Prescribing for Nurses: Independent and Supplementary V300 (Level 6/7)

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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time
Duration
8 months
Start Date
January 2020, September 2020, January 2021

Overview

Are you an experienced practising nurse looking to improve the care you provide for your patients, and qualify as an independent and supplementary nurse prescriber? If so, this V300 Nurse Prescribing course is ideal.

On the course, you'll develop your legal, ethical, professional, pharmacology and therapeutics knowledge. You'll get a thorough understanding of the scope of your practice and develop the skills to safely prescribe to your patients.

When you complete the course successfully, you'll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as an independent/supplementary nurse prescriber.

What you'll experience

On this independent and supplementary V300 nurse prescribing course you'll:

  • Learn the skills and knowledge you need to qualify as an independent and supplementary prescriber within a clinical setting
  • Earn 30 credits you can put towards other qualifications
  • Build your practice in our clinical skills suite with our human patient simulators and our Anatomage virtual dissection table
  • Develop your legal, ethical and professional knowledge and skills on topics relevant to pharmacology and therapeutics
  • Build your understanding of evidence-based practice
  • Learn from experts in the University's School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Health and Care Professions
  • Get support from experienced clinical supervisors in practice
  • Start in September or January and study for 8 months
  • Commit to 26 days of study, spending 9 days at the University
  • Complete 12 sessions of supervised practice

Careers and opportunities

When you complete this independent and supplementary V300 nurse prescribing course you'll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a nurse independent/supplementary prescriber.

Once registered, you'll be able to prescribe independently and in supplementary partnership with a medical or dental prescriber and the patient.

If you don't register your prescribing award within 5 years of completing the course you'll need to complete the course again before you can register as a prescriber.

What can you do with a nurse prescribing award?

Previous students have gone on to work in areas including:

  • mental health
  • rheumatology
  • minor ailments
  • pain management
  • nutrition
  • travel medicine
  • critical care
  • cardiology
  • renal disease
  • HIV medicine
  • primary care

You can also use your qualification in this Prescribing for Nurses course to get entry to higher level courses in subjects such as advanced nursing practice or advanced clinical practice.

You can get help, advice and support from our Careers and Employability service for up to 5 years after you leave the University as you advance in your career.

Teaching

Teaching on this independent and supplementary V300 nurse prescribing course includes:

  • online learning
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • practice
  • simulation

Teaching staff include experts from the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Health and Care Professions.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written examinations in pharmacology and calculations
  • a written assignment
  • a portfolio of competencies and reflective accounts

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You'll have access to mock exam questions and feedback, as well as online support packages for you to test your own knowledge.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. 

How you'll spend your time

You'll study for around 26 days over the duration of this independent and supplementary V300 nurse prescribing course.

You’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as seminars and simulation for about 9 of the 26 days. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as online learning and self-directed study. You'll also complete 12 sessions of supervised practice, each lasting 7.5 hours. This takes place with your employer.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day on Wednesdays, but there may be some teaching on Mondays and Tuesdays. We'll let you know what days you need to be at the University before you start the course.

Please note that university attendance is compulsory. If you don't attend all sessions, you may need to complete the course at a later date.

Extra learning support

You'll get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

Learning support tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a first-level nurse or specialist community public health nurse for a minimum of one year prior to application for entry. Applicants are to be professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need to regularly prescribe, and be able to demonstrate support from their employer/sponsor, line manager, non medical prescribing lead and practice supervisor and assessor. All applicants should be capable of safe and effective practice at a level of proficiency appropriate to the module/programme undertaken and their intended area of prescribing practice in the following areas: Clinical Health assessment, Diagnostics/care management, Planning and evaluation of care. 
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0, with a minimum score of 7.0 in Reading, Listening and Speaking components, and 6.5 in the Writing component.
Selection process
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance

Qualifications or experience
  • Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a first-level nurse or specialist community public health nurse for a minimum of one year prior to application for entry. Applicants are to be professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need to regularly prescribe, and be able to demonstrate support from their employer/sponsor, line manager, non medical prescribing lead and practice supervisor and assessor. All applicants should be capable of safe and effective practice at a level of proficiency appropriate to the module/programme undertaken and their intended area of prescribing practice in the following areas: Clinical Health assessment, Diagnostics/care management, Planning and evaluation of care. 
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0, with a minimum score of 7.0 in Reading, Listening and Speaking components, and 6.5 in the Writing component.
Selection process
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance

This course is pending approval against the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for education and training (2018).

All our courses go through a rigorous approval process to make sure they’re of the highest quality. This includes a review by a panel of experts, made up of academic staff and an external academic or professional with specialist knowledge.

This course is in the final stages of this process and is open for applications. If any details of the course or its approval status change after you apply, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and will be here to discuss your options with you.

Values and the NHS Constitution

We embed the principles and values of the NHS Constitution in all our health and social care courses. When you apply for this course, we’ll expect you to demonstrate how your values align with the values of the Constitution.

Find out more about the values we look for

​Course costs

Tuition fees (January 2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,800

This course isn't open to students from outside the UK/EU/Channel Islands.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

You'll need to budget approximately £23 to register with the NMC. 

You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

Apply

You can start this independent and supplementary V300 nurse prescribing course in September or January. If you're unsure which level to apply for please contact shelley.peacock@port.ac.uk.

Apply for this course using one of our online application forms:

Please select 'short course' as your subject area when filling out your application form.

Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

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