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.
Please see special features section for detailed entry requirements.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Critically evaluate the evidence underpinning the prescribing of drugs in their area of practice, and demonstrate expertise in applying this knowledge to prescribing practice and/or medicines management.
- Undertake a patient centred approach to prescribing, including shared decision making, information sharing, monitoring and reviewing, to promote a concordant partnership.
- Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of pharmacology and related clinical sciences and critically apply this to your assessment and management of patients/clients.
- Demonstrate an understanding of professional, legal accountability in prescribing and apply a critical ethical dimension to practice, working with others to formulate solutions.
- Apply advanced consultation and assessment skills to undertake a comprehensive client history, assessment, and diagnosis, in your area of practice.
Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
Recognising drug interactions and adverse drug reactions
Prescribing for a broad range of conditions
Prescribing across the lifespan
Prescribing in renal and hepatic impairment
Legal, professional and ethical issues in prescribing
Evidenced based prescribing practice
Patient centred care, shared decision making
Building a personal formulary
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
A range of teaching and learning methods may be used including:
Case based learning
The use of technology to enhance learning
Collaborative sharing of clinical practice and experiential learning.
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Resources & Reading list
Preston, CL. Stockley's Drug Interactions Pocket Companion.
Seedhouse, D. (2009). Ethics: The Heart of Health Care (3rd Edition).
Dimmond, B (2015). Legal Aspects of Medicines (2nd Edition).
Pharmaceutical Press. British National Formulary for children (BNFc) Current Edition.
Neal, M (2020). Medical Pharmacology at a Glance. (9th edition).
Ritter JM, Flower R, Henderson G, Loke YK, MacEwan D and Rang HP (2019). Rang and Dale’s Pharmacology (9th ed.).
Short answer questions
Students must pass all summative components.
Numeracy examination pass mark 100% recorded as pass/refer. Does not contribute to final mark awarded.
Part 1: Pharmacology exam (1.5 hours)
(A) Multiple choice questions designed to test pharmacological knowledge and short answer questions to test pharmacology knowledge and application to professional practice. Pass mark 80%. Weighting 60%.
Part 2: Numeracy exam (30 mins)
Drug calculations. Pass mark 100%.
Part 3: Portfolio
(A) Signed off completed Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS 2021) competency document
(B) A personal formulary
(C) A log of 90 hours supervised learning in practice
(D) A clinical management plan
(E) An assessment of practice
(F) Two completed patient/user/carer surveys
A 1,500 word written assignment related to one of the learning outcome.
Pass mark 50% weighting 40%.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Exam
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External