PMMNIP-Independent / supplementary prescribing for nurses

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 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:
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 from appropriate formularies,such as the British National Formulary, as Independent Prescribers and Supplementary Prescribers. It also aims to develop critically reflective practitioners.

Assessable learning outcomes:

Students should be able to undertake the following as well as demonstrate in their portfolio they are able to critically discuss the implications to their practice

1. Assess and consult with patient/clients, clients, parents and carers

2. Undertake a thorough history, including medication history and current medication (including over-the-counter, alternative and complementary health therapies) to inform diagnosis

3. Understand and apply the relevant legislation to the practice of nurse/midwife prescribing

4. Critically appraise, use sources of information/advice and decision support systems in prescribing practice

5. Understand the influences that can affect prescribing practice, and demonstrate your understanding by managing your prescribing practice in an ethical way

6. Understand and apply knowledge of drug actions in prescribing practice

7. Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and relationships of others involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medicines

8. Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively

9. Practise within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility

10. Develop a clinical management plan within legislative requirements (supplementary prescribing only).

11. 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:
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:

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 the numeracy test, achieving the pass mark of 100%; and,

  • Pass the 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:

If a student has registered to be assessed at level 7, but their work is assessed to be satisfactory at level 6 rather than level 7, they will be offered either a level 6 certificate or the option to resubmit additional work at level 7.

Students who are unsuccessful at the first attempt will be given an opportunity to resit/resubmit that specific element at the next available opportunity as agreed by the 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: 20 April 2018


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