Independent Presecribing is a standalone continuing professional development module aimed at nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.
The module is run between the School of Health Sciences and the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, involving a large degree of multidisciplinary learning.
Practitioners who successfully complete the module are eligible to apply for admission on to the relevant professional register as an independent prescriber.
The module has been developed in response to stakeholder and student feedback, and it can be taken as part of a postgraduate degree or as standalone continuing professional development.
Location Brighton: Falmer
Duration approximately six months
Achieving 40 academic credits on successful completion
Please review the entry requirements carefully and if you have any questions do get in touch with us.
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There are two distinct pathways – one for nurses and allied health professionals, and one for pharmacists.
You'll spend around 11 days of learning at the university, as you develop your role as an independent prescriber. An additional 12 days (90 hours minimum) comprise supervised practice within your identified area of practice. The rest of your time will be dedicated to online learning activities and independent study.
The module is delivered in intensive blocks to enabling you to fit studying around work commitments. Teaching includes use of a dedicated online non-medical prescribing resource. You'll begin with an induction day in December before the start of the scheduled session in January. Students should normally take six months to complete the course to accommodate the 90 hours of clinical learning elements.
You'll be assessed through a range of methods including an unseen examination, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and demonstration of competence with a practice-based portfolio.
There are two routes through this course – at level 6 (NA6210) and level 7 (NA7210). Make sure that you specify which level you are applying for in your application.
The overarching framework for both theoretical and practical aspects of the course is the competency framework for all prescribers (RPS 2016), which provides a core set of competencies. The competency framework is classified under 10 general themes.
Please note that it is only after successfully completing all elements of the module and requesting annotation to the professional register that you will have the authority to prescribe.
Student using the SimMan 3G – a highly advanced patient simulator
This module is usually commissioned by Health Education England for students with an already identified need. There are national directives around increasing independent prescribing for practitioners working in specialist and advanced roles. You will need the support of your employer to undertake this programme.
Applicants should have a preceding years' experience working in the area in which they wish to prescribe.
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The course is £1,990 for home students in 2019/20. We currently have a confirmed contract of 20 places per academic year funded by Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals providing NHS services to patients where independent prescribing is appropriate to their role. We can accept students from other funding routes, such as through course fees (for students on a wider programme or course) and students wishing to self-fund.
The University of Brighton is at the heart of our city's reputation as a welcoming, forward-thinking place which leads the way when it comes to the arts, music, sustainability and creative technology. Brighton is home to a thriving creative community and a digital sector worth £1bn a year to the local economy, as much as tourism.
Many of the work-based learning opportunities offered on our courses such as placements and guest lectures are provided by businesses and organisations based in the city.
You can also get involved with city festivals and events such as the Brighton Festival, the Fringe, Brighton Digital Festival, Brighton Science Festival, the London to Brighton bike ride, and the Great Escape festival of new music to name but a few. Other annual highlights include Pride, the Brighton Marathon, and Burning the Clocks which marks the winter solstice.
You'll find living in Brighton enriches your learning experience and by the end of your course you will still be finding new things to explore and inspire you.
Campus where this course is taught
Set in the South Downs, our Falmer campus is around four miles from Brighton city centre. 7,000 students are based here taking subjects including criminology, English, education, nursing and medicine, paramedic science, psychology and sociology. Brighton and Hove Albion's Amex stadium and beautiful Stanmer Park are right next door.
Specialist learning facilities at Falmer include the curriculum centre used by teaching and education students, which houses over 30,000 teaching resources and clinical skills and simulation suites used by health students. Psychology students learn in our applied cognition and flexible creative method labs.
Falmer campus has two halls of residence on site, as well as a library, restaurant, cafes, and a students' union shop and bar.
The campus sports centre has a fitness suite, activity studios and a sports hall. There is also a floodlit astroturf football pitch, netball and tennis courts.
Cycle lanes link Falmer with our other campuses and the city centre and there is a BTN BikeShare hub on site. There are regular bus services to the city centre and other campuses. Falmer train station is right next to campus and a nine minute journey to central Brighton.
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All eligible 2019-entry students are guaranteed an offer of university-managed accommodation.
Halls of residenceWe have halls of residence across Brighton in Grand Parade, Moulsecoomb, Varley Park and Falmer.
Unihomes and unilets Unihomes and unilets are student houses that we let to our students on behalf of private landlords. This option can work particularly well when you're balancing learning with placements and other commitments. We have unihomes and unilet properties across the city.
Find out more about our accommodation and confirm your eligibility.
Private rentingThere's plenty of support if you opt for private rented accommodation. This is an option which offers choice and flexibility – enabling you to choose where you live and who with. We manage our own studenthomes database of properties. This lists accommodation offered by landlords who have signed up to our code of standards. Every summer we provide online events and resources, as well as other advice services, for students looking for a place to live and people to share with.
Outside views at Falmer accommodation
Extensive facilities at Falmer sports centre
Students dining at Westlain
"I am a Clinical Nurse Lead working in the community in Brighton. I cover two clusters which incorporates 10 GP surgeries. I am studying the Advanced Nurse Practitioner MSc at the University of Brighton and the prescribing module was one of the modules I chose to do as part of my pathway. As part of my role I visit complex patients with long-term conditions. Before completing the prescribing course I was able to diagnose patient problems but needed to contact a GP with my findings to obtain treatment / prescription. During the module I had a GP mentor and was able to lead consultations during his surgery under his supervision and prescribe accordingly. I found this a very valuable learning experience and was able to prescribe for a whole range of conditions.
"Since completing the course I am much more effective in my role as I am able to diagnose and prescribe as required. The patients I visit find this much more efficient and timely as they don’t have to wait so long for their prescriptions to arrive. Many of the patients on my caseload are palliative and if they need stat doses or syringe drivers prescribing I am able to complete the drug administration charts as well as prescribe the medication.
"The prescribing module has been the most beneficial module I have done in relation to my career and particularly for job satisfaction."
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Hannah Morris – course leader01273 641983 H.Morris3@brighton.ac.uk
For more information about accredited independent prescribing courses visit the General Pharmaceutical Council website.