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UG Credit Practice Certificate in Independent/Supplementary Prescriber Preparation

Please note, the next intake will be in September 2021 and applications will open in summer 2021.

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Course Code


Dianne Ramm - Programme Leader

Dianne Ramm - Programme Leader

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Welcome to UG Credit Practice Certificate in Independent/Supplementary Prescriber Preparation

Our programme 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 Independent/Supplementary prescribing role.

This course aims to support the application of theoretical knowledge to practice by incorporating a minimum of 90 hours of supervised clinical experience in which students have the opportunity to work alongside, and are assessed, by their Practice Assessor.

In addition, they receive supervision and guidance via a nominated Practice Supervisor who is also an experienced prescriber. The taught components are therefore developed in clinical practice, enabling students to develop their skills including the specific competencies required to prescribe safely, effectively, and appropriately within their own area of professional clinical expertise (RPS, 2016).

This programme is approved by Nursing and Midwifery Council of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (NMC).

How You Study

This programme is accessed over a six month period. The 60-credit course at level 6 (UG level) comprises two modules:
• NUR3052M: Individualised Consultation (30 credit module)
• NUR3053M: Prescribing Governance (30 credit module)
By the end of this programme of educational preparation, students must be able to demonstrate achievement against ‘A Competency Framework for all Prescribers’ (RPS, 2016).

Within the RPS framework, there are ten competencies split into two domains. Within each of the ten competency dimensions there are statements which describe the activity or outcomes prescribers should be able to demonstrate. For all categories of prescriber, the RPS framework applies in full and demonstration of all those competencies contained within it must be achieved in order to pass the programme and apply for annotation as a prescriber with the NMC.

Additionally, it is recognised that nurses and midwives need to apply professionalism to all aspects of their practice in line with The Code (NMC, 2018) and to act in accordance with these alongside the competency framework.

The overall aim of the programme is to ensure that, on completion of this course, the nurse or midwife can practise safely, appropriately and effectively so that, following annotation with the NMC, they can assume full responsibility and accountability for their professional practice as Independent/Supplementary Prescribers.

The composition and delivery of the course includes face to face lectures from academic team members and guest clinicians, academic tutorials, directed and self-directed study, practical workshops and clinical practice experience.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

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An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

This module is designed to provide a sound underpinning knowledge base in relation to pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. The emphasis is on applied therapeutic interventions, essential for safe, competent prescribing within the student’s scope of practice and professional competence. This module encompasses the main theoretical perspectives associated with consultation skills and styles, considering patient centred approaches to history taking, and building on pre-existing knowledge and expertise as healthcare professionals. The focus is on effective communications, shared decision making and enhancing safety by promoting the development of meaningful, concordant relationships with patient and carers.

Module Overview

This module has been designed to support the student’s understanding and application of legal, ethical, and professional perspectives to inform future prescribing practice. It is the vehicle via which the student will explicitly relate the theoretical perspectives and new learning gained throughout the programme to their own clinical area. The module will support the development of the practice portfolio of evidence to demonstrate achievement of RPS competencies (RPS, 2016). The student will work towards evidencing the achievement of their prescribing competencies (RPS, 2016) in clinical practice, contextualised to their clinical area, supported via a named Practice Supervisor (PS) and Practice Assessor (PA).

† Some courses may offer optional modules. 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.

How you are assessed

The assessment strategy for the Short Course in Prescriber Preparation comprises:
• Written in-class tests in therapeutics/pharmacology and drug calculations
• Reflective writing and care study (written academic assignments)
• Portfolio of evidence to support achievement of competencies (RPS, 2016) within clinical practice.

All assessment elements must be successfully achieved in order to pass each module; no
compensation will be allowed between assessment elements.

Students must achieve a pass mark of 40% with no individual component mark being below 40%.

Assessment Feedback

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.

Assessment Feedback

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.

Methods of Assessment

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.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Entry Requirements 2021-22

The online application for this programme is designed to ensure that practice learning for the prescribing student complies with Realising Professionalism: Standards for education and training Part 1: Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education, Part 2: Standards for student supervision and assessment and, specific to this Programme and Short Course: Part 3: Standards for prescribing programmes (NMC, 2018).

Applicants must provide evidence that they meet the criteria set by the NMC to undertake an Independent/Supplementary Prescriber Preparation Programme/Short Course:

  • You must be a registered nurse (Level 1), a registered midwife or a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) [Part 3, 1.1].
  • You must have been registered with the NMC for a minimum of one year prior to application for entry onto the programme [Part 3, 1.7].
  • You must have the competence, experience and academic ability to study at the level required [Part 3, 1.5].

Academic Level:

Participation in and successful completion of an NMC approved prescribing programme leads to accreditation at a level equivalent to a bachelor’s degree as a minimum award [Part 3, 5.2].

You will need to evidence the support for your application from:

Your Employer:

The University of Lincoln will work collaboratively with your employer in order to confirm that the necessary governance structures are in place (including clinical support, access to protected learning time and employer support where appropriate) to enable students to undertake and be adequately supported throughout their programme. Self-employed applicants will need to demonstrate appropriate clinical governance in the area in which they practice (registration with the Care Quality Commission) [Part 3, 1.3].

Your Prescribing Lead:

If you work in an NHS Trust, there will be a senior manager who acts in the capacity as Prescribing Lead and takes a strategic responsibility for prescribing policy and developments within the organisation. If you are self-employed or work in an organisation without a designated lead, this section of the application form does not need to be completed.

The University of Lincoln:

As part of the selection process, and following successful shortlisting of your application, you will need to complete a drug calculation test, comprising twenty questions, with a minimum mark of 80%.

Practice Learning:

In addition, you will need to nominate a practice supervisor and a practice assessor. Both roles require the healthcare professional to be an active prescriber, who would normally have 3 years recent prescribing experience (RPS, 2019).

Educational Audit:

It is an NMC requirement that clinical placement areas designated for the supervision of prescribing students must have a current and satisfactory educational audit in place before the student commences any clinical hours.

The practice supervisor can be any registered health and social care professional working in a practice environment. The University of Lincoln, in partnership with our practice partners, require the practice supervisor for prescribing programmes to hold their V300 prescribing qualification. They must also have completed the necessary educational preparation for the role of practice supervisor. The only exception relates to medically qualified practitioners who can evidence the required experience in teaching and assessing as detailed in Section 3 of the application form.

The practice assessor is a registered healthcare professional and an experienced prescriber with suitable equivalent qualifications for this V300 independent/supplementary prescriber preparation Short Course [Part 3, 4.5]. They must have completed their educational preparation for the role of practice assessor. The only exception relates to medically qualified practitioners who can evidence the required experience in teaching and assessing.

Please note: Practice assessors cannot act as the practice supervisor simultaneously for the same student [Part 2, 7.10].

Teaching and Learning During Covid-19

At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.

Apply Now

If you are interested in applying for this course, we suggest that you read through our useful applicants guide for details on professional registration, eligibility, and selection processes. You can download the guide here: PPP Application Guidance Notes.

Applications for this programme are open and will close on Sunday 1 November 2020. Apply directly online:

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.