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Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals


Attendance mode
Start date(s)
September, January
5 months
City Campus

UK students can apply

Attendance dates

September 2024 intake

In addition to the 14 taught days and exam days, you will be expected to undertake 10 days of guided study, 12 days of working with your prescribing mentor, and additional personal reading and portfolio development.

Taught days are 10:00 - 16:00:

  • 23, 24, 25 and 26 September 2024
  • 14, 15, 16 and 17 October
  • 18, 19, 20 and 21 November
  • 2 and 3 December

Additional dates:

  • 8 January 2025 - MCQ and Clinical Assessment
  • 13 January - OSCE exam
  • 27 January - Early portfolio submission
  • 6 May - Usual portfolio submission

January 2025 intake

In addition to the 14 taught days and exam days, you will be expected to undertake 10 days of guided study, 12 days of working with your prescribing mentor, and additional personal reading and portfolio development.

Taught days are 10:00 - 16:00:

  • 27, 28, 29 and 30 January 2025
  • 24, 25, 26 and 27 February
  • 17, 18, 19 and 20 March
  • 15, 16 April

Additional dates:

  • 12 May - MCQ and Clinical Assessment
  • 14 May - OSCE exam
  • 27 May - Early submission
  • 2 September - Usual portfolio submission

Entry requirements

Applicants for this module should hold professional registration with their relevant professional body.

In addition, nurses and allied health professionals should have a minimum of two years' experience. Paramedics must have been qualified and registered for at least three years and should have or be working towards an advanced practice qualification.

All applicants should demonstrate clinical competency in the area of practice in which they intend to prescribe, and have support from their employing organisation.

All applicants should have identified an area of clinical practice prior to application, eg: diabetes, hypertension or alcohol withdrawal.

If you are an NMC professional (Nurse or Midwife) applicant you must have the support of a Practise Supervisor (PS) and Practise Assessor (PA), who will provide supervised practise opportunities. PLEASE NOTE: The PA and PS must be two different people.

All other Healthcare Professionals must have the support from a Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP), who will provide supervised practise opportunities.  The DPP will be a GP, consultant or registrar.

Applicants are also required to provide a current (last three years) DBS check and demonstrate the ability to study at an appropriate level.

Learning and assessment

The theoretical component is delivered using a range of evidence based teaching and learning strategies including lectures, tutorials and seminars. Role play, ward visits and formative objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) are used to support learning in the classroom in addition to the more traditional lectures.

Inter-professional learning is promoted through the use of student and lecturer generated case studies and event analyses. You will be encouraged to share experiences and case examples generated through supervised practice.

The learning, teaching and assessment strategy has been designed to develop your skills as a reflective practitioner, critical thinker and to promote continued engagement in lifelong learning. The research orientated teaching and learning strategies also recognises the diversity and prior education that different students bring to the classroom; this presents an opportunity for those differences to be used creatively in order to facilitate valuable inter-professional learning.

Supervised prescribing practice is a formal element of the learning and your development of competency as a prescriber will be supported by a mentor throughout the programme. The theoretical elements are directly linked to your supervised practice experience, facilitating educational coherence for you and your DPP/PS and PA and ultimately employer, and importantly, patients.

Theoretical elements are assessed using a multiple choice and short answer question examination (MCQ) and a summative objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE). As well as the formal examination, you will be expected to demonstrate your understanding through reflective writing, the development of a portfolio and completion of a competency framework. The single competency framework for all prescribers was developed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society 2016 and is used as the basis for prescribing practice development and assessment of competence by students working with a DPP/PS and PA. Assessment is carried out jointly between the DPP/PS and PA and the teaching team.

Formative assessment will be ongoing throughout the programme of study. Formative assessments are timetabled so you can assess your own learning within the confines of a ‘safe’ setting. Summative assessment will normally be undertaken, or submitted, at the end of the semester that they originally registered.

The diet and volume of assessment reflects the breadth of the curriculum and the understandable necessity to ensure robust assessment of fitness for purpose and practice. Each element of assessment must be passed to be deemed as having successfully achieved the programme and to qualify as a prescriber. Supplementary assessment on one occasion of any unsuccessful element(s) in the same mode is normally allowed.

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