The curriculum will be contemporary, and will meet the current professional, statutory and regulatory body requirements and will include:
- decision making and therapy for all age groups (including children)
- influences on, and psychology of, prescribing
- prescribing in a team context
- clinical pharmacology including the effects of co-morbidity
- evidence based practice and clinical governance in relation to non-medical prescribing
- legal, policy, professional and ethical aspects
- professional accountability and responsibility
- prescribing in the public health context
This unit may be delivered using a range of learning and teaching strategies, including: blended learning, e-learning, lectures, workshops, presentations, directed study, tutorials, and independent study.
Total learning hours
The total length of the unit shall be a minimum of 26 days, with an additional 12 days, equivalent of 90 hours of supervised learning in practice.
To meet these requirements, NMC registrants require a suitably qualified Practice Assessor and HCPC registrants require a suitably qualified Practice Educator.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has developed a Competency Framework for the role of Practice Assessor and Practice Educator. Further details can be found on the application form.
In addition to a Practice Assessor, all NMC registrants are required to be supervised by a range of Practice Supervisors for the duration of the course.
This course enables nurses to be recommended to the NMC for the V300 qualification, and AHPs to be recommended to the HCPC as an independent and/supplementary prescriber.
All applicants must satisfy one of the current professional entry criteria for entry to the Non-Medical Prescribing programme:
- Nurses must meet the NMC (2006) requirements for independent/ supplementary prescribing.
- HCPC registered physiotherapists, podiatrists, paramedics and therapeutic radiographers must meet the AHPf (2018) requirements for independent/supplementary prescribing. The requirement that paramedics be working at the advanced practice level or equivalent is, therefore, crucial to admission to prescribing programmes.
- HCPC registered diagnostic radiographers and dietitians must meet the AHPf (2018) requirements for supplementary prescribing.
The Lead Midwife for Education is expected to work with the programme lead for prescribing to ensure adequate support for students who are midwives. The Practice Assessor is also expected to work in collaboration with the Lead Midwife for Education and the student’s personal tutor where relevant (NMC 2006: standard 7).
- Pharmacology Exam
- Drug Calculation Exam
- Practice Portfolio, including video OSCE
- Written Assignment