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GradCert/PgCert Non-Medical Prescribing / Conversion course for Supplementary Prescribers

Overview

GradCert/PgCert Non-Medical Prescribing

This short professional programme validated by the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC) and Health and CareProfessions Council (HCPC) prepares qualified nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and therapeutic radiographers as Independent Prescribers, and diagnostic radiographers and dieticians as Supplementary Prescibers.

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

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

Conversion Course for Supplementary Prescribers

This short professional course will provide Physiotherapists, Podiatrists and Therapeutic Radiographers who have already completed the Non-Medical Prescribing course and are annotated with the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) as a Supplementary Prescriber to prepare for annotation as an Independent Prescriber. You will have been practicing as a Supplementary Prescriber in the area for which you intend to prescribe independently for at least six months. The course involves two University based study days followed by two days of self-directed supervised clinical practice with a designated Medical Practitioner (DMP).

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 days
Start Date
November
Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
6 months
Start Date
January; April; June; September
Location

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Modules

There are three modules for the GradCert/PgCert Non-Medical Prescribing, all of which are core for this programme and cannot be taken as standalone options:

  • 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

A clinical placement is essential for this course.

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.


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Teaching and learning

GradCert / PgCert Non-Medical Prescribing

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

Entry requirements

GradCert / PgCert Non-Medical Prescribing

  • 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)

Conversion Course for Supplementary Prescribers 

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing or Supplementary Prescribing
  • Qualified experienced practitioner, who is currently employed and normally sponsored by your employer
  • A service need for non-medical prescribing in practice to improvepatient care

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 days
Start date
November
Application code
PSC_7_001
Application method
Mode
Part-time
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.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

In September, all new students will be given details about the time and location of their University induction. This is when they are welcomed to the University and your School, and receive information about your course and the University's extensive services, so that you have all the essential information you need before your lectures and classes begin.

For the GradCert/ PgCert Non-Medical Prescribing course You will attend a one week induction, followed by one day a week attendance at University.

 
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Course Enquiries - UK/EU

Tel: 0800 923 8888

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6100

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