This 40 credit Masters course (level 7) is delivered part time over 6 months and comprises two compulsory 20 credit modules which are taken consecutively. Both modules must be passed to be awarded the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing. Forty credits is approximately 400 hours of student endeavour.
This course is currently open to pharmacists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, nurses, midwives, paramedics and therapeutic radiographers.
Please note: Applications from practitioners on the Nurses and Midwifery Council register will not be considered for admission for September 2020 cohort. However, nurses and midwives are welcome to submit their applications for consideration for March 2021 cohort
At Masters Level you are expected to act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks. You will need to demonstrate that you are able to systematically deal with complex issues and make sound judgements, sometimes in the absence of incomplete data.
The course adopts a blended learning approach including interactive face-to-face study days, case studies, discussions and on-line learning. Teaching also includes working with simulated patients to develop communication and clinical skills. Your development is supported by learning in practice under the supervision of your designated medical practitioner (DMP). You should be spending at least 50% of your supervised learning in practice time with your DMP. Time with any other practitioners can support your learning and should be agreed in advance with your DMP.
There is a strong emphasis on self-directed learning to ensure that the content is related to your area of practice. The blending learning approach allows flexibility in managing your learning to fit in with professional and personal commitments.
There are a variety of assessment methods to ensure safe and effective practice. These include a case presentation, written assessments, calculations assessment, OSCE (objective structured clinical examinations) and completion of a structured learning and reflective portfolio.
The calculations assessment is a ‘must pass’ component of the course. Due to current Nursing and Midwifery Council and Health and Care Professions Council regulatory requirements the pass mark is 100%. You can access examples of the types of questions you may encounter.
Please note as you are qualified, registered and practicing professionals, you are subject to the fitness to practice procedure for your professional regulator.
Why Study this Course?
Throughout the course there will be an emphasis on linking theoretical knowledge to practical skills. The course is designed around the core principles of safe and effective prescribing practice for application across therapeutic areas and clinical specialities in a variety of settings.
Interactive face to face teaching activities will include the use of real-life and simulated scenarios with case studies to develop competence in prescribing practice. You will develop clinical management plans and consider the care of the patient as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Role-play scenarios with the use of expert patient actors will facilitate development of strong communication and clinical skills, vital for positive interaction with patients and fellow healthcare professions. Further learning and development of prescribing competencies will be supported through lectures and distance learning via a virtual learning environment.
On successful completion, you will be awarded the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing.