact time and self-directed learning in order for the theory component to be delivered. The module will cover all of the areas that would be expected of a safe and effective prescriber:
- knowledge of anatomy and physiology
- consultation and assessment
- psycho-social aspects of prescribing
- effective medicines management
- legal and ethical issues
- special groups
- health promotion.
Between study days, you will be expected to shadow your practice assessor/practice mentor for an equivalent of half a day per week (78 hours) of educationally-led practice.
In complying with NMC requirements, assessment will comprise successful completion of:
- Portfolio: a 4500 client-specific reflective analysis in the form of 2 case studies (one of which should illustrate independent prescribing, and the other should be of supplementary prescribing). This assessment has a 40% pass mark at level 6 (or 50% at Level 7, and forms 80% of the marks.
- One 90 minute written final examination based upon pharmacology, consisting of 10 multiple-choice questions and 10 short answer questions. This assessment has an 80% pass mark, and forms 20% of the total marks for the module.
- One 30 minute drug calculation examination, consisting of five multiple choice questions. This assessment is marked as “pass” or “fail”, but the student must answer all questions correctly.
- Completion of the logbook with the designated medical mentor to assess practice-based competency. This assessment is marked as “pass” or “fail”.