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Courses / Modules / HLTH6219 Pharmacology and prescribing in clinical practice

Pharmacology and prescribing in clinical practice

When you'll study it
Term 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 7
Module lead
Francine O'Malley
Academic year

Module overview

On successful completion of the module, practitioners are eligible to register as an independent and/or supplementary prescriber in accordance with current professional standards and regulations.

Students are required to fulfil all current professional requirements for course entry in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery council (NMC 2018), and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC 2019).

Nurses and midwives will normally be qualified for three years, and working in the area in which they will be prescribing for at least one year, prior to commencing the module.

AHPs are required to be working in the area where they will prescribe for 3 years (HCPC).

Paramedics are required to be qualified for five years and have undertaken or are working towards an advanced practice qualification (as defined by Health Education England, usually an MSc) (College of Paramedics 2018, annex F).

Nurses and midwives must have a practice supervisor and practice assessor (NMC Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment 2018).

The supervisor would normally be a medical prescriber, a pharmacist independent prescriber or an experienced nurse independent prescriber working in a similar area of practice, who holds an MSc level qualification.

The practice assessor would normally be a medical doctor.

AHPs are required to have a designated prescribing practitioner (DPP) in practice who facilitates 12 days (90) hrs learning in practice. This time can also be spent with experienced pharmacists and NMPs while retaining the DPP as the key assessor.

All practice supervisors and practice assessors will be invited to an introduction to programme, to develop an understanding of the programme, the programme outcomes, their role as a practice supervisor and/or practice assessor, and to support them in practice. This will also be an opportunity to engage with other practice supervisors and practice assessors and share experiences. For those who are unable to attend there will be access to Blackboard for information, and a recording of the introduction session available.

All relevant course materials and programme handbook will be emailed to them prior to course commencement.

Support for their role can be offered, on an individual basis, if required.

University policy/ placement guidelines apply.