University Of Cumbria V300

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University Of Cumbria V300

University Of Cumbria V300

This is an exciting programme of study which, on successful completion, allows students to seek to have their qualification recorded by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and to practise as an Independent Nurse Prescriber (V300).

Prescribing by nurses has evolved to offer better access to medicines and to optimise the skills and expertise of nurses in the provision of care. Where appropriate, nurses are able to complete episodes of care, whilst also enhancing their role within the team.

Patients evaluate their experience of Nurse Independent prescribing positively.

Students frequently report that the course is probably the most challenging they have undertaken since their pre-registration programme, but also the most rewarding. Students report positively on the organisation of the course and on the support provided for their preparation as prescribers. The programme delivery is designed to provide opportunities for students to receive feedback to support the development of their work throughout the programme. We consider all student feedback and work with this to enhance the student experience and outcomes.

We meet regularly with Non-Medical Prescribing Leads and mentors to ensure that the programme maintains its relevance to the constantly evolving environment of healthcare, thus ensuring that students are ‘fit for practice’ and ‘fit for purpose’. The programme team includes academic staff who continue to work in practice.

Community Practitioner Nurse Prescribers, please see the course information page for V150 Prescribing for Community Practitioners. Further information and examples of Nurse Independent prescribing roles can be found here and using the link to the Non-Medical Prescribing Guide: a quick guide for commissioners (National Prescribing Centre, 2010)

Entry requirements

Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.

Selection criteria

All entry and selection criteria must be met in full prior to programme commencement.

  • Evidence of prior successful study at level 6 and within 6 years of the course start date.
  • We recommend that applicants have successfully completed at least one academic module at Level 7 prior to applying for this programme at Level 7.

A fully completed application form confirming:

  • at least two years’ clinical experience in the area in which prescribing will take place
  • identification of the need to prescribe by the line manager, and access to a prescribing budget on successful completion of the course
  • a Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) who will act as mentor
  • the DMP mentor must meet the standards required by the Department of Health
  • clinical governance arrangements agreed by the Non-Medical Prescribing Lead
  • (for applicants within Cumbria and Lancashire) evidence of attainment of a minimum mark of 80% in the pre-course numeracy assessment
  • a copy of a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check obtained by the applicant’s employer, and issued within three years of the course start date.

The application form provides further detail regarding essential criteria.