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Non Medical Prescribing

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Uxbridge
  • Duration: 15 Weeks
  • Start Date: September 2021
BNU is a leading provider in continuing professional development (CPD) training. This short course will help develop confident and competent independent and supplementary nurse, midwife, pharmacist and allied health professional prescribers. Many of our lecturers maintain clinical currency by working in practice to ensure you receive the most up-to-date insights and training.
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Application guide

Want to enhance your skills with one of our short courses? To apply for one of our Continuing Professional Development courses, please use our application portal. If you are being funded as part of an NHS contract, please apply through our dedicated NHS application portal.

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Fees and Funding

Covering the costs of your professional development may now be easier than you think. There are many ways you can fund your course, such as employer/NHS sponsorship. There is also the option to pay in instalments to help spread the cost. 

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Bespoke training

Our wealth of experience and expertise enables us to offer bespoke training programmes. These programmes can be taught on-site to organisations who require a specific area of care to be addressed.

*Please note this course is currently subject to validation.*

Why study this subject?

The Non-medical Prescribing course (Independent and Supplementary Prescribing) is for suitably qualified Nurses, Midwives, Pharmacists and Allied Health Professionals.

You must be professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need for you to regularly use independent/supplementary prescribing.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

The course consists of two modules:

  • Clinical decision making for non-medical prescribing
  • Applied pharmacology for non-medical prescribing

Applicants must successfully pass both modules and all assessments within the modules individually in order to complete the programme.

The 60-credit programme is delivered at academic Level 6 and Level 7, and you can choose to study over 15 weeks or 30 weeks.

You must be able to demonstrate support from your employer/sponsor, including confirmation that you'll have appropriate supervised practice in the clinical area in which you are expected to prescribe.

In addition to the study days, applicants must undertake 90 hours of supervised clinical practice supported by a suitably qualified Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP).

Clinical Decision Making for Non-medical Prescribers

The aim of this module is to develop confident and competent independent and supplementary nurse, midwife, pharmacist and allied health professional prescribers, in order that they may undertake a comprehensive history/assessment of the patient for effective clinical decision making in evidence based prescribing practice.

The module will also include working with patients, carers and the wider healthcare team to promote concordance and develop an understanding of the roles and relationships of others relevant to an effective prescribing partnership. It will consider professional accountability in addition to legal policy, clinical governance and ethical aspects of prescribing.

This module will be assessed by a practical skills examination/OSCE and a presentation.

Applied Pharmacology for Non-medical Prescribers

The aim of this module is to develop confident and competent independent and supplementary nurse/midwife, pharmacist, and allied health professional prescribers, in order that you may understand the way medicines work throughout the lifespan and the factors that influence drug choice.

The module will include consideration of safe, cost effective and appropriate prescribing, taking into account ethical influences at individual, local and national levels. You will be guided to critically evaluate sources of information including local and national guidelines.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to demonstrate skill in monitoring, recording and responding to medicines and modify treatments or refer the patients as appropriate based on a comprehensive understanding of how medicines work. Numeracy skills relevant to prescribing practice will also be developed.

This module will be assessed by a reflective portfolio, a pharmacology examination and a drug calculation examination.

For more information, or if you have any questions, contact the Non-medical Prescribing Enquires Team.

When will this course run?

This course runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am - 5pm.

Useful Information

Postgraduate Certificate Non-Medical Prescribing (Level 7).pdf

Graduate Certificate Non-Medical Prescribing ( Level 6).pdf

What are the course entry requirements?

LEVEL 6 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Nurses/Midwives: The applicant must be a registered nurse, midwife and/or specialist community public health nurse with at least three years post qualifying experience. The applicant must provide evidence via the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) process of their ability to study at degree level. 60 credits at Level 5 are normally required to access the degree level programme.

Allied Health Professionals: must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) in a relevant allied health profession. The applicant must provide evidence via the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) process of their ability to study at degree level. 60 credits at level 5 are normally required to access the degree level programme.

LEVEL 7 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Pharmacists: must have at least two years’ UK experience following pre-registration year. The applicant must be educated to degree level in the relevant field

Nurses/Midwives: The applicant must be a registered nurse, midwife and/or specialist community public health nurse with at least three years post qualifying experience. The applicant must provide evidence via the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) process of their ability to study at master’s level; 60 credits at Level 6 are normally required to access the Level 7 programme.

Allied Health Professionals: must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) in a relevant allied health profession. The applicant must provide evidence via the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) process of their ability to study at master’s level; 60 credits at Level 6 are normally required to access the Level 7 programme.

How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£2,900

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

advice@bucks.ac.uk

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