Nurses prescribing 13 million items a year

There are (as of June) 13,100 nurse independent prescribers and 21,220 community practitioners on the NHS Prescription Services database of prescribers, according to its latest report, published in September. Nurses prescribed 13.2 million items in the year to June – an increase of just over 10% on the previous year. Prescribing by pharmacists, although at lower levels (273,227 items) has increased dramatically – by over 70% in the year to June 2010 compared with the previous year, although it is still patchy geographically (53% of total pharmacist prescribing occurs in five Primary Care Trusts).