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Implementing an e-portfolio for non-medical prescribing modules

Ely, Val, Kaye, Vicky and Osborne, Antony (2015) Implementing an e-portfolio for non-medical prescribing modules. Nurse Prescribing, 13 (5). pp. 250-254. ISSN 1479-9189

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This article discusses the implementation of a web-based e-portfolio into nonmedical prescribing (NMP) modules at the University of Huddersfield. The e-portfolio adopted has all the elements of the former paper-based document. A key advantage of implementing an e-portfolio is the contribution it makes to the National Information Board’s (2015) digital priorities for health and social care. The e-portfolio can equip NMP students, as part of the wider health-care workforce, with digital skills and knowledge that are appropriate to their role and also their impending prescribing role. Adopting an e-portfolio within the NMP modules has brought many benefits, including strengthened assessment methods in terms of authenticity, reliability and mentor preparation. The main challenges experienced were related to the IT literacy and skills of participants, as well as computer or internet access issues in the workplace. These challenges were similar to those faced by Moule et al (2011). The module team overcame these issues through continual review of the assessment strategies being deployed and the functionality of the e-portfolio.

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Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final from in Nurse Prescribing, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. The final edited and published work can be accessed at
Uncontrolled Keywords: E-portfolio; Non-medical prescribing; Competence; Assessment; Digital literacy
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Schools: Computing and Library Services
School of Human and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Graham Stone
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2015 16:40
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 18:15


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