Non-Medical Prescribing (v300)

(Application Code SNM - Level 6 Honours)

Key details

Academic credit: 30 CATS Credits at Level 6 Honours

Runs in: Semester 1 or 2

Consists of: 12 taught and 14 e-learning days. Students are also required to complete a minimum of 12 days (84 hours) supervised practice.

Deadline for applications: 9 December 2016 (January 2017 entry), 11 August 2017 (September 2017 entry), 8 December 2017 (January 2018 entry)

The Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) course provides a programme of preparation for registered nurses and midwives to prescribe safely and competently as independent prescribers.

Course content

The course comprises one double (d) module

  • Module U46373 Non-Medical Prescribing (v300)

The course introduces pharmacology, legal and ethical prescribing, interpersonal skills and quality assurance aspects of prescribing. These are underpinned by reflection on your own experience, evaluation of your own performance and application of theory to practice. It also enables participants to be aware of current developments within non-medical prescribing in the UK.

The course assessment comprises a:

  • Formative and summative objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) (Pass/Fail).
  • Formative and summative Numeracy assessment (Pass/Fail).
  • Formative and summative Pharmacology assessment (Pass/Fail).
  • Portfolio of prescribing evidence (Graded)
  • Completion of 12 days (84 hours) supervised practice (Pass/Fail)

Access criteria

Access to this course is available to all practitioners who meet the following criteria. You must:

  • Have studied at academic undergraduate Honours degree level, or be able to provide evidence of your potential to study at this level.
  • Be a Registered Nurse, Specialist Community Public Health Nurse or Midwife whose name is held on the relevant part of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.
  • Have at least three years post-registration experience and be deemed competent by your employer to undertake the course. Of these three years, the year immediately preceding application to the course must have been in the clinical field in which you intend to prescribe.
  • Have successfully completed a history-taking and assessment module or be deemed competent in practice to take a history and make a diagnosis for the conditions for which they will prescribe.
  • Have a current satisfactory full enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check (within the last three years).
  • Have current Occupational Health Screening.
  • Have the written support of your employer for you to undertake the Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) short course.
  • Have a designated medical practitioner who meets the eligibility criteria as recommended by the Department of Health for the medical supervision of non-medical prescribers and who agrees to provide the required term of supervised practice.
  • Have patients/client with clinical needs within your current role to justify prescribing.
  • Have sufficient knowledge to apply prescribing principles taught on the course to your own clinical area and field of practice.
  • Have the confirmed agreement from the Trust’s Non-Medical Prescribing lead in order to undertake the course.

If you meet these criteria, your next step is to submit an application form with all the required documents. If you are ready to apply then please make an application through the online application service. You will need to register for the portal before proceeding with your application.

Note: Applicants who need to provide evidence of their potential to study should contact the Programme Administrator who will be able to advise you on the nature and extent of the evidence that will be required.

Note: All applicants will need to provide a copy of a current full enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check (within the last 3 years) and evidence of occupational health clearance prior to being accepted onto the course. This is an NMC requirement.


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