AC7065 - Community Practitioner Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives (V100)

What will I learn on this module?

This module is integrated within the Post Graduate community nursing specialist programmes preparing for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN specifically health visitors) and District Nursing. The module will facilitate your development of the knowledge and skills required for safe and effective prescribing from the UK Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary for Community Nurse Practitioners as an integral part of your professional programme. Successful completion of all components of the module will lead to the achievement of a recordable prescribing qualification with your regulatory body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The subject areas you will study include assessing the patient and considering prescribing options, pharmacology for prescribing and de-prescribing, legal and regulatory frameworks, providing information, reaching shared decisions, monitoring and reviewing treatments, prescribing safely, professionally and as part of a team and improving prescribing practice.

How will I learn on this module?

The module team aim for this to be an interactive, interesting and motivating learning experience which will help you towards confident and competent prescribing decisions. To support this you will engage in interactive and social learning opportunities through action learning groups, e-learning activities, and interactive mobile apps. Seminars, peer review, group and individual tutorials. This will support your learning towards your assessments.
Over the course of the module you will work in partnership with your practice supervisor to identify opportunities for you to apply and integrate learning of clinical, legal and professional requirements alongside current available evidence to support your prescribing journey. Your progress will be supported by your supervisor and assessed n practice by your practice assessor.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be allocated an academic tutor to support you in your development and achievement of the module assessment requirements and help you to integrate your knowledge and application of prescribing practice within your formative and summatively assessed work. A small group tutorial will then be followed by an individual tutorial at specific points in the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
You will be able to
1. Appraise and interpret the legal, ethical and professional frameworks for accountability and responsibility for community practitioner prescribing within your own sphere of practice
2. Evaluate evidence to support your prescribing decisions
3. Summarise your knowledge and understanding of products used within your sphere of practice

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Demonstrate professional skills in consultation, decision making and prescribing safely and effectively
5. Employ partnership approaches with patients/carers to monitor and review treatment, manage/report adverse drug reactions

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
6. Critique your prescribing practice and support others to prescribe safely and effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment includes:
• Self-assessment of Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) competencies & building evidence seminar (MLO 1-6)
• Mock written pharmacology examination (MLO 1 & 3)
• Prescription writing workshop (MLO 4)
• Peer review of written assignment (MLO 4)
• Numeracy self-assessment (MLO 6)

This preparation will then support the summative assessment processes which include:
• Achievement of Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) competencies in clinical practice with learning log, service user feedback & personal reflection (MLO 1-6)
• 2 hour written pharmacology exam (MLO 1 & 3)
• 1500 word academic assignment (MLO 1 & 2) and accurate sample prescription (MLO 4)
• Numeracy assessment (MLO 6)





Module abstract

Over the past 20 years, Northumbria University has established itself at the forefront of initiatives, working with our partners to develop the potential of health professionals as prescribers and has received excellent feedback from students. Community Practitioner Prescribing by health visitors and district nurses have pioneered the enhancement of community roles and this module continues to build on this expertise. Working alongside our teaching team of leading clinicians and academic researchers you will find this to be an interactive, interesting and motivating experience which will help you to be to acquire the knowledge and skills required for safe and effective prescribing from the UK Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary. You will utilise technology to support your learning and work in partnership with your supervisor and assessors to help you to identify learning opportunities so that you can begin your prescribing journey with a strong, confident foundation. Not only will you be developing service provision and enriching the patient/client experience, you will be enhancing your own clinical practice and career pathway.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 18 months Full Time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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