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Independent/Supplementary Prescribing - PCert

University of Kent
Program overview
8 or 12 months
Part time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
English
Start dates
Medway
June 2021

Medway
October 2021
University of Kent

Program description

Independent/Supplementary Prescribing - PCert

This is a well-established and successful independent / supplementary prescribing programme for community and primary care pharmacists, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, podiatrists, radiographers and dietitians.

It is a part-time, blended learning programme which leads to you qualifying as an independent prescriber (community and primary care pharmacists, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, podiatrists, paramedics and therapeutic radiographers) or as a supplementary prescriber (diagnostic radiographers and dietitians). You develop the knowledge and skills to practise as prescribers and to meet the standards set by your respective professional/regulatory body. Available as eight or 12 months duration. Also available at Level 6 for nurses/midwives.

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Admission requirements

  • Registration with the appropriate professional/regulatory body (NMC, GPhC, PSNI or HCPC)
  • Appropriate experience in the area of practice in which they will be prescribing
  • The ability to study at academic level 6 or level 7
  • Nurses and Midwives: At least one year'spost-registration clinical experience in the UK. This includes all nurse (level 1), midwife or SCPHN registrants (including NHS, self-employed or non-NHS employed registrants) at the point of application
  • Pharmacists: At least two years' post-registration clinical experience in the UK at the point of applying
  • Allied Health Professionals (excluding Paramedics) At least three years' post-registration clinical experience in the UK at the point of applying
  • Advanced Paramedic Practitioners: College of Paramedics recommend that paramedics are registered and qualified for at least five years with at least three years' relevant post-qualification experience in the clinical area in which they will be prescribing
  • Appropriate numeracy skills, clinical/health assessment, diagnostics/care management and planning and evaluation of care in their intended area of prescribing practice.
  • Support from the sponsoring organisation confirming service need, indicating the necessary governance structures are in place (including clinical support, access to protected learning time and employer support where appropriate) to enable the students to undertake and be adequately supported throughout the programme. Access to appropriate supervised practice, and a prescribing budget to meet the costs of prescriptions on completion of training
  • A named practice supervisor (nurses and midwives); designated medical practitioner (pharmacists); practice educator (AHPs), who will facilitate, supervise and support the student during their clinical placement

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevantexperience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

The programme consists of four compulsory modules at either level 7 or level 6.

Level 7

  • Non-medical Prescribing in Context
  • Safe and Effective Prescribing
  • Consultation and Decision Making
  • Putting Prescribing into Practice

Level 6

  • Background to Non-medical Prescribing
  • Prescribing Safely and Effectively
  • Embedding Prescribing in your Consultations
  • The Practice of Prescribing

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees.

Qualification

This programme aims to:

  • prepare pharmacists to practice as independent/ supplementary prescribers
  • prepare nurses and midwives to practice as independent/ supplementaryprescribers
  • develop the knowledge and skills required by an allied health professional to practice as a supplementary prescriber
  • meet the standards set by the respective professional or regulatory body as required within the legislative framework.

Career opportunities

There is a high and rising demand for a range of healthcare professionals to qualify as non-medical prescribers. There are career opportunities for both non-medical prescribing nurse practitioners and pharmacists in GP surgeries or other primary care settings and enhanced options for radiographers, physiotherapists, podiatrists and dietitians with the prescribing qualification

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University of Kent

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Contact info

University of Kent

University of Kent
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CT2 7NZ Canterbury
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