Prescribing by non-medical prescribers

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Expiry date: February 2018

 

Prescribing by nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals

In the past, most prescribing was done by doctors or dentists.

Now, some other healthcare professionals may be trained to prescribe. They are called non-medical prescribers.

Non-medical prescribers can help to support and improve your care by:

  • Allowing you to be seen more quickly
  • Closely monitoring your treatment
  • Offering you more choice.

This is because you will not have to wait to see a doctor or dentist, if you need medicine as part of your treatment.

Information about different prescribers

There are three types of non-medical prescriber within Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust:

  • Community practitioner nurse prescribers are specially qualified community nurses who can prescribe the majority of dressings and appliances, and a limited number of prescription-only medicines
  • Supplementary prescribers agree a treatment plan with you and your doctor over a set period of time. The supplementary prescriber can then write prescriptions and make changes to your medicines as described in the plan
  • Independent prescribers can prescribe, change and stop most medicines within their area of expertise.

Supplementary and Independent prescribers are nurses, pharmacists, or other associated health professionals (such as optometrists or physiotherapists) who have completed special training.

All prescribers receive regular supervision and training for their role.

There may be some medicines or situations where a non-medical prescriber will ask a doctor for advice.

We will ask whether you are happy to receive your medicines or dressings/appliances from a non-medical prescriber. You can say yes or no, or ask for more time to think about it. Whatever you decide, you will still be given the most appropriate care and treatment.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about prescribing, you can contact the lead nurse for non-medical prescribing:

Sally Jarmain
Unit 1
Exeter International Office Park
Clyst Honiton
Exeter
EX5 2HL

Telephone number: 07805 848 283

Details about your prescriber

Name: ………………………………………………………………

Telephone number: …………………………………………….

Type of prescriber:

tickbox Community practitioner nurse prescriber

tickbox Supplementary prescriber

tickbox Independent prescriber

 

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Last updated: April 20, 2016