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Professional course

Non-Medical Prescribing

About this course

Course code:
Z51000077
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Nursing and Midwifery
Programme leader:
Debbie Moreno-Chamorro
Key fact:
This course is delivered in Bristol, Plymouth, Truro, Bridgewater and Gloucester.

Page last updated 19 September 2017

Introduction

During the Non Medical Prescribing module (UZTRTU-40-M and UZTRTV-40-3) you will cover:

  • Consultation, decision making and therapy
  • Influences on and psychology of prescribing
  • Prescribing in a team context
  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to nurse prescribing
  • Legal, policy and ethical aspects
  • Professional accountability and responsibility
  • Prescribing in the public health context
  • Consultation, decision making and therapy
  • Influences on and psychology of prescribing
  • Prescribing in a team context
  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to nurse prescribing
  • Legal, policy and ethical aspects
  • Professional accountability and responsibility
  • Prescribing in the public health context

Entry requirements

You must fulfil current entry requirements set by your professional body in relation to prescribing practice.

Careers / Further study

This course can contribute towards:

BSc (Hons) Specialist Practice
MSc Advanced Practice
MSc Specialist Practice
MSc Integrated Professional Development
Postgraduate Diploma Integrated Professional Development
Graduate Diploma Integrated Professional Development
BSc(Hons) Integrated Professional Development

Structure

Content

Consultation, Decision-making and Therapy including Referral

  • Models of consultation
  • Accurate assessment, communication and consultation with patients and their carers
  • Concepts of working diagnosis or best formulation
  • Development of a management plan
  • Confirmation of diagnosis, further examination, investigation, referral for diagnosis
  • Prescribe, not to prescribe, non-drug treatment or referral for treatment

Influences on and Psychology of Prescribing

  • Patient demand versus patient need
  • External influences, for example companies/colleagues
  • Patient partnership in medicine-taking including awareness of cultural and ethnic needs
  • Conformance, normalisation of professional prescribing behaviour
  • Achieving shared understanding and negotiating a plan of action

Prescribing in a Team Context

  • National and local guidelines, protocols, policies, decision support systems and formulae: rationale, adherence to and deviation from
  • Understand the role and functions of other team members
  • Documentation, with particular reference to communication between team members including electronic prescribing and developing Clinical Management
  • Plans for supplementary prescribing
  • Auditing, monitoring and evaluating prescribing practice
  • Interface between multiple prescribers and the management of potential conflict
  • Budget / cost effectiveness
  • Issues relating to dispensing practices

Evidence-based Practice and Clinical Governance in relation to Non Medical Prescribing

  • National and local guidelines, protocols, policies, decision support systems and formulae: rationale, adherence to and deviation from
  • Continuing professional development: role of self and organisation
  • Management of change
  • Risk assessment and risk management, including safe storage, handling and disposal
  • Clinical supervision
  • Reflective practice
  • Critical appraisal skills
  • Auditing and systems monitoring
  • Identifying and reporting ADRs and near misses

Legal Policy and Ethical Aspects

  • Legal basis, liability and indemnity
  • Legal implications of advice to self-medicate including the use of complementary therapy and over the counter (OTC) medicines
  • The related ethical issues, documentation, legal aspects and the registrants accountability related to the prescribing of botulinum toxin and related products
  • Safe keeping of prescription pads, action if lost, writing prescriptions and record keeping
  • Awareness and reporting of fraud
  • Drug licensing act
  • Yellow card reporting to the Committee of Safety on Medicines (CSM)
  • Prescribing in the policy context
  • Manufacturers guidance relating to literature, licensing and off-label

Pharmacokinetics

  • An introduction to the basic principles and factors which affect drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion with reference to lipid: water solubility, concentration gradients and explanation of key terms including tmax, Cmax, t1/2, AUC and Vd
  • Enteral routes of drug administration, their uses and limitations
  • Parenteral routes of drug administration, their uses and limitations

Drug interactions, adverse reactions, side effects, toxicity

  • Toxic drug effects, theMultiple drug therapy and the possibility of synergistic and antagonistic drug interactions
  • Enzyme induction and inhibition and its consequences on plasma drug concentrations, effect of gut contents, food and other drugs on absorption
  • Adverse reactions Type A - expected/dose dependant and Type B - bizarre, e.g. anaphylactic shock, side effects and their value in drug therapy.ir management and/or avoidance and effects of patient concordance

Physiology, age and health in drug usage

  • Physiological changes that occur in ageing
  • Drug therapy in neonates, children and the elderly with reference to pharmacokinetics
  • Differential effects of drugs in diseased and healthy patients/subjects
  • Drug misuse and dependence

Mechanism of action of classes of drugs

  • Outline consideration of the mechanism of action of major classes of drugs including those used to control pain, cardiac diseases, respiratory disorders, common gastrointestinal complaints, use of antimicrobial agents, common endocrine diseases (diabetes mellitus and thyroid disease) and those drugs acting within the central nervous system

Learning and Teaching

This programme will include a range of teaching methods to maximise the learning experience for the diverse group of students enrolling on it.

Teaching methods willl include; lectures, small group work, case studies and seminars, and will be supported by a series of revision and exam skills sessions as required by the NMC.

On line resources will be used to develop and test numeracy skills. In addition a Blackboard community group will be used to support you in undertaking mandatory directed learning activities. You will be encouraged to share and learn from each other using online using a variety of online discussion mediums.

Whilst working in partnership with their prescribing mentor you will critically reflect and apply the principles of prescribing to your own sphere of practice. The use of a portfolio will be an effective means of demonstrating your ability to integrate theory to practice.

Study time

To comply with professional body requirements for the blended learning prescribing programme at UWE Bristol you must attend the university for 14 days, undertake 14 directed learning days and complete either 78 hours or 90 hours supervised learning in practice, depending on your professional registration. 

This course requires 100% attendance and 400 hours study time in total.

Assessment

The assessment strategy within this module complies with professional body standards for Non Medical Prescribing.

The individual components of the assessment are non-negotiable and are regularly updated to reflect current changes in legislation. An updated list of assessments is available within the current module handbook.

To comply with the students professional body assessments are non-compensatory. In addition if students by their omission or incorrect answer would cause direct harm to a patient then they must be referred.

Students must pass all assessments within one year of starting the course or attend all sessions and undertaken all assessments again.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please visit full fee information to see the price brackets for our modules.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts. 

Dates

Please see our timetable for full date information.

How to apply

How to apply

You will apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Our how to apply page can assist you with further information prior to submitting your online application. 

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts. 

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