Push for non-medical prescribing in Wales

Non-medical prescribing in Wales has been given an organisational push in a letter from the Chief Executive of NHS Wales to all Health Boards. The Boards are being asked to consider the recommendations made in a report of an All-Wales conference on non-medical prescribing. In the letter, Mr Williams says that the investment being made in training nurse and pharmacist prescribers is not being “utilised to its full potential” and highlights the current importance of making best use of available resources.

The recommendations ask NHS leaders to “harness the expertise” of non-medical prescribers with seven practical steps, including creating local registers of all non-medical prescribers, appointing a director within each board to lead on local non-medical prescribing developments, and using the report to explore the potential of non-medical prescribing in service and workforce planning.