AdvDip(CPD) Non-Medical Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Pharmacists (HE7): 26 week programme

Pharmacists are playing an increasingly vital role in healthcare. On our specialised professional development course in independent and supplementary prescribing, you'll have the opportunity to learn the theory and practice of safe, appropriate and cost-effective prescribing that follows legal and professional frameworks.

Non-Medical Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Pharmacists (HE7): 26 week programme

Key information

Award:

AdvDip(CPD)

Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

26 weeks

Location:

University of Bolton

Start date:

23/05/2023

Course Details

Independent and supplementary prescribing is a key area of practice for pharmacists, requiring a broad understanding of the pharmacy discipline and proven skills in practice. Pharmacists need to practice safely and effectively, which calls for knowledge of clinical pharmacology, governance, professional accountability and legal, policy and ethical aspects. The University of Bolton's Non-Medical Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Pharmacists professional development course allows you to study all these areas and other key concepts.

The course will offer plenty of opportunities to put your knowledge into practice. Our medical professionals will guide you as you learn to apply your skills in a clinical setting, offering guidance and feedback to support your development. You can also expect to build skills like planning, teamwork, cooperation, critical thinking and rational decision-making. By critiquing and applying sources of information and keeping abreast of current developments in industry and policy, you'll have the chance to progress in your career in line with changes in the sector.

This course is known colloquially as V300, although this term is purely an NMC term.

Highlights
  • Our academic staff have a wealth of industry experience in NHS settings and relevant research positions.
  • We've been offering high-quality courses specifically designed to meet the needs of the health and social care sector for over 30 years.
  • This course combines knowledge of theory and practice. We'll support you in developing your prescribing consultation skills and applying your growing understanding of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics in practice.
  • When you successfully complete the course, you'll be eligible to register your qualification as a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber with the General Pharmaceutical Council. You'll also possess 40 credits at Level HE7 that can contribute towards a larger award in the University of Bolton's professional development framework.
Key Features
  • Our courses are developed to reflect the requirements of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework and are updated regularly in accordance with the changing healthcare landscape.
  • As part of this course, you'll have the opportunity to develop employability skills, values and behaviours, including action planning, personal impact and confidence.
  • You'll explore how to communicate effectively with patients and carers and assess patients' needs for medicines, taking account of their wishes, values, ethnicity and choices in their treatment.
  • We review the course curriculum regularly to ensure we incorporate contemporary theories and advancements.
  • This course is designed to help you achieve your potential and encourages you to take charge of your development to advance your career in healthcare.
  • Your employer may give you financial support to undertake this course, or you may be self-funded.
  • When you successfully complete this course, the University of Bolton will award you an Advanced Diploma of CPD in Non-Medical Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Pharmacists worth 40 credits at Level HE7.
Professional recognition

This course is validated and approved by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

When you successfully complete the course, you'll be eligible to register your qualification as a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber with the General Pharmaceutical Council.


Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £1,600 for the academic year 2022/23.

Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £1,600 for the academic year 2022/23.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2022-2023 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on www.gov.uk for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton students.


For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.


We take a blended approach offering a combination of face-to-face and online activities, including lectures, workshops, tutorials, role-play, discussions, and e-learning via the virtual learning environment. In classroom sessions, you'll focus mainly on studying the theory of independent and supplementary prescribing.

To cover the fundamentals of practice, we'll expect you to complete 12 days of hands-on experience to develop and demonstrate competence in prescribing within your area of clinical practice. During the course, you'll have access to staff support and meetings with your tutor at least twice each trimester. However, you'll be primarily responsible for managing your learning and must commit to considerable independent study time.

During assessments, you'll need to demonstrate that you can prescribe medicines safely and effectively for patients within the current legal, ethical and professional frameworks relating to prescribing practice. You'll also need to demonstrate that you're competent to prescribe within the context of your clinical placement. We'll expect you to create a portfolio and reflective learning log relevant to your prescribing practice in your own clinical setting. You'll also sit several written examinations, and your Designated Prescribing Practitioner will assess your communication, consultation and clinical decision-making skills in practice.

Modules
  • Non-Medical Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Pharmacists (26 weeks)
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 50%, Written exams 50%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 25%, Placement/study abroad 50%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 25%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Meet the team

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Caroline Merriman
Programme Leader

C.Merriman@bolton.ac.uk

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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