There are now more than 18 000 nurse independent/supplementary prescribers (V300), according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). There are also nearly 33 000 community practitioner nurse prescribers (V100), more than 1500 nurse independent prescribers (V200) and 150 V150 community practitioner nurse prescribers.
The amount of prescribing done by non-medical prescribers also continues to increase. Recent figures from the NHS Business Services Authority show that in the year to June 2009, nurses prescribed 11.9 million items, a 15.7% increase on the previous year. In the same period, pharmacists prescribed 157,348 items, an increase of 82.1% on the previous year.