Association for Prescribers

What does the AFP do?

For ten years, the Association for Nurse Prescribing (ANP) has been a leading voice campaigning for, and promoting, the role of nurse prescribing. The association, whose Patron is Baroness Julia Cumberlege, CBE, and President Dr June Crown, CBE, achieved its objectives in May 2006, when legislation was changed enabling appropriately qualified nurses to prescribe from the full British National Formulary within their area of competence.

The role of the AFP originally evolved to provide nurses with support and education in order that they feel confident in their role. The AFP is now supporting all non-medical prescribers. The AFP recognises that the patient is at the heart of every health professional’s career and that all health professionals need to continue improving their standards of care, knowledge and proficiency.

Association for Prescribers:

  • Provides a community for all non-medical prescribers and medical prescribers
  • Promotes education, training and continued professional development for all non-medical prescribers across the United Kingdom
  • Provides a unifying voice for the membership to influence government bodies, nursing organisations and other healthcare professionals on future developments in prescribing.
  • Allows networking of all health professionals with an interest in prescribing
  • Supports research into non-medical prescribing
  • Shares good practice
  • Offers advice and support to prescribers, higher education institutions and government bodies

Committee Members:

Patron : Baroness Julia Cumberlege, CBE

President : Dr June Crown, CBE


Sam Sherrington, Head of Nursing and Midwifery Strategy

Sam Sherrington

Responsibility for implementing Compassion in Practice, including the Francis recommendations for nursing. For eight years, Sam worked for the Northwest Strategic Health Authority, leading the delivery of the Department of Health Non-Medical Prescribing Programme across the region, nationally and internationally. She has also served as a Board Nurse for both Trafford and Bolton Clinical Commissioning Groups. Sam is a Registered Nurse, qualified Specialist Practitioner in the home, District Nursing and Nurse Prescriber. She has also held the position of Cancer Lead at Bolton Primary Care Trust and obtained an MSc Nursing (Cancer). Sam is well published and has won a number of awards, most notably The Eileen Steele Memorial Award for Caring from The University of Northumberland. Sam enjoys spending her spare time with her young family, and is currently completing her MBA

Vice Chair

Dr Nicola Carey

Dr Nicola Carey

Nicola is a qualified nurse who has worked in a variety of posts across the country in primary care as both a practice nurse and nurse practitioner. She also spent two years in the United States whilst undertaking her Master’s in Public Health in community health education, and was involved in several national and state level projects including the Youth Risk Behaviour Survey. Nicola’s main interests are in primary care, service improvement, the development of advanced nursing practice and non-medical prescribing.

Since January 2005 Nicola has been involved in a number of projects in non-medical prescribing including: diabetes, dermatology, paediatrics and the development of multi-professional prescribing. The findings from this research have provided support for revised prescribing regulation and assisted service providers to understand how non-medical prescribing can be used in service redesign.


Penny Franklin RGN RHV Dip N MA PG Cert

Penny Franklin

Penny is the Executive Editor for the AFP and an Associate Professor at Plymouth University. Her expertise is in Non-medical Prescribing and Medicines Management.
She has a background in Adult Nursing, Health Visiting and Children’s Nursing.

She works nationally with the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association as their prescribing link and is a Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting.

Penny is part of the BNF Sub-committee for the Community Practitioners Formulary.

She has published widely with regards to Non-medical Prescribing and Medicines Management.






Professor Alan M Borthwick OBE PhD, FFPM RCPSG

Alan is a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton.  He is a member and former Chairman (2008-2015) of the Medicines and Medical Devices Committee of the College of Podiatry, and represented the Allied Health Professions Federation on the Department of Health AHP Medicines Project leading to independent prescribing for podiatrists and physiotherapists.

Alan was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List in 2016 for services to health and health research.

Eleri Mills, Queens Nurse RGN RHV V100 BSc(Hons) MSc PGCE HE Fellow

Eleri Mills

Eleri is an experienced Health Visitor and nurse educator and has worked in pre and post registration nurse education. Currently she is Programme Leader for Non-Medical Prescribing. She is a committee member of the Association for Prescribers UK (AFP) and has also been involved as an expert panel member and external examiner in a number of Approved Educational Institutions (AEI) NMP validations in England. As such she complements the programme in a significant way by bench marking the programme with best practice elsewhere in the UK. She is also a member representing the University on the local (BCUHB) NHS Trust Board for NMP implementation. In addition she is a Specialist Lecturer on the SCPHN programme and is a member of the UK Standing Conference on Specialist Community Public Health Nurse Education.

Gavin Gorman

Gavin Gorman

Gavin trained as an Extended Formulary Nurse Prescriber at Southampton University while working in Hampshire Partnerships NHS Trust and has practiced as a supplementary and latterly an independent prescriber in Community Mental Health, Mental Health liaison and Psychiatric Emergency and Crisis Team settings.

Gavin represents Scotland on the AFP Committee along with Andrew Rideout.

Gavin is the Chair of the Scottish Government NMAHP Prescribing Leads group. The group drives the national strategy for Non-Medical Prescribing and consists of representation from each of the Scottish Health Boards.

Gavin took up post as the Non Medical Prescribing Lead for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in November 2013. Prior to this he was employed as the Lead for Non-Medical Prescribing and Medicines Governance in NHS Borders for 4 years and had also led the Non Medical Prescribing Project in NHS Borders in 2007-8.

Although not currently in a clinical role having recently moved posts and health boards, he is keen to find a clinical niche and develop a nursing/prescribing role within NHS GG&C alongside his NMP Lead position.

Andrew Rideout MPH RN

Andrew Rideout MPH RN

Andrew is a Public Health Specialty Registrar in Dumfries & Galloway. He is a Registered Nurse, with a background in adult and children’s nursing, mainly in the Emergency Department setting, and maintains an active clinical and prescribing role as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in the Out of Hours Service.

Andrew represents Scotland on the AFP committee, and co-chairs the Scottish Government NMAHP Prescribing Leads group along with Gavin Gorman.

Jacqui Kinsey MSc. IPresc. MFRPSII MRPharmS FHEA

Jacqui Kinsey

Director of Prescribing Education at the Centre for Professional Development and Lifelong learning at Keele University. Jacqui has worked at Keele University since 2002 previously as the Prescribing Studies Programme Manager delivering distance learning education to postgraduate pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Qualified as an Independent pharmacist prescriber in 2008 and combining an educational role with a clinical one, running clinics in a GP practice focusing on the management of long term conditions, particularly hypertension.

Prior to joining the University Jacqui worked in a range of both community and primary care roles in both England and Wales. A member of the Staffordshire and Shropshire Local Professional network, a Faculty member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Louise Cope

Louise Cope

A pharmacist and Senior Lecturer in Continuing Professional Development and pharmacology at Edge Hill University. Louise teaches on all aspects of medicines management with a focus on non-medical prescribing. Louise qualified as a pharmacist in 1987 and has worked across a number of sectors of practice including primary and secondary care, community pharmacy and academia.

Louise is qualified as an independent pharmacist prescriber and is currently a part time PhD student at Manchester University, researching patient safety and non-medical prescribing.



Marion Russell BSc (Hons) RN Cert Ed (FE) Cert Health Promotion

Marion Russell

Marion retired from the NHS after 46 years’ service in many areas, the last 10 being in Medicines Management at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She has worked in both the secondary and independent sector and held senior positions in the adult setting.

From 2003 she was employed at Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust as the Clinical Development Nurse: Medicines Management. In this role she developed learning programmes for nurse/midwives and Allied Health Professionals relating to medicines management, writing and monitoring the development of patient group directions and supporting the nurses in non-medical prescribing as the Non Medical Prescribing Lead.

She was the chair of the Non Medical Prescribing Forum which represents the former South East London Workforce Development Confederation and has been involved in the development of the CPD programme for non-medical prescribers.

She was the initiator and founder member of the Nurses Working In Pharmacy Network Group set up to support nurses who work in pharmacy.

Matthew T.J. Fitzpatrick FCPodMed, FRSPH, FFPM RCPS(Glasg)

Matthew T.J. Fitzpatrick

Matthew has been working clinically for over 10 years with a focus in Musculoskeletal Podiatry. Following his undergraduate degree at University College London – London Foot Hospital he developed an interest in sports and dance pathologies. He went on to undertake masters in sports science. Clinically Matthew works as part of the South East London Foot & Ankle Clinic LLP.

He is a member of the professional body’s Council and is the Dean of Podiatric Medicine, College of Podiatry. He achieved Fellowship of the College of Podiatry in 2010 as well as a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Public Health. He was one of the founding Fellows of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, RCPS(Glas). He worked on the successful project board, in the Department of Health (England) that achieved Independent Prescribing for podiatrists and physiotherapists.

Mrs Oriel Brown

Mrs Oriel Brown

Oriel commenced her nurse training in the Belfast City Hospital over 34yrs ago and is a Registered Nurse, Midwife and Health Visitor. She has worked in a variety of healthcare settings: Acute hospital services, Primary Care, Child Health, GP practice and Occupational Health.

In 2004 she was appointed to the position as a Nurse Prescribing Adviser (the first in Northern Ireland) and has driven forward the role of Nurse Independent and Supplementary prescribing across Northern Ireland.

For the last few years Oriel has been a Nurse Consultant in the Public Health Agency with a breadth of responsibilities regionally and locally for service development/service improvement within primary and secondary care and has a professional remit within the Local Commissioning Groups. Most recently she is working as a Senior Manager in Quality Safety and Patient Experience.

Marea Brennan Thorns

Mrs Oriel Brown

Marea is an independent advanced nurse practitioner in aesthetic medicine and co-founder of MBNS and Qutis® Advanced Skin Clinics. A lead nurse prescriber for the independent clinic group.

Training and Mentoring are Marea’s key responsibilities as well as marketing & business growth. Three years ago, Marea was awarded a Master of Science (MSc) in Leadership & Management in Clinical Practice from Oxford Brookes University. My dissertation was entitled “The transition process from NHS to private practice for nurses working in aesthetic medicine and the experience of mentorship”.

A shortened version of my research study was published in the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing. Marea has trained many doctors, dentists and nurses in injection techniques for lip enhancement, facial lines, facial sculpting and volumetric lifting of the face. In 2013, Allergan invited Marea to join their nurse ambassador programme (ANA). From 2001-2004 she chaired the RCN forum for “Nurses in Aesthetic Medicine”. As leader of this group Marea was responsible for the development of Aesthetic Nursing Competencies, available from the RCN. Marea is also an honorary member of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN).

 Sarah Kraszewski  BEd, RGN, MA, Lecturer/Practice Educator ENB 901,998,928

Sarah K

British Heart Foundation Diploma Heart Save Project, Diploma in Asthma Management, Independent and Supplementary Nurse Prescriber, PFHEA.

Sarah is registered nurse with clinical and teaching expertise in Primary Care and Advanced Nursing Practice roles. Sarah currently works as Head of Department for Midwifery Child and Community Nursing and is the programme lead for Non Medical Prescribing at Anglia Ruskin University. She is a qualified independent and supplementary nurse prescriber and has led the educational programme at Anglia Ruskin since 2007.

Sarah initially trained as a Primary School Teacher and commenced her nursing career 1984. This has involved a variety of adult nursing roles, commencing in gynaecology and sexual health and then practice nursing and primary care. Sarah commenced her role in higher education in 2002, and has worked in a variety of teaching and managerial roles. She is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher education Academy.

Steph Garner

An Advanced Nurse Practitioner in primary care and visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and Anglia Ruskin University. Stephanie teaches on all the non-medical prescribing modules at both degree and masters level and has been an independent prescriber since 2002.

Martin Turns

Lead Podiatrist in Diabetes (Brighton and Hove)
Martin Turns is Lead Podiatrist in Diabetes employed by Sussex Community NHS Trust and based in Brighton and Hove. Martin qualified as a Podiatrist in 1991 from University of Brighton and has an MSc in Diabetes from University of Brighton in 2008. In 2007 he qualified as a Supplementary Prescriber and in 2014 passed the conversion course from Supplementary Prescriber to Independent Prescriber from London South Bank University. Martin has been a committee member since 2014.

Dianne Hogg, Queens Nurse

Dianne Hogg

Dianne Hogg is non-medical prescribing lead for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) for all the non-medical prescribing professions and chair of Cumbria & Lancashire Non-medical Prescribing (NMP) Leads’ Network.  The network includes NMP leads from all organisations employing NMPs and providing NHS care and programme leaders from the universities in the region. She is a health visitor by profession, and in 1999 became one of the first nurse prescribers in her employing PCT. She was involved in the inception of staff nurse prescribing (V150) which led to nurses from East Lancashire being on the first course in the country.  In her North West role, Dianne has had a leading role in the continuation and further development of non-medical prescribing in the region. She has given presentations on a wide variety of aspects of non-medical prescribing around the UK and guest lectures at the University of Salford.

Dianne worked with NHS England on the recent AHP Medicines Project which included advising the professional bodies of all four professions involved- radiography, paramedics, dietetics and optometry; in particular she worked closely with the Society and College of Radiographers on the documentation and garnering support for the case of need. She has co-authored a number of published papers including several about both therapy and diagnostic radiographer prescribing.

She is involved with assuring the robustness of Patient Group Directions in ELHT and is an active member of the Cumbria and Lancashire Vaccine PGD Group. Previously, Dianne facilitated nationally recognised leadership programmes across the East Lancashire health economy. In her spare time Dianne is a level 2 swimming teacher, teaching voluntarily with her local swimming club.

Sally Jarmain, Non-Medical Prescribing Lead

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Sally Jarmain is Non-Medical Prescribing Lead for the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust. She qualified as a Psychiatric Nurse in 1997 and after working for 6 months within an acute psychiatric unit, she decided to specialise in addictions. She worked in a therapeutic community for people with drug problems and then, in 1998, helped to set up an in-patient service for people requiring drug detoxification within an acute psychiatric unit in Plymouth. In 1999, she joined the Community Alcohol Service in Torbay and then moved to the Community Addiction Service in Exeter in 2004. She was appointed as Clinical Lead in Alcohol within the Exeter Community Addiction Service in 2007, and completed training as a Non-Medical Prescriber the following year. Whilst leading the alcohol service, she developed an alcohol liaison service and a comprehensive group work programme for clients with alcohol problems.

In 2010, she was appointed as Clinical Lead in Drugs within Devon Drug Service, where she was responsible for assuring clinical governance within an organisation undergoing significant redesign. She expanded the role of Non-Medical Prescribers within the service by identifying where they could be used to enhance service delivery, such as setting up titration clinics to speed up access to prescribing treatment.

She has been employed as Non-Medical Prescribing Lead for the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust since 2012. The Trust has a catchment population of nearly 500,000, and manages an acute hospital, 17 community hospitals and many health and social care community services.  The Trust employs around 100 Non-Medical Prescribers and one of the key challenges of her current role is to ensure that there is good governance across a broad range of practitioners.

She chairs the South West Non-Medical Prescribing Leads Forum and is a NICE Medicines and Prescribing Centre Associate.

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