The Practice Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
The Postgraduate Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing/Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing is validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Our course is designed to provide the main theoretical perspectives associated with evidence-based therapeutics, the consultation process, including concordance and the legal, ethical and professional issues associated with the prescribing role.
The course aims to support the application of theoretical knowledge to practice by incorporating a minimum of 90 hours’ supervised clinical experience in which students work alongside and are assessed by their Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP). This aims to enable students to develop their skills including the specific competencies required to prescribe safely, effectively and appropriately within their own area of professional clinical expertise.
Start Date: March 2018
The University of Lincoln Non-Medical Prescribing Programme is accessed over 6 month period. The 60-credit course at level 6 (undergraduate) comprises three modules:
NUR3030M: The Consultation (30 credit module)
NUR3031M: Prescribing in Context (15 credit module)
NUR3032M: Prescribing Effectively (15 credit module)
All three modules employ blended approaches and provide opportunities for inter-professional learning, including access to web based interactive resources.
Level 6 and Level 7 Certificates are taught simultaneously. The course runs over 26 week period, excluding a two-week break over Easter.
Students are required to identify a medical supervisor willing to provide supervision and support for an additional 12 days (or 90 hours equivalent) within clinical practice.
Students are encouraged to seek inter-professional learning opportunities and work alongside prescribing colleagues from a range of different disciplines, with the aim of starting to establish a supportive network for their future role as a qualified prescriber. The commitment is therefore a minimum of 38 days, not including personal, self-directed study time.
On completion, students are expected to be able to:
Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.
It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.>
Prescribing Effectively (level 6) (Core)
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This module focuses on the critical evaluation of the ethical, legal and professional issues associated with all aspects of the prescribing role. Codes of conduct, standards of practice, professional responsibility and accountability are explored in relation to prescribing, in addition to the recognition of the importance of up-to date knowledge of the current evidence base for practice and implications for the student’s own on-going professional development.
Prescribing in Context (level 6) (Core)
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This module encourages you to explore the implications of your own and others’ prescribing practice and to consider the health policies, processes and systems which shape and inform the wider context in which they work.
This module aims to provide the vehicle by which you can relate the conceptual frameworks and knowledge learned throughout the Non-Medical Prescribing Programme to your own practice area and clinical experience.
It is intended that the practice learning in this module will be used to provide regular opportunities to consolidate some of the concepts and ideas and through observation, evaluation of practice, discussion with colleagues and individual reflection, developing practical skills as well as extending knowledge and critical understanding of both pharmacological principles and values associated with safe, appropriate and effective prescribing practice.
The Consultation (level 6) (Core)
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This module is designed to assist you in developing a sound underpinning knowledge base in relation to pharmacology and pharmacokinetics, essential for safe, competent prescribing within your own field of expertise and clinical practice.
The module investigates the main theoretical perspectives associated with effective consultation, exploring the interpersonal skills required, and promoting the concept of concordance, including shared decision-making and establishing a meaningful partnership with the service user.
†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
The assessment strategy for the Non-Medical Prescribing Programme comprises:
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.>
The programme will enrol late March with teaching commencing April 2018. The dates will be confirmed shortly.
Please complete the application form (in 4 sections) and read the accompanying guidance notes prior to completion. You are expected to have discussed your application with your funding organisation prior to submission. HEE funding may be available for eligible practitioners. Contact your employer or the University for further details.
The university requires the form to be either posted, or hand delivered along with original evidence, certificates and proof of registration. If posting, we recommend you send it recorded or special delivery and your certificates will be returned the same way. If you would prefer to hand-deliver your form and evidence please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.
Closing Date for applications to be received: Friday 22 December 2017.
Drugs calculations tests will be in late January 2018.
Interviews will be in February 2018.
Enrolment and induction day: Tuesday 27 March 2018.
Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.
The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.
When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.
Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.
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For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.
With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.
Nurses must provide evidence that they have met the NMC’s criteria for eligibility to undertake a nurse independent/supplementary prescribing programme:
Applicants will be required to be successful at interview and achieve a minimum pass mark of 80% in a drug calculations assessment before a place can be offered.
Currently, nurses may apply to complete their Non-Medical Prescribing qualification at either level 6 (undergraduate) or level 7 (masters level). This decision is an important one, and should be made in conjunction with your employer, taking into consideration your future career aspirations. Please seek further individualised advice from your manager or from the Professional Development Centre during your application, as this needs to be agreed before you enrol onto the course.
Allied Health Professionals
An independent prescriber is an appropriately qualified practitioner who is responsible and accountable for the assessment of patients with undiagnosed or diagnosed conditions, and for decisions about their clinical management, including prescribing. Independent prescribers can prescribe any medicine for any medical condition within their competence, including some controlled drugs for specified medical conditions. They must also comply with any relevant medicines legislation.
Of the professions regulated by the HCPC, appropriately trained chiropodists/podiatrists, physiotherapists, and therapeutic radiographers are able to become independent prescribers.
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) [On-line] Independent Prescribing (IP) Available from: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/education/providers/postregistration/#PRES
Education programmes cover both supplementary and independent prescribing. Individuals who successfully complete an approved programme will be able to apply for annotations on the relevant HCPC register as independent/supplementary prescribers.
The safety of patients is paramount and the entry requirements focus on the protection of patients including:
In order to gain entry onto the Education programme, applicants must meet each of the criteria listed below:
a) Be registered with the HCPC in one of the relevant allied health professions.
b) Be professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to regularly use independent/supplementary prescribing.
c) Be able to demonstrate support from their employer/sponsor including confirmation that the entrant will have appropriate supervised practice in the clinical area in which they are expected to prescribe.
d) Be able to demonstrate medicines and clinical governance arrangements are in place to support safe and effective supplementary and / or independent prescribing.
e) Have an approved medical practitioner, normally recognised by the employer / commissioning organisation as having:
i) experience in the relevant field of practice
ii) training and experience in the supervision, support and assessment of trainees, and
iii) agreed to:
f) Have normally at least 3 years relevant post-qualification experience in the clinical area in which they will be prescribing.
g) Be working at an advanced practitioner or equivalent level.
h) Be able to demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own Continuing Professional Development (CPD) including development of networks for support, reflection and learning.
i) Provide evidence of a DBS check within the last 3 months.
Joint AHP. Outline Curriculum Framework for Education Programmes to Prepare Physiotherapists and Podiatrists as Independent/Supplementary Prescribers and to Prepare Radiographers as Supplementary Prescribers (2013) [On-line] Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Available from:
Applicants will be required to be successful at interview and achieve a minimum pass mark of 80% in a drug calculations assessment before a place may be offered.>
Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.
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