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SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: NMS09143
Module leader: Alison Wood
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Centre for Health and Wellbeing

Nurses and Midwives
Meet the requirements stated in Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2006) Standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescri

2019/0, Trimester 1, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Alison Wood
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Learning and teaching strategies aim to develop skills of problem solving and reflective practice. Face-to-face delivery will be nine days and teaching methods will include case study analysis, presentation and discussion in group work seminars and tutorials closely aligned to the six Learning outcomes and the 26 NMC competencies to be achieved in practice. The course duration is 26 weeks in total.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
Learning through Moodle will be an important component of the module. Students will explore key concepts of prescribing practice and relate them to their own field of practice. Students from the outset will be encouraged to share experiences, information sources and practice reflection through a series of individual and collaborative tasks which will feed into a work-based portfolio. The use of the portfolio will be an effective means of facilitating, assessing and recording the student’s critical thinking, reflective skills, 12 days (78 hours) supervised learning in practice and practice competencies. Tutorial support will be provided via face to face, e-mail and on-line tutorials.

Assessment (formative or summative)
The assessment is aligned to Standard 11 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2006) Standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers, London, NMC, Page 26 and the HCPC (2013) standards for prescribing. It is a national agreed assessment strategy, to give consistency across all HEI’s in Scotland. The assessment is designed to meet learning outcomes 1-6 of the module.

Formative Assessment:
A directed pharmacology activity will be submitted to Moodle on week 3-4 of the module.
In week 7-8 of the module students will sit a mock test that is aligned to the timed pharmacology and BNF navigation class test – week 13.
Students will be encouraged to submit a draft of their portfolio document prior to week 7 of the second trimester of study.

Summative Assessment:
LO 5
1. timed pharmacology and BNF navigation class test – week 13
Students will complete a written final class test that consists of twenty short answer and multiple choice questions to test pharmacological knowledge and its application to practice. Students must achieve a pass in accordance with Standard 11d of NMC standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers (2006).
2. Numerical assessment
Students will complete a timed individual numerical assessment within the context of prescribing practice. Student must achieve a pass in accordance with standard 11e of NMC standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers (2006).
If a student fails one component of the assessment he or she will be required to resit the failed component.

2. Completion of learning in practice documentation - Week 11 of the second trimester
Clinical Assessment Document LOs 1, 5
This document must be successfully completed, signed off as competent by Designated Medical Practitioner and submitted with the portfolio of evidence.

Portfolio of evidence. (6000 words) LOs 1-6
This is an academic account of the students learning in practice. It is designed to meet learning outcomes 1-6. It must include a reflective account supporting the systematic and detailed examination in practice, 1,000 words and 10% of the mark.
The remaining portfolio of evidence (5,000 words and 50% of the final mark) must include evidence of writing prescriptions and prescribing in a range of scenarios in the context of the students prescribing practice. Please refer to portfolio documentation for further information.
Students who are intending to prescribe for child and/or adolescent and/or adult patients will be required to demonstrate that they can make an appropriate prescribing decision for each patient group they will be prescribing for.
Students are required to pass all elements of the assessment prior to being awarded annotation on the relevant professional register.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 57
Online Guided independent study 102
Other Work based learning 78
Independent Learning Guided independent study 163
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 5 5 9 HOURS= 0.5, WORDS= 0
Class Test 25 5 13 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 10 1,3,4,6 26 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Portfolio 50 1-6 26 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 5000
Placement (Practical) 10 1-6 26 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Consultation, Decision-making and Therapy including Referral. Influences on and Psychology of Prescribing. Prescribing in a Team Context Clinical Pharmacology including the Effects of Co-morbidity. Evidence-based Practice and Clinical Governance in relation to Prescribing Legal, Policy and Ethical Aspects. Professional Accountability and Responsibility. Prescribing in the Public Health Context

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
These learning outcomes are mapped to the Learning Outcomes in Standard 9 of Nursing and Midwifery Council (2006) Standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers, London, NMC, Page 18 and HCPC standards for prescribing (2013)
LO1: Apply consultation models and reflect on a variety of clinical scenarios to demonstrate safe, appropriate and cost effective prescribing across the lifespan
LO2: Analyse legislation, sources of information, advice and decision support to demonstrate evidence based prescribing practice.
LO3: Reflect on key stakeholders roles and involvement in prescribing, supplying and administering medicines
LO4: Reflect on the wider influences on prescribing practice
LO5: Apply knowledge of medications to one's own prescribing practice
LO6: Compare the relationship between independent and supplementary prescribing

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Non-Medical Prescribing