We offer an independent prescribing programme for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.
The programme is run concurrently 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 our Independent Prescribing course are eligible to apply for admission on to the relevant professional register as an independent prescriber.
The programme has been developed in response to stakeholder and student feedback.
Location Brighton: Falmer
Duration over approximately 6 months
Achieving 40 academic credits on successful completion
The next available course is due to start in September 2018 with an induction day in July 2018.
Applications close on 30 May 2018.
Please make sure that you meet the entry requirements before applying. If you have any questions the course team will be happy to help.
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There are two distinct pathways on this programme – one for nurses and allied health professionals, and one for pharmacists.
The programme consists of 40 credits of learning over approximately six months. This equates to around 11 days of learning at the university, which helps you to 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 programme is delivered in intensive blocks to facilitate work commitments. It takes place through face-to-face educational preparation and the use of a dedicated online non-medical prescribing resource, which starts 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.
The programme is assessed by 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 course 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 2018/19. 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.
Forward-thinking and welcoming, the city of Brighton & Hove is a community of creative and diverse people who share values like sustainability and inclusivity – just like its university.
Miles of pebble beaches, hundreds of bars, restaurants and clubs, a packed calendar of culture, music and sport and great independent and high street shopping attract visitors from all over the world. By the end of your course you’ll still be finding new things to enjoy about the city.
The Brighton Festival, England’s largest arts festival, takes place every May – as does the Great Escape Europe’s leading industry showcase for new music, 300 bands perform over three days at venues across the city. Major events celebrate Pride, digital culture, cinema, photography, food and the winter solstice. Our own Brighton Graduate show is a highlight, turning the university into the largest exhibition space in the south east as we celebrate the outstanding creativity of our students.
As a student here you’ll have a unique opportunity to experience what the city has to offer. Volunteering and placement opportunities enable you to play your part in the events, organisations and communities that make Brighton such a compelling place to be.
Campus where this course is taught
Surrounded by the South Downs National Park and just five miles from the centre of Brighton, our Falmer campus has benefited from over £60million of investment over the past 10 years. 7,000 students are based here, studying subjects including English, education, social science, nursing and medicine.
Recent developments include the Falmer Sports Centre – with its fitness suites and sports hall – and the innovative Checkland Building, which has natural ventilation systems and an insulating green roof.
Falmer has also recently installed more than 600 solar panels, which reduce the campus’s carbon emissions by more than 80 tonnes. The renovation has made us one of the top universities in the UK for on-site renewable energy production.
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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
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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If you have a question about this course, the course team will be happy to help.
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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.