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Preparing Allied Health Professional for Supplementary Prescribing

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  • Objectives
    * Prepares physiotherapists, chiropodists/podiatrists and radiographers as supplementary prescribers, competent to apply the key concepts which are relevant to safe and effective practice as supplementary prescribers. * Facilitates opportunities to apply principles of prescribing to meet patient/client needs in relevant clinical settings.
  • Entry requirements
    Compulsory Requirements Allied health professionals must have at least 3 years post-registration experience (Health Professions Council/requirement). All applicants: * Are required to be in a substantive post where there is a prescribing role and be nominated by their employing organisation. Funding is through the SHA. * Must have appropriate experience in an area of practice in which they will be able to prescribe. * Must demonstrate an ability to study at Level 6. * Must have a declaration of the employing organisation?s support prior to applying to the University. * Must have a designated medical practitioner to provide clinical supervision.
  • Course description
    Learning Outcomes

        * Undertake accurate assessment and consultation with patients and carers.
        * Develop and document a clinical management plan within the context of a prescribing partnership.
        * Monitor response to treatment, referring on where necessary.
        * Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively within the parameters of supplementary prescribing.
        * Critically appraise legislation relevant to the practice of non-medical prescribing and work within the legal frameworks of supplementary prescribing. Critically review and use sources of information, advice and support for decision making in prescribing practice.
        * Critically explore the diverse range of influences that impact on prescribing practice.
        * Apply knowledge of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in prescribing practice.
        * Critically explore the roles and relationships of others involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medicines.
        * Practice within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility in relation to supplementary prescribing.

    Indicative Programme Content

        * Consultation and assessment, clinical decision making and judgement, reviewing and establishing therapeutic regimes/interventions and referral within supplementary prescribing frameworks.
        * Factors influencing prescribing practice and patient/client consent for, responses to and concordance with prescribed therapy.
        * Prescribing in a team context
        * Working in partnership within the Clinical Management Plan.
        * Record keeping, local policies, guidelines and protocols and electronic prescribing.
        * Monitoring, audit and evaluation of prescribing practice, clinical and cost effective prescribing.
        * Clinical pharmacology - applied anatomy and physiology including disorder function, age, disease and pregnancy and other medicines/drug interactions as they impact on pharmacodynamics and kinetics, adverse drug reactions.
        * Evidence based practice and clinical guidelines, clinical governance, supervision, reflective practice. Legal, social, political and ethical issues as they influence the context of supplementary prescribing and practitioner/patient behaviour.
        * Legal requirements of prescription pad care, reporting adverse drug reactions.
        * Prescribing and public health, use and misuse of medicines and prescribing power.
        * Prescribing as a response to patient/client need and or service developments.
        * Maintaining competency in supplementary prescribing practice.


        * A written examination consisting of short answer questions. Marking to be conducted against specified marking guides.
        * A Practice Portfolio demonstrating the achievement of practice competencies/ learning outcomes. The achievement of practice competencies/learning outcomes will be assessed within practice by the medical supervisor and will be recorded as pass/fail. Portfolios will then be marked by academic staff according to Level 6 criteria and will be awarded an academic grade. The assessment strategy has been developed in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (Nov 2002, 2004) and Health Professional Council (2004) guidelines. Due to the integrated nature of theory and practice students must pass each component to achieve the award. In the event of a student failing in one or more components they will be allowed one further attempt to re-submit work or resit examinations but in only the failed component(s) as per University Assessment Regulations.

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