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Prescribing for Allied Health Professionals | HP7038Z | Level 7 | Credits 60 | 2018/19
27/09/2018 | St George's, University of London | Intake Closed
27/09/2018, 04/10/2018, 11/10/2018, 18/10/2018, 25/10/2018, 01/11/2018, 08/11/2018, 15/11/2018, 22/11/2018, 29/11/2018, 06/12/2018, 13/12/2018, 20/12/2018, 03/01/2019, 10/01/2019, 17/01/2019, 23/01/2019, 31/01/2019, 07/02/2019, 14/02/2019, 21/02/2019, 28/02/2019, 07/03/2019, 14/03/2019, 20/03/2019 (OSCE), 04/04/2019
24/01/2019 | St George's, University of London | Intake Closed
24/01/2019, 01/02/2019, 08/02/2019, 15/02/2019, 22/02/2019, 01/03/2019, 08/03/2019, 15/03/2019, 21/03/2019, 28/03/2019, 29/03/2019, 05/04/2019, 12/04/2019, 25/04/2019, 26/04/2019, 03/05/2019, 10/05/2019, 17/05/2019, 24/05/2019, 31/05/2019, 07/06/2019, 14/06/2019, 21/06/2019, 28/06/2019, 05/07/2019 (OSCE), 19/07/2019
** Applications will ordinarily close 21 days before start date of a course.


This interdisciplinary module/course, is delivered in 26 days over one academic year, using blended learning to enable allied health professionals to prescribe safely and effectively. It is designed for all non-medical health professions permitted by law to prescribe.

Students will be able to apply to record the prescribing short course/module (independent and/or supplementary prescribing) with their professional body as: The Postgraduate Practice Certificate in Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Health and care Professions Council (HCPC) Members

The focus of the course is on pharmacology and the knowledge base which underpins prescribing medicines, and also on prescribing in practice.

Core course content for Allied Health Professionals:

  • Prescribing theory
  • Prescribing practice
  • Pharmacology

Other course content:

  • Consultation, decision-making and therapy, including referral.
  • Influences on, and psychology of, prescribing
  • Prescribing in a team context
  • Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co-morbidity
  • Evidence-based practice and clinical governance
  • Legal, policy and ethical aspects
  • Professional accountability and responsibility - Prescribing in the public health context

Ability to calculate medication dosages accurately (100% calculation exam)

Registration with the appropriate professional body e.g. HCPC or RPSGB

Two years' experience (HCPC)** (see additional paramedic criteria)

The applicant must have been in the clinical field in which the participant intends to prescribe for 1 year

Part-time workers must have practised for a sufficient period to be deemed competent by their employer, equivalent to professional bodies requirements above

Registrants with HCPC registration require evidence of physical assessment and history taking skills

Evidence of ability to study at minimum academic level 7

In addition, written confirmation will be needed from (as per application form):

The employer/Trust showing their support for the participant to undertake the module

Agreement from the Trust Prescribing Lead for the participant to undertake the module or CQC as appropriate (covering the clinical governance)

A designated medical practitioner (DMP) or who meets eligibility criteria for medical supervision (GMC criteria) and who has agreed to provide the required term of supervised practice

26 study days- required 100% attendance (HCPC requirement)

Please note the course is a whole academic year to meet the course objectives and submission

No other academic modules are supported while undertaking the prescribing module

The applicant must be in an appropriate advanced clinical practitioner role

Paramedic additional entry criteria (College of Paramedics):

  • Paramedics working in GP practices, community services, secondary care - critical care units, out of hours, urgent and emergency care service
  • Be working at an advanced practitioner level
  • At least 3 years relevant post-qualification experience in the clinical area and practising for 1 year in the area they intend to prescribe (registered for at least 5 years)

Examination, objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) and portfolio.

Please note that any action that has the potential to harm a client is deemed an automatic fail.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss critically the clinical significance of drug prescribing and the mechanisms of the drug actions (pharmacodynamics), and the possible interaction of these drugs with other body systems to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively.
  2. Apply effective and comprehensive examination and assessment of patients across the life span for conditions of different systems of the body, and maintain an appropriate and comprehensive recording system.
  3. Investigate thoroughly patients? conditions and prescribe suitable medications and treatment schedules in light of their likely responses, monitoring critically the therapeutic action, side effects, and any adverse effects.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment prescribed and the clinical significance of potentially serious drug interactions, taking account of the evidence-based practice and national/local guidelines.
  5. Ensure critical monitoring of responses to drugs prescribed for different conditions, and apply knowledge of drug actions and interactions in order to modify treatment or refer the patient, as appropriate.
  6. Evaluate and challenge practice within a framework of professional and legal accountability for independent and/or supplementary prescribing within the health professions.
  7. Reflect on and appraise current prescribing models in NHS settings, and on influences on prescribing practice at individual, local and national levels, in order to promote safe management of clients.
  8. Examine critically current laws and legislation related to independent and supplementary prescribing, and ensure effective implementation.
  9. Develop and maintain an effective relationship and communication with patients, carers, other prescribers and members of the health care team involved in the prescribing, supplying and administration of medicines.
  10. Critically discuss practical and ethical issues in prescribing for vulnerable groups e.g. children, adolescents, the elderly and people with mental health problems.


Course length: 26 teaching days- 100% HCPC attendance - whole academic year

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Course Leader
Name: Agnieszka Lewko

Self Funding: £2797.00

*Trust Commissioning and Trust Non-contract funding same price as above

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