Non-medical Prescribing

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SCQF Level: 11 (Masters level)
SCQF Credits: 30
Total student effort: 300 hours

Available: September and January

Mode of delivery (19/20)

There are 26 days of theoretical content delivered over one semester. University attendance is required for 9 days (face to face) and the remaining 17 days of directed and self-directed learning using MyDundee Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

In addition, you are required to log 78 hours (12 days) of learning in practice to achieve prescribing competencies. Confirmed by Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) who requires to be a doctor or dentist.

Module aims

To prepare nurses, midwives and specialist/community nurses, physiotherapists, podiatrists, therapeutic radiographers and paramedics to prescribe safely, appropriately, and cost effectively as independent and supplementary prescribers. And dieticians to prescribe safely, appropriately, and cost effectively as supplementary prescribers.  

Module overview

This includes:

  • consultation, decision-making and therapy including referral
  • influences on and psychology of prescribing
  • prescribing in a team context / prescribing in the public health context
  • clinical pharmacology including the effects of co-morbidity
  • evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to non- medical prescribing
  • legal, policy and ethical aspects / professional accountability and responsibility

Assessment Strategy

  • learning in practice portfolio demonstrating achievement of NMC/HCPC prescribing competencies confirmed by Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) and this includes completion of 78 hours (12 days) learning in practice log.
  • systematic and detailed examination of practice (SDEP)– assessment of consultation skills by the DMP
  • pharmacology examination (80% pass mark).
  • successful confirmation of numeracy test (100% pass mark)

Module requirements

  • must meet NMC/HCPC requirements
  • evidence of 1st degree or equivalent
  • evidence of 3 years post-registration
  • evidence of 1 year in current post
  • confirmation of sufficient explanation re competence in history taking, assessment. diagnosis and the ability to apply prescribing principles
  • appropriate Designated Medical Practitioner (completed)
  • sufficient evidence of recent study (appropriate to area of practice): please including academic and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) evidence 
  • satisfactory references
  • statement of support from employer
  • access to computer

Additional module requirements for Non-NHS applicants

  • name and address of independent clinic/practice
  • evidence of Health Improvement Scotland (HIS) registration
  • evidence and outcome of any previous HIS audits completed
  • appropriate Designated Medical Practitioner (including contact details in order to confirm suitability prior to application being successful).
  • satisfactory references (1 professional and 1 academic)
  • statement of support from employer/owner and application subject to satisfactory audit which will include:
    • self-declaration of good practice
    • specialist indemnity insurance that covers specific area of practice (must include malpractice insurance
    • details of emergency kit
    • infection control including waste disposal
    • complaints procedure
    • storage of drugs
    • information sheets for clients
    • consent forms
    • evidence of regular audit/business effects and review of clinical services "on the specification of prescribing and administering and dispensing it remains the case that these activities be separated wherever possible and only undertaken by the same person in unavoidable circumstances” NMC 2018

Module contact

For further information, please contact the School of Health Sciences
Telephone: +44(0)1382 388534