Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Prescribing

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This programme is designed to equip qualified and registered prescribing practitioners with an enhanced level of knowledge and understanding of the complexities of prescribing practice. The programme will build upon your existing knowledge and skills, empowering you to make strategic prescribing decisions whilst working autonomously at an advanced, or even expert, level.

This programme is designed to equip qualified and registered prescribing practitioners with an enhanced level of knowledge and understanding of the complexities of prescribing practice. The programme will build upon your existing knowledge and skills, empowering you to make strategic prescribing decisions whilst working autonomously at an advanced, or even expert, level. Utilising advanced methodologies, the programme will support you to critically analyse and evaluate current practice alongside the underpinning evidence-base and to synthesise the knowledge gained from the programme, to develop your prescribing practice in an innovative and advanced manner, within a dynamic health and social care environment.

  • Award title

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Programme duration

    8 months

  • Validated by

    London South Bank University

Entry requirements

  • You must hold an Honours Undergraduate Nursing, Medicine or Allied Health degree (or equivalent).

  • You must hold prescribing qualification (V300 or equivalent)

  • You must be a Native English Speaker or have a Prior university qualification via English or have an IELTS 6.5 or equivalent or complete the Cambridge Education Group English Language Assessment

What will I study?

  • Complex clinical decision-making: theories and application
  • Advanced history taking and interviewing
  • Systematic holistic assessment
  • Patient safety and risk assessment (human factors)
  • Patient/Person-centred prescribing
  • Service user perspectives
  • Pharmacodynamics
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • ADRs/toxicity/overdose/therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Drug research and clinical trials
  • Anti-microbial resistance and stewardship
  • Polypharmacy and deprescribing (monitoring and review)
  • Legal frameworks
  • Ethical prescribing & Remote prescribing
  • Medication Management Cycle and Accountability
  • Audit and clinical governance
  • Communication and multidisciplinary teamwork
  • Healthcare policy and reform

Programme benefits

How this programme adds to your V300 knowledge:

  • It has a strong focus on decision making and assessment skills
  • It advances communication techniques and introduces the concept of motivational interviewing
  • It explores the issues around unconscious bias and the impact on patient consultations and prescribing
  • It analyses patient safety from a systems perspective
  • It emphasises the importance of vigilance and the impact of human factors in relation to prescribing errors
  • It explores the impact of health disparities within healthcare
  • It introduces the concept of genomics/pharmacogenomics
  • It looks to instill a more person-centred approach to prescribing and healthcare.

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