The content of the module is drawn from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Competency Framework for Prescribers and the learning outcomes are closely mapped to these:
- Assess the patient - Undertake a thorough history, including medication history and current medication (considering OTC, alternative and complementary therapy) to inform diagnosis.
- Consider the options - Understand the influence that can impact on prescribing.
- Reach a shared decision - Critically appraise, use sources information/advise and decision support systems in prescribing practice including clinical management plans where appropriate.
- Prescribe - Understand and apply knowledge of drug actions in prescribing practice and monitor response.
- Provide information - Assess, consult and communicate information to patients/clients, patents and carers.
- Monitor and review - Monitor and respond to drug actions and recognises unsafe practice/systems acting accordingly.
- Prescribe safely - Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively.
- Prescribe professionally - Practice within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility in relation to the relevant legislation for the registered health care professional body.
- Improve prescribing in practice - Use clinical supervision and reflective practice to critically analyse and evaluate their ongoing performance as independent prescribers and continuing professional development.
- Prescribe as part of a team - Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of others involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medicines and the need for inter-professional working and shared decision making.
In addition to the above, the module content includes:
- Anatomy and physiology.
- Person centred communication, information provision and shared decision making
- Legal, ethical and professional issues.
- Clinical pharmacology, including effects of co-morbidities
- Evidence based practice and issues of quality related to prescribing practice
- Professional accountability and responsibility
- Concordance strategies and overcoming clinical inertia
- Monitoring and reviewing strategies
- Prescribing in the team context
- Prescribing in the public health context including health promotion.
- Models of consultation and motivational interviewing
- Introductions to epidemiology
- Service user partnership and collaboration
- Consider prescribing options
- Prescribing safety
- Improving prescribing practice through reflection.
- Portfolio of independent and supplementary prescribing cases (total 4500 words): One independent prescribing essay of 2250 words, consisting of a client-specific case study to demonstrate the application of knowledge, skills and values as an independent prescriber, AND one supplementary prescribing essay of 2250 words, consisting of a client-specific case study that demonstrates application of knowledge, skills and values as a supplementary prescriber, which must include critical analysis and application of the clinical management plan (CMP).
- Numeracy examination: 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.
- Pharmacology examination: One 90 minute examination, consisting of 20 MCQs. Students need to score 80% in order to pass.
- Portfolio of Practice Evidence: Record of practice-based assessment and achievement of the NMC/HCPC proficiencies and the RPS practice competencies including supplementary prescribing.
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.