Non-medical Prescribing for Nurses, Pharmacists and Allied Health Professionals

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration Varied
  • Location Wrexham
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Course Highlights

Develop

a systematic, evidence-based and reflective approach to clinical decision making in prescribing practice.

Demonstrate

the critical thinking and decision-making skills required to prescribe safely.

95.7% of graduates

are in paid work or study 15 months after graduating*

Why choose this course?

Our non-medical prescribing modules enable you to develop the competence to practice safely and appropriately in relation to professional standards set by Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or Health Care Professional Council (HCPC).

  • Develop a systematic, evidence-based and reflective approach to clinical decision making in prescribing practice.
  • Critically examine and apply the relevant legislation to the practice of non-medical prescribing within a clinical governance framework including issues of record-keeping and the use of unlicensed medicines.
  • Apply knowledge of drug actions and interactions in prescribing practice.
  • Demonstrate critical insight into own effective communication/relationship with patient/clients, carers, other prescribers and members of the health care team.
  • 95.7% of graduates of this course are in paid work or study* *graduates surveyed 15 months graduating, WGU analysis of unpublished data.

Key course features

  • Competently undertake a clinical assessment/history, including medication history to inform a working diagnosis or if necessary, monitor and modify treatments plan including the use of unlicensed medicines or refer/consult/seek guidance from another member of the health care team.
  • Critically examine the complex influences –patients or carers wishes and values, that can affect prescribing practice demonstrating a systematic understanding by appropriate and ethical management of one’s own prescribing.
  • Critically reflect upon own and others role involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medicines.
  • Demonstrate the critical thinking and decision-making skills required to prescribe safety, appropriately and cost-effectively.
  • Practice competently within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility continuing to advance your own scholarship through continuing professional development.
  • Demonstrate a systematic and critical awareness of the public health issues relating to medicines use.
  • Demonstrate competence to take an appropriate history of a child, undertake a clinical assessment and make an appropriate decision based on the assessment to either diagnose or refer, having considered the legal, cognitive, emotional and physical differences between children and adults.
  • 95.7% of graduates of this course are in paid work or study* *graduates surveyed 15 months graduating, WGU analysis of unpublished data.

What you will study

Programmes available to study include:

  • The Independent/Supplementary prescribing for nurses (V300), Independent prescribing for pharmacists, Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Professions and Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for AHP programme provides an educational programme for nurses, midwives or specialist community public health nurses, pharmacists and allied health professions to prepare them for recording as non-medical prescribers by their respective professional bodies (NMC, GPhC and HCPC). The module is delivered at undergraduate (Level 6) for nurses and post-graduate (Level 7) for nurses and post-graduate (Level 7) only for pharmacists and allied health professionals.
  • Educational programme for Nurses to prescribe from the Community Practitioner Formulary (V150) is a 20 credit module that prepares nurses for recording as nurse prescribers by the NMC and enables them to prescribe from the Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary for Community Practitioners. The module is delivered at undergraduate (Level 6).
  • Community Nurse Prescribing (V100) is a 10 credit module that prepares nurses for recording as nurse prescribers by the NMC and enables them to prescribe from the Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary for Community Practitioners. The module is delivered at undergraduate (Level 6).

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

Admissions Criteria for Nurses, Midwives and Community Public Health Nurses:

  • Valid registration on Part 1, 2, and 3 of the Professional Register maintained by NMC.
  • Must have at least three years’ of post-registration clinical nursing experience as a practising nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse, and be deemed competent by your employer to undertake the programme. Of these three years, the year immediately preceding application to the programme must have been in the clinical field in which you intend to prescribe, e.g. Neonates, mental health. Part-time workers must have practised for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by their employer.
  • Must have appropriate experience in the area of practice in which they will be prescribing; the employing organisations will assess and confirm the appropriate experience AND competency in areas of practice. The NMC require employers to undertake an appraisal of a registrant’s suitability to prescribe before they apply for a training place. This includes the applicant’s ability to diagnose in their area of speciality and appropriate numeracy skills.
  • Applicants may enrol on a clinical assessment diagnosis and treatment module which starts in Semester 1 (October) prior to accessing the prescribing module in Semester 2 (January).

Admissions Criteria for Pharmacists:

  • Valid registration with GPhC or PSNI.
  • Must have at least 2 years’ patient orientated experience following their pre-registration year.
  • Have identified an area of clinical practice in which to develop their prescribing skill and have up to date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to their intended area of prescribing practice.
  • Must have written endorsement from their employer or sponsoring organization that they have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to their intended area of practice.
  • Must be able to demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own CPD. You are required to bring a copy of your portfolio with you to interview to verify your CPD activity.

 Admissions Criteria for Nurses AND Pharmacists:

  • For Level 6 study (nurses only), an ability to study at academic Level 6 must be evidenced. Candidates without a first degree must provide evidence of being able to work at Level 6, e.g. possession of a relevant diploma and/or may be asked to submit evidence of relevant experience and/or study.
  • For Level 7 study (pharmacists and nurses), all applicants must hold a degree or demonstrate evidence of study at masters level.
  • Support from the employing organisation whose responsibility it is to supply supervisors (medical practitioners) for the candidates and have the clinical governance structure to support the applicant.
  • Have a designated supervisory medical practitioner for pharmacists or Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor for nurses who will provide the student with supervision, support and opportunities to develop competencies in prescribing practice (including shadowing opportunities). Further information about the roles is provided in the application form.
  • Have a satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance.
  • Complete an application form for interview.
  • The selection process will include an interview for all short listed applicants.
  • All applicants must attend a panel interview with representative from academia and service.
  • All applicants must complete an educational audit form.

Admissions Criteria for the Supplementary Prescribing and Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Professions Modules: 

All physiotherapists, chiropodists/podiatrists, radiographers, dieticians and paramedics must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be registered with the Health Professions Council as either a physiotherapist or a podiatrist/chiropodist or a radiographer.
  • Paramedics must be an advanced practitioner.
  • Be professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to regularly use independent or supplementary prescribing.
  • Normally have 1 year of clinical experience since registration.
  • Be sponsored by their employing organisation.
  • Have a Practice Educator who has agreed to provide for the duration of the programme: 
    • Opportunities for the student to develop competence.
    • Supervision, support and practice assessment.
  • The Practice Educator must be recognised by the employer as having experience in the relevant field of practice and attended preparation for the Practice Educator role.
  • Have the ability to study at a minimum academic Level 7.
  • Have a satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance.
  • Have confirmation from his/her clinical manager that he/she is competent to take a history, undertake a clinical assessment and diagnose in their area of speciality.
  • Complete an application form for interview.
  • The selection process will include an interview for all short listed applicants.
  • All applicants must attend a panel interview with representative from academia and service.
  • All applicants must complete an educational audit form.

Admissions Criteria for the Educational Preparation for Nurses Without a Specialist Practitioner Qualification to Prescribe From the Community Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary Module:

All nurse applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hold valid registration on Part I of the Professional Register maintained by the NMC.
  • Normally have 2 years of clinical experience since registration.
  • Be sponsored by their employing organisation.
  • Be practising in/intending to practise in an area of clinical need for which prescribing from the Community Practitioner Formulary will improve patient/client care and service delivery.
  • Have a Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor who is a practising non-medical prescriber, who has agreed to provide supervision for the duration of the programme. Further information about the roles is provided in the application form.
  • Have the ability to study at a minimum academic Level 6.
  • Have a satisfactory enhanced DBS Clearance.
  • Have confirmation from his/her nurse manager that he/she is competent to take a history, undertake a clinical assessment and diagnose in their area of speciality.
  • Demonstrate appropriate numeracy skills.
  • Complete an application form for interview.

Admissions Criteria for the Community Nurse Prescribing Module:

All nurse applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Secured a place on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing and Community Specialist Practice – District Nursing programme.

Private Sector – Non-NHS Settings

Pharmacists, Nurses and Allied Health Professionals who work outside NHS settings where clinical governance systems may differ or may not be applied in the same way, must ensure that they comply with the requirements to demonstrate their competence to practice. Students will be required to show in their application form and provide written evidence at interview of:

  • How they audit their practice. 
  • Keep up to date with current guidance.
  • How they safeguard the patients in their care within the clinical governance framework.
  • Two professional references from professionals who have a current professional qualification on NMC, HCPC, GPhC OR GMC register.

Applying

You will need to apply to the health board for a commissioned place to study on the programme. Private sector, non –NHS applicants can apply directly to the university, but available places will depend on the number of commissioned places.

There is one intake per year starting in January. You can apply direct to the University by contacting postregadmissions@glyndwr.ac.uk.

 

Teaching & Assessment

Students will be assessed via the following methods:

  • Reflective Log 50% 4,000 words.
  • Portfolio with OSCE’s.
  • Clinical Management Plan with Narrative 50% 2,500 words.
  • Unseen examination consisting of MCQ’s and short answer questions (80% pass required).
  • Unseen examination consisting of Numeracy /Drug calculation test (100% pass required).

Teaching and Learning

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping you deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

Independent/Supplementary prescribing for nurses (V300), Independent prescribing for pharmacists, Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health Professions and Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for AHP  consists of 400 hours of student effort and is a minimum of 26 theoretical days (1 study day per week) and 12 practice days (38 days in total equivalent to 78 hours for Nurses and 90 hours for Pharmacists and Allied health professionals) delivered over a six-month period. Within this they will spend a minimum of one day each week in University undertaking theoretical learning.

Educational programme for Nurses to prescribe from the Community Practitioner Formulary (V150)  taught element is a total of 10 days of theoretical learning over 6 months and 65 hours of practice learning.

Community Nurse Prescribing (V100), is taught as a module in Semester 1 on the SCPHN and Community Specialist Practice programmes only.

 

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be able to record your qualification with your respective professional body.

Students will be able to apply for clinical posts in a wide range of areas of practice that require a non-medical prescriber.

You’ll also be able to improve your performance, and enhance patient care in the role in which you are already working.

Fees & funding

Funding may be available from the Welsh Government for Health Care Professionals working within Wales.

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 are TBC.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our Fees and Funding pages.

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.

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