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Supplementary Prescribing for Dietitians - Level 6 - AC0636

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About this course

This course is part of Continuing Workforce Development for NHS practitioners. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form and gain authorisation from an appropriate decision maker within the NHS before sending it back to us.

Would you like to enhance your professional practice by becoming able to prescribe?

This programme consists of one level 6 module; AC0636 Supplementary Prescribing (30 credits).

This course would suit dietitians who wish to be able to prescribe as a Supplementary prescriber.

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Learn from the Best

Designed by a multi-professional team including Allied Health Professionals, Nurses, Midwives, and Doctors our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.


Teaching and Assessment

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, group discussions and case study analysis. You will also be required to undertake independent study and will be support by e-learning resources including PebblePad+ and Numeracy where appropriate. 

Formative Assessment

There are multiple opportunities throughout the programme for formative assessment and guidance towards the summative assessment. You will have the opportunity to undertake a ‘mock’ written examination with a reflective follow up session to explore your learning needs prior to the summative written examination. You will also receive additional guidance throughout the programme, in the form of portfolio development workshops, peer review, group and individual tutorials.

Summative Assessment: - Supplementary Prescribing (AC0636)

1. Written Examination: will take place at the end of the programme. Marking is conducted against specified marking guidelines. This will consist of two sections;

  • Section A - mandatory numeracy questions 100% pass is required. 
  • Section B - to test pharmacological knowledge and its application to practice.  Students must achieve a minimum 80% pass.

 2. Practice Portfolio: Prescribing proficiencies will be assessed in practice by the Medical Supervisor and will be electronically signed and recorded as a pass/refer/fail within the practice portfolio completed using a work book within PebblePad+.  Personal feedback will be left via PebblePad+ by academic mentor and medical supervisor

3. Case Study demonstrating the Prescribing Proficiencies. A mark of 40% or more is required for a pass.

4. Clinical Management Plan (CMP) and an accurately completed specimen prescription, adhering to legal and good practice guidance, relating to the case study. 


Learning Environment

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.


Research-rich Learning

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


Give Your Career an Edge

The ability to prescribe changes a practitioner’s role significantly and the V300 is changing the face of healthcare, contributing greatly to an improved patient experience.


Your Future

This accredited module can count towards the MSc in Practice Development (40 credits).

Course info

Award Type Level 6

Sector Healthcare Public Health

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start April 2018

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