The programme is a part-time course which will prepare nurses, midwives and health visitors designated by law for their roles as independent Community Practitioner prescribers of the Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary. Successful completion of the programme allows students to seek to have their qualification recorded by their professional body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
In accordance with the requirements identified by the NMC, the programme comprises 10 theory days and 10 practice days (65 hours equivalent) in clinical practice preparing to be a prescriber.
This 20 credit programme at level 6 comprises one 20 credit module focusing on the principles which underpin prescribing practice and pharmacology.
On successful completion of the programme students will be able to:
- critically discuss their ability to consult effectively with patients and carers, undertaking a thorough history, including history and current medication use, conducting, as appropriate, a relevant physical examination, demonstrating understanding of the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms of the presenting complaint, and forming a differential diagnosis in order to assess the patient/client’s need for medicines, and taking account of the patient’s wishes and values;
- critically discuss relevant pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, drug interactions and adverse reactions, and apply the knowledge to their own prescribing practice;
- demonstrate an understanding of legal, professional, ethical and clinical governance frameworks that apply to their role as a Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber (V150), including the application of legal and professional frameworks for accountability and responsibility, to manage their continuing professional development and the ability to refer to and consult with other appropriate health care professionals in a timely manner;
- critically review influences on prescribing practice at individual, local and national levels, critique sources of information, advice and decision support taking into account evidence based practice, national and local guidelines demonstrating how they will use them to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively;
- critically discuss factors which impact on prescribing in a public health context and which necessitate therapeutic monitoring and modification, and working in partnership with patients/carers and other prescribers and members of the health care team;
- demonstrate understanding of an appropriate history, clinical assessment and decision to either diagnose or refer, having considered the legal, cognitive, emotional and physical differences between children and adults.
Prescribing for Community Practitioners (V150) is offered as a stand-alone module, but can also contribute to an undergraduate award. For example, you could combine successful completion of the Prescribing for Community Practitioners V150 module, with other 20 credit modules for a University Advanced Diploma Practice Development in Enhanced Health Assessment, Long Term Conditions, Palliative Care or Wound Care. Alternatively, you could transfer the credits into a top-up degree in BSc (Hons) Practice Development