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UG Credit Practice Certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing

UG Credit 26 weeks School of Health and Social Care Lincoln Campus [L] Validated


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 by the Pharmaceutical Society of North Ireland (PSNI).

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: Monday 16 January 2017

How You Study

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:

Level 6
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:

  • Identify the essential principles of clinical pharmacology, therapeutics and evidence-based medicine
  • Demonstrate clinical decision making skills for prescribers
  • Discuss critically the concept of concordance
  • Demonstrate skills required for effective consultation
  • Discuss critical perspectives associated with professional, legal and ethical prescribing practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to safely apply an understanding of theoretical concepts to clinical practice under supervision
  • Prescribe from the British National Formulary according to their designated prescribing role (supplementary and/or independent prescriber) as agreed with their employer, once annotated as a prescriber with their regulatory body
  • Demonstrate reflective practice in their clinical prescribing role

How You Are Assessed

The assessment strategy for the Non-Medical Prescribing Programme comprises:

  • Written tests in pharmacology and drug calculations
  • An Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
  • Reflective writing and care study assignments
  • Portfolio of evidence to support achievement of competency in clinical practice.

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.

Entry Requirements

Nurses must provide evidence that they have met the NMC’s criteria for eligibility to undertake a nurse independent/supplementary prescribing programme:

  • You must be a first level nurse, midwife and/or specialist community public health nurse with a diploma or degree qualification.
  • You must have at least three years’ experience as a practising nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse and be deemed competent by your employer to undertake the programme. Of the three years, the year immediately preceding application must have been in the field in which you intend to prescribe e.g. neonates, mental health. Part-time workers must have practised for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by their employer.

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.

Level 3

Prescribing Effectively (level 6)

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)

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)

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.

Student as Producer

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.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

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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.