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What makes Independent and Supplementary Prescribing at Worcester special?

The Independent and Supplementary prescribing course at Worcester gives you the knowledge and skills to improve patients’ experiences by enabling timely and prompt access to treatment and medication. 

Our six-month course meets the national agenda to widen non-medical prescribing and increase innovative roles to develop, transform and sustain new ways of working.  By building on your existing knowledge base and health assessment skills, autonomous practice and professional development are enhanced whilst prescribing safely, appropriately and cost-effectively in line with your professional code of conduct. 

Prescribing courses at Worcester are accredited by the NMCGPhCHCPC and are suitable for Nurses, Pharmacists and Allied Health Professionals who meet the professional requirement to independently and supplementary prescribe from the BNF, BNF(C) and the NPF.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Delivered by specialist lecturers, practitioners and tutors with extensive experience in prescribing in the acute and community sectors
  • Taught using a mix of face-to-face sessions, 1-to-1 tutorial support and online learning sessions, resources and virtual learning platforms.  Enabling you to learn effectively at home or work as well as in University classrooms
  • Can be taken as a stand alone course, as part Masters In Advanced Clinical Practice or the Advanced Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship (subject to approval)
  • Approved by the NMC and HCPC against the Standards for Prescribing
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Pharmacist Independent Prescribing (subject to re-approval with GPhC during 2019/20)
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who are:

  • a registered Nurse (level 1) or Midwife or Specialist Community Public Health Nursing registrant or Health and Care Professions Council registrant whose profession is legislated as being able to act as a prescriber 
  • employed or self-employed as a registered Nurse or a registered Health Care Professional (including NHS and non-NHS settings) 
  • capable of safe and effective  practice in clinical/health assessment, diagnostics/care management and planning and evaluation of care 
  • at least 1 year post registration, prior to application on to the course

Further requirements

In addition you must have:

Entry requirements by profession

Nurses

All prescribing courses share some teaching sessions to stimulate an interdisciplinary learning arena.  This will include nurses, allied health professionals and pharmacists dependent on the semester and the demand from applicants for the modules to run.

MACP4007 (V300) - a double (30 credit module) delivered at level 7 offered in both semesters over six months (September to March or January to June). 

For Nurses the V300 course consists of 12 study days and 72 hours learning in practice.

Entry requirements

Independent and Supplementary Prescribing (V300) :

  • Current professional registration Parts 1 of the NMC Professional Register or registration with the HCPC.
  • A minimum of 1 years post registration experience (or part time equivalent), the year preceding application to the programme must have been in the clinical field in which you intend to prescribe.
  • Health assessment skills relevant to their area of practice.
  • Secured the support of your NMP Lead,
  • Secured a Practice Assessor and a Practice Supervisor who meet the NMC requirements set out in Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment (2018) and has the approval of your NMP Lead.
  • Funding and Line Manager Approval.
  • A University Interview.
  • A declaration of good character by your employer or similar senior colleague (if self-employed).

Allied Health Professionals

Including Podiatrists, Physiotherapists, Paramedics, Radiographers and Optometrists.

All prescribing courses share some teaching sessions to stimulate an interdisciplinary learning arena.  This will include nurses, allied health professionals and pharmacists dependent on the semester and the demand from applicants for the modules to run.

Courses

Independent and Supplementary Prescribing – a double (30 credit) module delivered at level 7 (MACP4007) offered in both semesters of the academic year over six months (October to April and January to June).

 Entry Requirements

  • Current professional registration with the HCPC with statutory license to prescribe
  • A minimum of 1 years post registration experience (or part time equivalent), the year preceding application to the programme must have been in the clinical field in which you intend to prescribe
  • Health assessment skills relevant to their area of practice
  • Secured the support of your Non-Medical Prescribing Lead and a Practice Educator
  • Funding and Line Manager Approval
  • A University Interview
  • A declaration of good character by your employer or similar senior colleague (if self-employed)

Pharmacists

Post Graduate Certificate in Pharmacist Independent Prescribing* – this is a Post Graduate Certificate (60 credit) course, delivered at level 7 comprising of 12 face to face teaching and a further 6 days of clinical health assessment skills incorporated via a negotiated learning module. Pharmacists must also spend 90 hours learning in practice.

All prescribing courses share some teaching sessions to stimulate a multidisciplinary learning arena.  This will include nurses, allied health professionals and pharmacists dependent on the semester and the demand from applicants for the modules to run.

Entry requirements

For further details about the course content and qualifications needed, see the General Pharmaceutical Council website.

* Subject to GPhC approval during 2019/20.

Course content

What will you study?

Our Independent and Supplementary Prescribing courses lead to the following professional awards:

  • Independent and Supplementary Prescriber for Nurses (V300) (Level 7)
  • Independent and Supplementary Prescriber for Allied Health Professionals (Level 7)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Pharmacist Independent Prescribing (subject to GPhC re-approval during 2019/20)

They can also be taken as part of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice or be recognised for credit towards the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice

The course content will support you to achieve safe and effective prescribing practice through consultation, assessment, negotiation, prescribing, monitoring and review as set out in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (2016) A Competency Framework for all Prescribers.

Content will include:

  • Consultation and clinical decision making with patients and carers
  • Cost effective and safe prescribing, de-prescribing, administration and review within the framework of professional accountability and responsibility
  • Pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmaco-therapeutics for appropriate, cost effective, safe and competent prescribing across the life spans
  • Psychology of prescribing, concordance and achieving patient centred outcomes
  • Inter-professional and multidisciplinary working within national, and local guidelines, policies and frameworks
  • Current legal and ethical aspects of prescribing
  • Prescribing within the public health arena and social prescribing
  • Supplementary prescribing – the tripartite roles and responsibilities, the development of a clinical management plan and monitoring and review

The skills of literature searching, using and evaluating sources, critical thinking, critical analysis, critical reading of texts and the influence of local, national and professional policy will provide a constant backdrop to all course content

FAQs

What is the difference between V150 and V300 (MACP4007 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing)?

V150 – The V150 is the community practitioner qualification to prescribe from the Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary (NPF) specifically for non-specialist practitioners working in the community.  It is the equivalent of the V100, which Specialist Practitioners undertake during their District Nurse or Health Visitor qualification. The NPF includes skin care products, wound dressings, continence products and catheters and limited analgesics.  We do not offer this NMC approved course at the University of Worcester.

V300 – Is the qualification for nurses, midwives and some Allied Health Professionals (Podiatrists, Physiotherapists, Paramedics, Occupational Therapists, Optometrists, and Radiographers) to prescribe within their area of competence from the full British National Formulary (BNF).

Who is my Non-Medical Prescribing Lead and why do I have to have their approval?

Every NHS Trust has a statutory requirement to have a Non-Medical Prescribing Lead.  If you don’t know who this is you should be able to find it out quite easily and you must make your intentions clear to them before you apply. We must have their approval, to ensure that the Trust agrees that your role has a place for prescribing and it is covered within your job description.

Why do we need to complete all these forms?

The NMP role is a particularly responsible one that the NMC/HCPC require the University to give evidence of the proposed NMP’s good character, ability to undertake the course and subsequently prescribe safely and effectively.

What awards could I study for?

MACP4007 can be used as part of the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice or as a stand-alone course.  If you will be undertaking MACP4007 as part of the MSc, the MSc programme leader, Alison Rushworth, or the MACP admissions tutor, Emma Innes, will review your form as admissions tutor to ensure that you meet the entry criteria.

Why do I need to have studied at level 6 or have evidence of being capable of studying at level 7 for the Prescribing Course?

The NMP module is divided into 2 sections – practice and academic study in a relatively short period of time, and to ensure the students have the best chance of success we ask for evidence of experience in both areas.

My role includes regular health assessments is this enough to meet the requirements?

Prescribing is not undertaken in isolation.  Part of the process for a prescribing episode must be undertaking a holistic health assessment.  If you have undertaken a course/workshop this will be of great benefit but if you have not we require your line manager and or referee to give assurance of your competency.

I cannot get on a health assessment course prior to the module commencing – can I undertake it after?

As stated in the above section, we require your line manager and/or referee to give assurance of your competency.

What is the difference between a Practice Assessor, Practice Supervisor, Practice Educator and a Designated Prescribing Practitioner?

In line with the new NMC Standards for Supervision and Assessment (2018), all nurses and midwives have to be supervised and assessed in a practice placement by a Practice Assessor (PA) and Practice Supervisor (PS).  Although in prescribing this is usually the Students’ workplace, where it is still a requirement to have a PA and PS.  This has replaced the previous system of a Designated Medical Practitioner for NMC registrants.

More information on the roles of the PA and PS can be found in the NMC Standards for Education and Training (2018).

The HCPC registrants require a Practice Educator and the GPhC require a Designated Prescribing Practitioner to supervise and assessor their clinical competency. 

Nurses and Midwives

Practice Supervisor (PS)

  • An appropriate NMC registered nurses, midwives, or other registered health and social care professionals.

  • A minimum of 72 hours clinically supervised hours equally shared between PS and PA and other appropriate healthcare professionals as agreed between Student and PA.

  • The PS and the PA can only be the same person in exceptional circumstances and this should be agreed by your NMP Lead and the UW Course Lead.

  • The PS supervises and supports the prescribing student during clinically supervised hours to work towards the achievement of the proficiencies and course outcomes for practice learning and contributes towards the assessment for progression undertaken with the PA.

Practice Assessor (PA)

  • A registered healthcare professional and an experienced prescriber with suitable equivalent qualification.

  • A minimum of 72 hours clinically supervised hours equally shared between PS and PA and other appropriate healthcare professionals as agreed between Student and PA.

  • The PS and the PA can only be the same person in exceptional circumstances and this should be agreed by your NMP Lead and the UW Course Lead.

  • The PA conduct assessments to confirm the prescribing students’  achievement of proficiencies and course outcomes for practice learning.  The assessment decisions by PAs are informed by feedback sought and received from PSs. 

Allied Health Professionals

  • An appropriately qualified and experienced prescriber
  • A minimum of 72 hours clinically supervised hours.
  • Clinically supervised time can be spent with other appropriate health care professionals as agreed with your PE.
  • The PE supervises, supports, and assesses the prescribing student to work towards progression and achievement of the proficiencies and course outcomes for practice learning.

What is a partner organisation?

With regards to collecting insurance documentation, our partner organisations are as follows: Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust, Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust, Wye Valley NHS Trust, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.  If you are employed by an organisation other than those listed, we will require a copy of your employer’s Public and Employer Liability Insurance certificate.

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

This course is taught using a mix of face-to-face sessions, 1-to-1 tutorial support and online learning sessions - utilising online resources and virtual learning platforms.  

Duration

Over 6 months either as part of the Masters in Advanced Practice or as a standalone course.

Timetables

All prescribing courses share some teaching sessions to stimulate an interdisciplinary learning arena.  This will include nurses, allied health professionals and pharmacists dependent on the semester and the demand from applicants for the modules to run.

Assessment

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.  

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Careers

Where could it take you?

The Independent and Supplementary Prescribing courses opens up autonomous practice to the experienced clinician.  The Advanced Practice role is at the heart of the modernisation agenda for the NHS to increase capacity, make effective use of the skilled clinicians working in the acute and community sectors and to improve patient outcomes.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Course Fees

For MACP4007 (Level 9) masters modules the 2019 fee is £1,148. For full details of all tuition fees, please visit our course fees page.

Details of 2020 fees will be available soon.

Postgraduate loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,609 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

How to apply