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Non-Medical Prescribing

Course Outline

This programme prepares Pharmacists, Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals for annotation as Independent Prescribers with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health Professions Council (HPC).

Upon completion of this programme, you will be able to practice as an Independent Prescriber.

The programme is managed by the School of Healthcare Sciences and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Studies, resulting in a multidisciplinary programme with two routes – one for Pharmacists and another for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (see links to route-specific information below).

The programme will be delivered collaboratively, with students from both routes sharing five days of teaching, during which networking and pooling of experiences is encouraged.

Extending prescribing responsibilities was originally recommended by the ‘Review of Prescribing, Supply and Administration of Medicines’, chaired by Dr June Crown in 1999. Supplementary Prescribing for Pharmacists and Nurses was approved in 2003 and for Allied Health professionals in 2009.

In January 2006, Independent Prescribing for Nurses, Midwives and Pharmacists was approved in Wales. This was seen by the Welsh Assembly Government to help to support the delivery of key areas identified in ‘Designed for Life’ (May 2005). The 10 year strategy aims to ensure patients are accessing the right person, at the right time to provide the most appropriate service in the best setting. In 2013, Independent prescribing for podiatrists and physiotherapists was also approved in Wales.

There are two pathways available:

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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