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:
Other course content:
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):
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.
Course length: 26 teaching days- 100% HCPC attendance - whole academic year