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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:
Deborah Moreno-Chamorro
Key fact:
This course is delivered in Bristol, Plymouth, Truro, Bridgwater, Cullompton and Gloucester.

Page last updated 21 May 2018

Introduction

In April 2015, UWE Bristol, working in partnership with the University of Bath (UoB), were awarded the contract from Health Education England South West to deliver one multi-professional independent and supplementary prescribing (NMP) programme across the entire South West health community. 

Successful completion of this programme requires learners to successfully pass the module "Non-Medical Prescribing (Independent and/or Supplementary Prescribing)" and will award successful candidates 40 Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points. 

To comply with regulator entry requirements, the NMP programme for Pharmacists and Paramedics is offered at level 7 (LM).

Nurses, Midwives, Physiotherapists, Dietitians, Radiographers, Chiropodists may enrol on either level 7 (LM) or level 6 (L3).  

Entry requirements

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

Careers / Further study

This course can contribute towards:

  • BSc(Hons) Health and Social Care
  • Postgraduate Certificate Health and Social Care
  • Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Practice
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • MSc Professional Development
  • Postgraduate Diploma Professional Development
  • Graduate Diploma Professional Development
  • BSc(Hons) Professional Development

Structure

Content

The multi-professional Non-Medical Prescribing (NMP) programme combines the learning outcomes, set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). 

These learning outcomes are appropriated to the individual learners' professions and proposed prescribing area ensuring that, on successful completion, the learners have undertaken an educational preparation which affords them the necessary skills and knowledge to practice as safe competent and autonomous prescribers. 

A more detailed view of the learning outcomes and course content is seen within the module specifications below:

Learning and Teaching

The NMP programme offers many opportunities for all professions to learn with and from each other both in the academic and practice settings. It is also recognised that nurses, AHPs and pharmacists have different pathways to registration, and develop different skills, experiences and competencies in practice before joining the prescribing programme. As a result, each professional group is supported to develop different skills and knowledge to meet their profession-specific needs required before legal annotation as an independent and/or supplementary prescriber. 

For nurses and AHPs, this may involve a greater focus on pharmacology principles, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, drug interactions, disease management and therapeutic decision making. For pharmacists, this may mean a greater emphasis on clinical examination, assessment skills, and communication and consultation skills. 

Thus, the well evaluated programme structure is borne from an understanding of the commonalities and of the uniqueness of the different professional groups whilst ensuring that all of the indicative content required by the regulatory bodies has been covered either face to face or within directed learning activities.

Study time

The NMP programme comprises of 26 days of learning. There are 14 face to face days and 12 directed learning days where learners are required to undertake set activities. 

In addition, learners undertake 78 or 90 hours of supervised learning in practice. This programme requires a 100% attendance and approximately 400 hours of private study.

View a sample course structure.

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.

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

We need to receive all relevant documentation at least SIX weeks prior to the start of the course.

  1. Once your PAF is completed and saved, you can then use the Apply Now button.
  2. Select the course level of study and the date you have agreed with your employer.
  3. Select Apply for Course.
  4. If you are new to UWE Bristol CPD, you will need to register.
  5. If you have already registered on the Professional Development portal, sign in and complete the application.
  6. Once your application is submitted, please upload your saved PAF to your Professional Development portal, including any relevant paperwork required.

Your DBS (this must be received before the course start date):

  1. You will also need to provide the original Enhanced DBS Form, which should be no less than three years old. You can either post or deliver by hand. We check your DBS detail and record the DBS number and return the original. 
  2. If your employer holds your DBS, they can email the certificate number, issue date and confirm it is enhanced by emailing the HAS CPD team at has.cpd@uwe.ac.uk. If the DBS is older than three years from the issue date on the certificate, your employers will need to order a new enhanced DBS certificate, which you will need to send to the HAS CPD team once received.
  3. If you have subscribed to the online update service, then you will need to upload a screen shot of the information from the system to your Professional Development Portal.

Further detailed instructions on how to apply

Please read the above instructions on how to apply and complete the relevant Programme Application Form based on your profession:

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

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