Here’s what you need to know about the Independent Nurse Prescribing Course.

Becoming an Independent Nurse Prescriber

20 November 2022 in Uncategorised

Everything You Need to Know About The Independent Nurse Prescribing Course

Challenges for non-prescribing individuals in the field of aesthetics

One of the biggest frustrations for non-prescribers in aesthetics is the lack of freedom and autonomy that comes with being a prescriber. Access to drugs and medications required for medical aesthetics is of utmost importance for ensuring maximum patient safety. Unfortunately, non-prescribers have no choice but to depend on an independent prescriber for access to prescription-only medications (POMs) such as anti-wrinkle treatment, hyaluronidase, and anesthesia.

Becoming an independent prescriber through the v300 course will give you the confidence to run your own clinic safely.

What you need to know about the Independent Prescriber course at the University of Manchester and the University of Salford:

Array Academy has partnered with both universities to offer Designated Prescribing Practitioner and Practice Assessor services to past delegates of Array Academy who wish to undertake the v300 course. Below is further information about the course offered at each university.

University of Salford – Non-Medical Prescribing (Level 7, 30 credits) The course is completed over five and a half months and includes seminars, group work, tutorials, lectures, and self-directed study. There are set days for weekly theory sessions.

The University of Salford offers five intakes per year: September, January, and April, with attendance for theory sessions on Mondays (24 weeks); March, with attendance for theory sessions on Tuesdays (24 weeks); and June, with attendance for theory sessions on Thursdays or Fridays (20 weeks).

The course consists of lectures and self-directed study. The September, January, March, April, and June 2022 courses will be delivered remotely via an online virtual classroom. In 2023, the June course will be delivered on campus.

The University of Salford is currently accepting applications, which can be submitted here. For further information about the course, please visit their website.

Here’s what you need to know:

The Independent Nurse Prescribing Course requires an undergraduate degree in a related discipline, one year of post-registration experience for nurses, and two years of post-registration experience for pharmacists. The cost is £1,380 per 30 credit module for self-funding applicants, and Manchester Metropolitan University offers three intakes per year with a required foundation course completion one year prior to applying for the V300 Prescribing Course.

FAQs – Manchester Metropolitan University 

Is the course online or face to face? The course is delivered live online via MS Teams on the dates advertised, with a mandatory face-to-face exam held onsite at MMU Campus Manchester.

What is the timetable/schedule? There are mandatory sessions between 10am and 4pm on specific days.

What does the 90 hours of practical work entail? You are required to complete a minimum of 90 hours of supervised learning in practice to meet the RPS 2021 Competencies. This includes a minimum of 30 hours to be spent with your Designated Prescribing Practitioner.

How many hours of self-directed study are needed? It is recommended that you complete a further 16 days of independent study in addition to the 10 University study days and mandatory 90 hours in practice.

Do we need to find our own Designated Prescribing Practitioner? Yes, you are responsible for organizing your own DPP and different Practice Supervisor if you are an NMC registrant. The University will not facilitate this. Array Academy can help by acting as DPP/PS.

Can I self-fund for aesthetics? Yes, we accept self-funded applicants from private practice. Please follow the application form guidance. You will be asked to provide all aesthetics practice education certificates and be interviewed.

Can I pay for my own DBS or does it need to be through an employer? You are required to have an Enhanced DBS within 3 years of the course start date. This can only be done through your employer. On some occasions, the University can facilitate this, but you are advised to make enquiries with admissions prior to application submission.

For further information about the course, please visit their website.

Course Lead Anna Kime Senior Lecturer Tel: 0161 247 2401 Email: a.kime@mmu.ac.uk

How Array Academy Can Help

Array Academy is in a unique position, as we have been approved by both the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University to act as a Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP)/ Practice Assessor (PA) for those applying for the course.

If you are considering applying for the Independent Prescriber course at Manchester Metropolitan University or Salford University, Array Academy can offer DPP/PA services to delegates who have trained with us before. Our service includes:

  • 90 hours of practical experience required by the course (consisting of online and in-clinic learning)
  • Access to medical facilities approved by the university
  • Unlimited email support throughout the course for help with course material
  • Access to Array Academy online training material

Array Academy Fees: £3600 (inclusive of VAT) – Please note this does not include university course fees

What are the next steps to becoming an independent prescriber?

  • You must have completed a foundation course at least one year before applying to the independent prescribing course.
  • In order for Array Academy to provide our DPP/PA service, you must have completed any course with us. See all of our courses here.
  • Apply to both Salford and Manchester universities to increase your chances of getting a place on a course date of your choice. Spaces for the Independent Prescriber course are very competitive.
  • Once you have filled in your application form, contact Array Academy by email at training@arrayacademy.co.uk or by telephone at 028 9457 1840.

Conclusion

Completing the independent prescribing course can give injectors the freedom and control to practice aesthetics independently and safely. Applying is without a doubt the most sensible decision you can make if you are serious about a career in aesthetics.

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