PM4NIP-Independent / supplementary prescribing for nurses (Level 6)

Module Provider: Pharmacy
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Applicants must have Registration on Part 1, 2 and 3 of professional register of Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) and meet the NMC entry criteria
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Miss Kat Hall


Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module enables nurses to practise and develop as prescribers and to meet the standards set by the NMC.


The educational programme is to prepare nurses, midwives and health visitors to prescribe as Independent and Supplementary Prescribers from appropriate formularies (such as the British National Formulary).

Assessable learning outcomes:
1.Undertake assessment and consultation with patients and carers
2.Review diagnosis and generate treatment options with the clinical treatment management plan
3.Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively
4.Understand the legislation relevant to the practice of nurse prescribing
5.Understand and use sources of information, advice and decision support in prescribing practice
6.Understand how medicines are licensed and monitored
7.Understand the influences on prescribing practice
8.Apply knowledge of drug actions in prescribing practice
9.Understand the roles and relationships of others involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medicines
10.Practice within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility in relation to nurse prescribing
11.Refer to a medical practitioner when appropriate
12.Take an appropriate history, undertake a clinical assessment and make an appropriate diagnosis, having considered the legal, cognitive, emotional and physical differences between children and adults.
13.Recognise the unique implications and developmental context of the anatomical and physiological differences between neonates, children and young people

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Consultation, decision making and therapy, influences on and psychology of prescribing, clinical pharmacology and influences on psychology of prescribing, evidence based practice and clinical governance, prescribing in a team context, legal, policy and ethical aspects, professional accountability and responsibility and prescribing in public health context.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
As students will come from a wide range of professional experience they will be supported in reflecting on experience and identifying individual learning needs which will be will facilitated by personal tutors and medical supervisors in the practice setting. This will be demonstrated by means of the learning contract and reflective journal. Classroom sessions will include lectures, guided discussions, critical incident analysis and case discussion.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 30 30
Practicals classes and workshops 5 5
Work-based learning 39 39
Guided independent study 226 226
Total hours by term 300.00 300.00
Total hours for module 600.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage

Summative assessment- Examinations:
Numeracy exam 30 minutes
Written exam 2.5 hours
OSCE 1 hour

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
All elements of assessment must be passed; there is no compensation between elements. This is a requirement of the regulatory body.
The classification of the module mark is derived from the reflective essays, case study and therapeutic profile in the portfolio and the long answer questions in the written exam.

Formative assessment methods:
Formative feedback is provided on all aspects of the portfolio, mock exams and the OSCE

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy. 

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;

  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:

    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Students must achieve the following to pass this module:

  • Pass all Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) station(s);

  • Submit a portfolio of practice experience that meets pass criteria;

  • Submit a statement of competence and completion signed by the Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP)

  • Pass numeracy assessment, achieving a pass mark of 100%; and,

  • Pass final written assessment by achieving a mark of at least 80% on short answer questions and multiple choice questions (MCQs), and at least 50% for long answer questions.

Reassessment arrangements:
Students who are unsuccessful at the first attempt will be given an opportunity to resit that specific element within three months.
For the numeracy exam there is an exceptional third attempt.
Resubmission date of failed portfolio to be agreed by board of examiners.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: A wide variety of text books is available from the library. Students may wish to purchase own copies at varying costs
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding: for portfolios. On average around 100 pages. Currently library costs for printing are 5p a sheet b/w. A simple ring binder can be purchased from stationers for around £3.
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Students may need to travel to complete their period of learning in practice (12 days) and this could incur additional travel costs if they visit venues away from their workplace.

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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