|Code|| NSA 3900|
|Start date||January 2022|
|Attendance||Part-time blended learning|
|Fees||See Fees and funding tab|
|Course leader||Su Everett|
Taught by experienced practitioners and lecturers, this course will build on your existing knowledge base and physical assessment skills to further enhance autonomous practice.
The aim of this course is to successfully develop nurses who are safe non-medical prescribers who are competent to assess, manage and prescribe in their area of clinical expertise, working in conjunction with their patients, and multidisciplinary team to give holistic care. Expertise and awareness of limitations are key to accountability and safe prescribing. It is our role to provide the support, knowledge and development of professionalism which will achieve these nurses.
Armed with these contemporary insights and valuable skills you will not only enhance your practice and career prospects for the future but obtain 45 credits at Level 6 or 7 to put towards a BSc degree, BSc Midwifery (Top Up), MSc Midwifery Studies, MSc Nursing Studies , or MSc Mental Health Studies if you wish.
This course has been accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
The module will run from 9.00am to 4.00pm (unless otherwise stated below) and will be taught online.
The focus of the syllabus will address pharmacological principles including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and the principles of prescribing with specialist groups, the elderly, children, pregnancy, liver and renal disease. Students will be encouraged to relate theory to practice, so that they fully understand pharmacological principles
The principles of ethical, legal and pharmaceutical influences will be discussed, along with safe prescribing and the reduction of risks, and the reasons for errors. Consultation skills and the causes of adverse incidents, yellow card reporting, social prescribing and clinical governance, along with how to utilise the British National Formulary and other online resources to ensure knowledge and prescribing safe. The importance of professionalism, accountability, supervision and professional development during and on completion of the course will be addressed.
On successful completion of this module you should be able to safely prescribe under Royal Pharmaceutical Society: A competency framework for all prescribers (2016):
You will be assessed through both an exam and an assignment, and clinical assessment. The final written examination comprises of twenty short answer and MCQ questions.
To apply for this module, please download and complete the Entry Criteria Form then complete the Nursing CPD application form. The Entry Criteria form requires you to get signatures from your lead prescriber, your manager and supervisor. Please ensure to upload your completed Entry Criteria form when submitting the completed application form.
Note, both forms must be submitted together for your application to be considered. If you do not send an entry criteria, your application will not be processed without it. Applications should be submitted early for selection for interviews at the beginning of December.
Applicants will be invited to a 20-minute online interview via Zoom. Interviewees will be a member of the teaching team and a service user.
The fees* below refer to the 2021/22 academic year unless otherwise stated.
£60 per credit
£2,700 for 45 credits
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation.
There are several funding options available:
For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.