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Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing - HEA00084H

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Mike Kitching
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Spring Term 2019-20
B Spring Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

This programme aims to prepare Community Nurses without a Specialist Practitioner Qualification to prescribe from the Nurse Prescriber's Formulary for Community Practitioners.

Healthcare policy drivers indicate a shift in care from a secondary to a primary care setting and a requirement to ensure access to medicines at the point of need. This is likely to require more Community Nurses to train as Non-Medical Prescribers since they are often the first point of contact for patients being cared for at home. However, it may not be necessary for all Community Nurses to have the ability to prescribe from the whole British National Formulary (BNF) therefore the NMC have set standards of education to prepare community nurses without a Specialist Practitioner Qualification to prescribe from a limited formulary known as the Community Practitioner Formulary.

The programme includes 10 days theory and the equivalent of 10 x 7.5 hours in practice (6.5 hours excluding breaks) under the supervision of a Designated Non-medical Prescribing Mentor who is a Practising Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber.

Achieving 80% attendance is a requirement of the programme and attendance is formally recorded at all teaching sessions. Satisfactory attendance will be verified by the Module Leader or a member of the programme team in the portfolio of evidence.

The programme is mapped to the learning outcomes published by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and registrants who undertake the programme will study alongside practitioners undertaking the Independent and Supplementary Prescribing programme.

Module learning outcomes

On completing the programme the student will be able to:

  1. Undertake effective consultation with patients and carers that includes appropriate history taking and assessment skills to inform diagnosis and prescribing practice.
  2. Apply knowledge of pharmacology to prescribing practice.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of ethics and the legal and professional framework for accountability and responsibility in relation to community practitioner nurse prescribing.
  4. Prescribe safely, appropriately and cost effectively.
  5. Understand the role and responsibilities of the community practitioner nurse prescriber and the roles and responsibilities of others involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medicines.
  6. Identify evidence based sources of information, advice and decision support and explain how they will be used in prescribing practice.
  7. Recognise and respond effectively to influences on prescribing practice at individual, local and national levels.

Academic and graduate skills

Academic supervision is an integral part of this module and formative feedback will be given to the student throughout the module, in accordance with university guidelines.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Departmental - attendance requirement
Attendance
N/A 0
Essay/coursework
e-Portfolio
N/A 60
Practical
Practice hours
N/A 0
University - closed examination
Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing
1.5 hours 40
University - closed examination
Numeracy
N/A 0

Special assessment rules

Non-compensatable

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
e-Portfolio
N/A 60
Practical
Practice hours
N/A 0
University - closed examination
Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribing
1.5 hours 40
University - closed examination
Numeracy
N/A 0

Module feedback

Unseen exam: Cohort feedback will be provided in line with Departmental policy for closed examinations. Students may request to view their marked closed examination script. The application and a flowchart of the request process is available at https://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/student-intranet/teaching/exams

e-Portfolio of evidence: Written feedback will be provided within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

  • Courtenay, M. ans Griffiths, M. (2010). Independent and Supplementary Prescribing; An Essential Guide. 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (2015). The Code. Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives. London: Nursing and Midwifery Council.

For further resources please refer to the EARL Resource List



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