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 prescribing designated medical practitioner for an equivalent of half a day per week (12 days) of educationally-led practice.
In complying with HCPC requirements, assessment will comprise successful completion of:
- Portfolio: a 5000 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 M level), 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”.