The module, which consists of 11 days of study taken within the Independent and Supplementary Prescribing Programme and a minimum of 65 hrs in practice supervised by either a practising community nurse prescriber (V100/150) or Nurse Independent Prescriber (V300) includes:
- Consultation, decision-making and therapy, including referral
- Influences on, and psychology of, prescribing
- Prescribing in a team context
- Clinical pharmacology, including the effects of co-morbidity
- Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to nurse prescribing
- Legal, policy and ethical aspects
- Professional accountability and responsibility
- Prescribing in the public health context.
To be considered for entry you must:
- Must be a registered nurse
- Must intend to practise in an area of clinical need for prescribing and must be supported by the employer to do so
- Must be deemed competent by employer in the relevant area of practice to undertake the programme (normally minimum of two years)
- Must demonstrate the ability to study at level 6
- Must demonstrate appropriate numeracy skills
- Must have identified a practising community practitioner nurse prescriber (V100/150) or Nurse Independent Prescriber (V300) as supervisor.
The assessment is in two parts:
- An unseen written examination to test knowledge of prescribing practice
- Portfolio which demonstrates achievement of the Single Competency Framework, an understanding of legal and ethical issues, team-working, record-keeping, prescription writing and numeracy, and how these apply to prescribing practice.
All components must be passed.