Nurse Prescribing

14:00 - 15:30

Non-Medical Prescribing (NMP) has evolved since its inception and is now available to a wide range of healthcare professionals including nurses, physiotherapist, pharmacists, paramedics and dieticians.

The programme of study to become an NMP within the UK is rigorous, and involves a combination of theory taught curricula and supervised practice-based learning. Prescribing is a complex skill that is high risk and error prone, with many influencing factors.

Non-Medical Prescribing has been in place for nurses since 2006 and is a well-established extended qualification. There are now over 54,000 nurse and midwife prescribers across the UK with over 19,000 nurse independent and supplementary prescribers.

The impact of nonmedical prescribing can be evaluated from the perspective of NMPs themselves, other healthcare professionals and patients, and from the perspective of the outcome of their prescribing. Currently, the literature on the impact of the prescribing practices of Allied Healthcare Professionals is limited, but is increasing as evaluations of their recently acquired prescribing authority are concluded.

The available literature indicates that NMPs report that the ability to prescribe increases their job satisfaction and self-confidence, makes them more independent, and enables better use of their skills. They also report feeling that it enhances their relationships with patients. Patients report greater flexibility with appointments, continuity of care, that their conditions are better controlled, with an enhanced understanding of their medication and the perception of a more caring style of consultation.

This workshop will explore the increasing role of NMP in practice and how becoming an NMP can enhance service provision and care for patients.

The workshop will also provide an overview of the recent changes in the pre-requisites for healthcare professionals to undertake the NMP course and the new practice supervision requirements from the regulatory bodies (NMC, HCPC and GPhC).

Alison Bardsley, Associate Professor for Non-Medical Prescribing , Coventry University