Continuing Professional Development

Preparation for Non-Medical Prescribing Nurses, Midwives and SCPHN's

Overview

The details
Preparation for Non-Medical Prescribing Nurses, Midwives and SCPHN’s
HS604
30 credits
Level 7
16 January 2020
Colchester Campus, Southend Campus

Please note this module may have multiple start dates and may run in more than one location.  Visit our CPD page to  view our module calendar which indicates all start dates, course locations, application deadlines and more information about how the modules are assessed.

This Nursing and Midwifery Council accredited module is for registered nurses who wish to prescribe as both an independent prescriber, and a supplementary prescriber working  in partnership with an Independent Prescriber and the patient. It is relevant to all healthcare settings where nurses act as independent and supplementary prescribers.

The module is designed to ensure that you become a competent and confident prescriber by developing your knowledge on pharmacology, prescribing competencies, relevant legal frameworks and through the improvement and updating of relevant skills such as consultation and assessment.

Through successfully completing this module you will be able to enhance patient care by providing quicker and more efficient access to healthcare and make the very best use of your own skills.

This module fits well into our MA Professional Practice pathway, or our MSc Health Care Practice pathway.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module you will be able to:

  1. Undertake assessment and consultation with patients and carers, encompassing a thorough history (including medication, over the counter treatments and complementary therapies) to inform diagnosis.
  2. Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively, demonstrating an awareness of the influences on prescribing practice, and the roles and relationships of others involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medication.
  3. Introduce measures to monitor the effects of prescribed medication demonstrating knowledge of drug actions.
  4. Work effectively within the legislative framework relevant to the practice of Nurse Prescribing.
  5. Access and utilise local and national sources of information, advice and support in prescribing practice.
  6. Work with patients and carers to enhance their coping strategies.
  7. Practise within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility in relation to Nurse Prescribing.
  8. Promote partnership and patient involvement in their own care through effective communication.
  9. Develop a clinical management plan within legislative requirements.

Accreditation and professional recognition

On successful completion of the course students will be entitled to register with the NMC as an independent non-medical prescriber. Please note the NMC request a one-off fee for this.

Our expert staff

Experts within various specialist fields support sessions through out the timetable. This includes a pharmacist who delivers the pharmacology content. We also have expert lecturers within our own team who contribute on key subject matters.

What our participants say

“Felt supported”

“I loved coming to the University of Essex; the best place to study!!”

“Module lead always available via email and Moodle for any queries”

“I enjoyed all the lectures by the pharmacist and found that I was able to consolidate the knowledge I already had”

“Very informative and interesting content”

“Well organised. Previous exam papers were very helpful for preparation”

“E-learning at the end of course gave chance to have time to do portfolio work & hours with NMP”

“Challenged my learning & reinforced my existing knowledge”

“Loved the course”

Entry Requirements

- Are registered with the NMC as a first-level nurse - Have a minimum of three years experience as a qualified nurse - Have worked in the area of practice in which you will be prescribing for a minimum of one year - Have identified a designated medical practitioner, who will provide you with supervision and support to develop - Have evidence that you are competent to undertake a consultation and assessment with patients - Have a current DBS certificate

Structure

Module Outline

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 - pharmacology - 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 prescribing designated medical practitioner for an equivalent of half a day per week (12 days) of educationally-led practice.

Assessment strategy

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 Mlevel), 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”.

Fees and funding

For more information on CPD funding please visit www.essex.ac.uk/departments/health-and-social-care/cpd/funding

What's next

For more information on what next, and how to apply please visit www.essex.ac.uk/departments/health-and-social-care/cpd/how-to-apply

Get in touch

You can contact our reception on 01206 872854, who will direct your query to the appropriate module contact. You can also contact the CPD team on cpd@essex.ac.uk