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Non-Medical Prescribing GradCert / PgCert

Overview

This short professional programme prepares qualified nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and therapeutic radiographers as independent prescribers, and diagnostic and dietitians as supplementary prescribers.

The course is validated by the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC) and Health and CareProfessions Council (HCPC)

Applicants may find it beneficial to complete an advanced assessment and physical examination course prior to undertaking the course.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time Grad Cert
Duration
6 months
Start Date
January; April; June; September
Location
Mode
Part-time PGCert
Duration
6 months
Start Date
January; April; June; September
Location

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Modules

The course comprises three twenty credit modules which are taught concurrently and cannot be taken as standalone modules:

  • Pharmacology and applied therapeutics
    This module introduces pharmacology and applied therapeutics and continues with a systems based approach to applied therapeutics.
  • Prescribing in clinical practice
    This module reflects the practical aspect of the competencies required for prescribing.
  • Practical aspects of prescribing
    This module complements the therapeutics modules by exploring the clinical aspects of patient symptoms and the legal and professional issues that underpin prescribing.

Employability

All students must be employed in a clinical environment where prescribing will benefit the service provided to the patient.

This professional qualification is essential for the development of the advanced practice framework.

Students can undertake this course as part of their advanced practice pathway.

Placements

Staff

Bernadette Rae

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Primary and Social Care
Job title: Senior Lecturer


Dr Sharon Rees

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Primary and Social Care
Job title: Reader in Pharmacotherapeutics

Dr Rees runs the Pharmacology and Applied Therapeutics Module for the non-medical prescribing programme.


Helen Ward

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Primary and Social Care
Job title: Associate Professor

Helen works clinically as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in a GP practice in London and is a member of the ICN.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

There are a variety of assessment strategies employed, including examinations, OSCE, clinical portfolio and a written case study.#

Personal tutor

As a Health and Social Care student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal tutor once a semester for 30 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or phone.

Entry requirements

  • Registration with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or appropriate regulatory body
  • At least three years post registration clinical experience, with at least one year as a nurse or allied health professional in the field in which you will be prescribing
  • At least two years post registration experience as a pharmacist in the field in which you will be prescribing
  • The ability to study at level 7 (Master's degree level)
  • An identified need for prescribing within a specified field of clinical practice
  • Support from the employing organisation
  • A Designated Medical Practitioner willing to act as a clinical facilitator
  • Working in an area where prescribing will enhance the patient service
  • Current Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time Grad Cert
Duration
6 months
Start date
January; April; June; September
Application code
3468
Application method
Mode
Part-time PGCert
Duration
6 months
Start date
January; April; June; September
Application code
3469
Application method

You are able to apply for both these course through the online CPPD prospectus.

Fees and funding

Most students are funded through their employer/Trust. Speak to you employer regarding professional development (CPD) funding that may be available to you.

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Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

 
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Contact information

Course Enquiries - UK

Tel: 0800 923 8888

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