PMMNIP-Independent / supplementary prescribing for nurses

Module Provider: Pharmacy
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term 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 NMC entry criteria. Entrants to this programme are normally required to have obtained a first degree or demonstrate the ability to study at Masters level.
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Angela Alexander


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 from the British National Formulary as Independent Prescribers and Supplementary Prescribers. It also aims to develop critically reflective practitioners.

Assessable learning outcomes:
The professional outcomes in relation to practice must demonstrate that the student is safe and effective in the practice setting. The academic outcomes at Level 7 are concerned with assessing the level of criticality demonstrated in the portfolio evidence. The latter will determine whether the student is cognitively engaging at a higher intellectual level.

1.Manage episodes of care by undertaking assessment and consultation with patients and carers
2.Initiate and review diagnosis and generate treatment options with the clinical treatment management plan
3.Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively by reviewing the available evidence from national and local sources.
4.Critically evaluate the role of the prescriber in relation to understanding the legislation relevant to the practice of nurse prescribing
5.Explore and evaluate the robustness of available 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.Critically examine the role of the prescriber within the wider health care team by 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 independent prescribing (NMC 2008)
11.Refer to a medical practitioner when appropriate
12.Understand the legislation relevant to the practice of nurse prescribing
13.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.
14.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

Other information on summative assessment:
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:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:
Numeracy exam 30 minutes
Written exam 2.5 hours
OSCE 1 hour

Requirements for a pass:
Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Two stations Pass/Fail
Pass portfolio/practice experience
Pass numeracy test 100%
Pass final assessment 80% short answer questions and MCQs and 50% scenario /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: 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: 21 December 2016

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