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NQCG3100 Taught Practice (Health Visiting and School Nursing)

Module Overview

The practice experience provides a work-based environment to enable you to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills learnt in academic module/s Students are fully supported by Health Ed Wessex who pay the tuition fees and their wage.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The practice experience provides a work-based environment to enable you to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills learnt in academic module/s. Modular learning outcomes tested through a practice based assessment and specified competencies must be achieved in each placement. Having completed this module you will be able to interact effectively within a team and across agencies where necessary collect and interpret information from a range of sources identify key areas of need and choose appropriate tools/responses for their resolution in a considered manner operate in situations of varying, progressive complexity and predictability requiring the application of a wide range of assessment techniques act professionally while recognising and working within limitations of your knowledge, skills and professional boundaries with minimal supervision or direction, within sphere of practice

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • work in partnership with children, young people their families, and other professionals
  • Undertake a comprehensive medical and pharmacological history
  • practice in a manner which promotes and protects the rights of children and young people
  • Understand and apply the relevant legislation to the practice of prescribing
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate safely and effectively with children, young people and their families
  • Critically appraise, use sources of information/advise and decision support systems in prescribing practice
  • act as an advocate for individuals, groups and communities
  • Understand the influences and ethical considerations that can affect prescribing practice
  • Understand and apply knowledge of drug actions in prescribing practice



Special Features

Practice experience is an integral part of this module, with a Practice Teacher and/or practice mentor required to support development in the field and to sign off the portfolio. These professionals must be approved and supported by the employer and possess the NMC approved qualification which you are studying to attain (i.e. school nurse, health visitor or sexual health nurse). Additionally you may by be required to be taught and facilitated by a Designated Prescribing Mentor (DPM). Who will assess competence in Prescribing; this will only be necessary if the practice teacher is not a Nurse or Non Medical Prescriber i.e. has completed an approved NMC Mode 1/2 or V100 or V300 Prescribing Programme.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Practice experience is supported by direct supervision from practice teachers, mentors and other professionals. Although you have supernumerary status you are expected to be involved in direct care. Opportunities exist in each practice experience for you to arrange additional experiences to meet your learning needs. Further support is provided through discussion of practice experiences and specific scenarios during Guided Learning Group meetings with peers and academic tutors

Total study time487

Resources & Reading list

Standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers - these have now been replaced by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Framework for all Prescribers.

The Code: Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, midwives and nursing associates.

Care Quality Commission (2010). Essential standards for quality and safety. 

NICE Medicines and Prescribing - Improving health and social care through evidence-based guidance.

Nurse Prescribers' Formulary for Community Practitioners (NPF).

Healthy Child Programme 0-19 (2009). Healthy Child Programme 0-19. 

A Competency Framework for all Prescribers.


Assessment Strategy

All students are seconded from local NHS Trusts. They are all paid a wage. Tuition fees paid by Health Ed Wessex at £8,500 per student.


Professional conversation


MethodPercentage contribution
AOP portfolio %
Drug calculation examination %
Written exam 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
AOP portfolio %
Drug calculation examination %
Written exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

Linked modules

Repeats are not permitted

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