Certificate in Professional Studies in Non-Medical Prescribing (NMC Award) (Level 6) (Certificate of Professional Studies)

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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Progress your career with a Nursing & Midwifery Council accredited non-medical prescriber qualification.

Accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC), this part-time programme reflects the latest industry practice. On completion, you will have the competence to be an independent and supplementary non-medical prescriber.

You will be able to prescribe safely, appropriately and cost-effectively across a range of clinical settings whilst managing complex caseloads. You will develop professional critiquing and decision making skills, integral for senior roles in healthcare and essential for progressing onto Masters study, if that’s what you want to do.

With your manager or employer's support, you will apply your learning within your job role. Students find this hugely beneficial in terms of professional development and progression.

Study style

Teaching methods are varied and include formal lectures, digital learning forums, reflections and tutorials. You will benefit from objective clinical observation, case study essay and portfolio development.

Entry requirements

  • Be a registered first level nurse, midwife and/or specialist community public health nurse.
  • Have at least three years' experience as a practising nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse and at least the preceding year should have been spent working in the clinical field within which they wish to prescribe.
  • Be working for an organisation who has the necessary clinical governance infrastructure in place to enable the student to prescribe once they are qualified to do so. This will include a Criminal Records Bureau checking process.
  • Be deemed competent by their employer (if applicable) to undertake the course, including competency in physical assessment and diagnostic skills within their area of practice.
  • Have the ability to study at Level 6.
  • Have written confirmation of support from their manager (if applicable).
  • Have written confirmation of support from an appropriate DMP who meets the eligibility criteria for medical supervision of nurse prescribers as stated in the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Nurse and Midwife Prescribers – Annexe 3 (2006).
  • Provide written confirmation from employer (if applicable) regarding the applicants ability.
  • Agree to undertake a history, clinical assessment and diagnosis.
  • Have a clinical need to justify prescribing.
  • Display sufficient knowledge to apply prescribing principles gained from the programme to your own area of practice.
  • Demonstrate appropriate numeracy skills which will underpin those developed and assessed on the course.

This course can only be taken by students who are registered in the UK with the NMC.

For further information regarding the next Non-Medical Prescribing programme, including the information required for Designated Medical Practitioners, please email: healthprofessionals@glos.ac.uk

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Professionally accredited by the Nursing & Midwifery Council

Develop up-to-date skills in teaching, learning and assessing in clinical practice. Progress your career with skills that are in demand from employers and with professional recognition across the healthcare sector.

Link your learning to your professional practice at work

With your manager or employer's support, you will apply your learning within your job role. Students find this hugely beneficial in terms of professional development and progression.

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