From September 2020, the Nursing and Midwifery Council expects all education programmes, including those relating to prescribing, to operate under new standards.
This will mean nurses can begin to train for community practitioner nurse prescribing qualifications (through a V150 programme) immediately after receiving their PIN – instead of waiting two years.
This change looks set to increase the number of nurse prescribers and has the potential to improve patient care. (Though for this to really take off the formulary used by community practitioner nurse prescribers needs looking at as it is over 20 years old and requires updating.)
To read more on this article written by our very own commitee member Penny Franklin’s prescribing opinion piece:-
Public satisfaction with general practice has fallen to its lowest level since records began, according to the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey.
‘ It has now been announced that the Commission for Human Medicines endorse the recommendations and support independent prescribing for Paramedics. The case for paramedic prescribing now seems to have the support that it needs to change the required legislation and also start planning the educational preparation of paramedic prescribers. This has been too long in the making and something that has been needed to help the health service modernise and indeed like the introduction of other types of prescriber, will help the NHS survive. As we all know from our own journey the change in legislation can take some time but this really is a great development for paramedics to become non-medical prescribers. As other NMP prescribing courses are up and running I hope that their regulator (the HCPC) will look favourably on multiprofessional learning. Having so many different professions in the same classroom helps us all develop a greater understanding of each other’s roles and helps us all develop into better practitioners.
We welcome paramedics joining the AfP and hope that it will help them in their own development as prescribers. I am also sure that having a paramedic on the committee of the AfP would also be beneficial to our organisation. Congratulations to all of those involved for your hard work and let’s hope that the implementation goes smoothly and without too much of a delay’
Professor Matt Griffiths
Independent Consultant Nurse
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Visiting Professor of prescribing & medicines management
The prestigious award of Queen’s Nurse has returned to Scotland for the first time in 50 years, marking the latest in a series of awards that began in 1859.
Concerns that too few public health and community nurses are being trained in England are growing, as new figures indicate a number of universities have seen reductions in the amount of funded course places they are able to offer this year.
The trend is revealed in figures given to Nursing Times in a snapshot survey of higher education institutions. The decrease in training places is in part a “knock-on” effect after the difficulties in recruiting enough nurses to fill courses in the past couple of years, Nursing Times has been told.
The challenge of filling public health nursing programmes has been so great that at least one university has been forced to cancel a programme.
Unions have warned that a range of factors are to blame, including cuts to public health nurse jobs, service changes and financial pressures, and uncertainties about the amount of funding employers receive to cover nurses while they are in full-time training.
Health Education England, which funds the training, has not yet confirmed how many specialist nursing course places it has commissioned for the 2017-18 academic year, due to its long-delayed publication of workforce plans.
After seven years of wage austerity for nurses, the Government is to scrap the NHS pay cap.
The Association for Prescribers are pleased to advise was written by our very own Committee Member Penny Franklin. Penny Franklin is a UK National Expert in Non-medical Prescribing and has published widely. She is an Executive Member of the Association of Prescribers and is Prescribing Lead for the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association. She is a member of the Nurse Prescribers Advisory Group for the British National Formulary. Penny is a Registered General Nurse and a Health Visitor by background and is an Independent and Supplementary Prescriber. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting and the Higher Education Academy. She links to the University of Plymouth, UK as an Associate Professor and Senior Associate Lecturer.
Chapters also provided by AFP committee members Eleri Mills, Andrew Rideout, Sally Jarmain, Alan Borthwick, Sarah Kraszewski and our previous chair member Dr Barbara Stuttle CBE.
This book explores key developments in Non-medical Prescribing in the UK. Addressing the needs of countries in the European Market and beyond, which have been closely watching UK developments and would be interested in embedding or developing counterparts of their own.
Featuring chapters by clinicians, leaders and practitioners in the UK Non-medical Prescribing arena, it identifies both current and potential future developments. Attention is paid to the different prescribing practices and governance within the four countries constituting the United Kingdom. Many lessons have been learned along the way and the purpose of this book is to share these lessons, together with best practice examples in connection with the implementation of nurse/health professional led patient care, implementation of patient centered practice, and governance.
Designated Registered Practitioners who have completed an enhanced training now receive a professional body qualification which enables them to prescribe within their scope of practice as Non-medical Independent Prescribers and, providing that they are competent, from anywhere within the British National Formulary independently of doctors; for Nurses, this also includes most controlled drugs.
The book will be of interest to policy makers and to forward-looking professionals and practitioners in the diverse European Health and Social Care market.
A 20% discount will be available to members of the AFP when this book is released.