Request for help from Non-Medical Prescribers in Acute Medical Units

Our very own Committee member, Louise Cope, pharmacist and a PhD student at the University of Manchester. I would like to invite you to take part in a study that is exploring the perceptions of non-medical prescribers in Acute Medical Units in the UK, regarding their self-efficacy (a person’s belief in their ability to succeed in specific situations) in prescribing, their prescribing errors and the possible cause of those errors. The study is in the form of an anonymised online survey which takes around 10 minutes to complete.
The Francis Report emphasised the need to put patients first at all times, and to protect them from avoidable harm. To date, almost all research on prescribing errors has been conducted on prescribing by doctors, with little research into prescribing errors by non-medical prescribers.
Non-medical prescribers are a large and growing workforce and are playing an increasing role in supporting the clinical commissioning programme for the NHS. It is therefore necessary and appropriate to expand our knowledge and understanding of this type of prescriber and their associated prescribing errors.
It is hoped that this study will increase the understanding around the perceptions of non-medical prescribers regarding their self-efficacy in prescribing and how prescribing errors occur, resulting in a decrease in the number of errors and an increase in patient safety and quality of care.
I hope that you will take the time to read the attached Participant Information Sheet which outlines the study in more detail and explains what will be involved if you agree to take part.
The survey may be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Participation may also provide you with a chance to reflect on your professional practice and the service you provide. You could use your experience of taking part in this study as part of your continued professional development or professional portfolio to support your revalidation.

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