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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

This course focuses on prescribing governance and the professional aspects of prescribing practice along with the advanced clinical skills required to be a competent independent/ supplementary prescriber.

This course constitutes one part of the SCQF 11 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing Programme. Those students who wish to register with their governing body as Independent and/or Supplementary Prescribers will have to successfully complete this course together with the course- Applied Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Clinical skills for Prescribing.

A prerequisite for undertaking this course is the successful completion of both Fundamentals of clinical method and decision making (I) and Fundamentals of clinical method and decision making (II) courses or equivalent.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Helen Gray
  • Dr Jonathan Whitfield

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Course Description

The aim of this course is to allow healthcare practitioners working in advanced and autonomous roles to expand their knowledge of prescribing governance, the professional aspects of prescribing and the prescribing in the wider context. They will apply this knowledge in the clinical domain enhancing their ability to assess and manage patients presenting with acute and/or complex long term health problems.

The outcomes of this course are mapped to the current guidance from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the document “A Competency Framework for all Prescribers” produced by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

RA – Medication Error (20%)

Professionalism & Identity Essay (20%)

WBA (20%)

Portfolio (40%)

Alternative Resit Assessment

Resit of any failed item

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualApplyDemonstrate (3) an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the legal, ethical and professional issues and frameworks which govern practice as an independent/ supplemental prescriber.
FactualApplyDemonstrate (3) an ability to work proactively with other members of the team involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medicines in order to maintain prescribing safety and cost effectiven
ConceptualAnalyseCritically (5) reflect on your own and others prescribing practice and gain an understanding of the causes of prescribing error
FactualApplyDemonstrate (3) an extensive knowledge of drug actions, interactions and adverse reactions. Critically apply this knowledge to the development of individual clinical/ medicines management plan
ConceptualAnalyseAnalyse (4) the influences on prescribing practice including the diverse and complex sources of information/advice and decision support and apply this to an evidenced based approach to prescribing pra

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