24 Aug 2019
PG Cert NMP (Open)
Who is it for?
The OU programme will prepare qualified nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, physiotherapists, podiatrists and therapeutic radiographers to be Independent Prescribers, and diagnostic radiographers and dietitians to be Supplementary Prescribers.
You will need to:
- Hold a degree from a UK university or equivalent, or, if you are a registered non-graduate practitioner, be able to demonstrate equivalent academic ability and professional experience
- Be registered with an appropriate regulatory body
- Have a current and valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and provide a signed declaration from the Trust as evidence
- Have the appropriate length of experience as set by the respective regulatory body. This is currently two years for the GPhC, and three years for the HCPC.
How long will it take to complete?
The expected time to complete this qualification is seven months and must be completed within 13 months to meet the requirements of the regulatory bodies.
The expected total study time is 600 hours which will include:
- Attending the campus on four separate days for face-to-face activities
- Four days of synchronous online forum-based activities
- 18 days online study activities
- 90 hours of supervised, in-practice learning
What will you achieve?
By the end of this course, you will:
- Have a sound and critical understanding of the necessary clinical and practical aspects of prescribing in your own clinical area of practice. It will also allow you to gain and demonstrate appropriate knowledge of underpinning applied pharmacology.
- This programme is designed to enable you to gain the knowledge and skills required to consolidate safe, appropriate and effective prescribing practice. It will provide suitable training for you to enhance your role and effectively use your skills and competencies to improve patient care in a range of settings.
- Learning will equip you to become an Independent/Supplementary prescriber ready to be responsible and accountable for the assessment of patients with diagnosed and undiagnosed conditions, together with the required decision-making skills important to the clinical management required.
- You will have the opportunity to consider the importance of research; develop the skills to use research evidence to continually promote best practice; consider the impact of local and national guidelines and to organise appropriate channels for their continued professional development.
What topics are covered
The three areas that you will study are Applied Pharmacology, Clinical Skills and Practical Aspects of Prescribing. As there is a great amount of overlap within these topics they have been combined into a single 60-credit module. Consequently, you will find that, although they are often presented as three entities, there are many crosslinks and references throughout.
How is the course assessed?
Within the NMP Assessment Strategy there will be seven summative assessments. Ongoing through the course these will include assessments on numeracy, pharmacology, clinical skills, example prescriptions and a clinical management plan, together with a practice-based assessment. At the end of the module, you will need to submit a log of your practice-based learning (90 hours minimum), a record of how you have demonstrated your competency as a prescriber against the RPS framework, along with a summative sign-off from your practice-based assessor. The graded component of the final assessment will be in the form of a case study.
How will NMP enhance my practice?
This new Postgraduate Certificate will allow you to apply for annotation on your regulator’s register as a non-medical prescriber. It will open up opportunities for career development and aid you in providing an enhanced and highly valued role within your organisation.