Where has non-medical prescribing got to?

Non-medical prescribing needs to be fully and effectively integrated into service delivery and workforce planning if it is to be rolled out into new practice areas and its full benefits realised, concludes this author in an assessment of non-medical prescribing now, more than 15 years since district nurses and health visitors started to prescribe from a very restricted list.

Important systems and processes for non-medical prescribing include: ensuring students and designated medical practitioners (DMPs) understand the expectations of the prescribing programme; defining a prescribing role for each student when qualified; identifying clear criteria for going on the course; and putting support systems involving clinicians and managers in place.

Courtenay M. Editorial: non-medical prescribing: where are we? J Nursing Healthcare Chronic Illness 2010; 2(3): 175-177