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Nurses being able to prescribe sooner could benefit patient care

June 2018

From September 2020, the Nursing and Midwifery Council expects all education programmes, including those relating to prescribing, to operate under new standards.

penny franklin prescribing opinion piece

Penny Franklin

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:-

Responsibility Prescribing Between Primary Secondary Care

June 2018



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