This programme is aimed at all non-medical prescribers working in any area of practice, and is applicable to independent and supplementary prescribers. It may also help you if you are considering undertaking a prescribing course or are currently undergoing training.
Book 1 – Prescribing legally and ethically
- Understand the policy background for non-medical prescribing and how it may be affected by future legislation.
- Describe the stages of the policy process and reflect on how these affect the implementation of non-medical prescribing in your local setting.
- Understand the concept of consent, when consent is required and how to identify when people are not able to give consent, and what to do in those situations.
- Understand the various ethical frameworks and how they affect decision-making in your prescribing practice.
- Reflect on the consequences of not prescribing to certain groups of people from an ethical perspective.
- Understand what constitutes clinical negligence and the legal implications for non-medical prescribing practice.
- Apply important principles of case law to your prescribing practice.
- Apply clinical governance principles and understand why record-keeping, the evidence base and risk assessment reduce your risk of being found clinically negligent.
Book 2 – Influences on you as a prescriber
- Understand the structure and principles of the NHS, how this applies to your prescribing practice and how your work contributes to the health of the local population
- Identify the mechanisms used by local health economies to influence prescribing
- Understand the place of shared care agreements and how they may impact on your prescribing practice
- Reflect on how government policies and directions can help you make prescribing decisions
- Identify, critically evaluate and apply sources of evidence to your prescribing practice
- Use local guidelines, formularies, protocols and policies to influence and change your practice
- Understand how community engagement can influence prescribing decisions and how patients /carers and their support groups can influence national policy and prescribing
- Be more aware of the influence of the pharmaceutical industry and how to deal with it when prescribing
- Develop your own code of practice for working with the industry, using the ABPI code of conduct
Book 3 – Prescribing safely
- Apply a clinical governance framework to your personal practice.
- Identify how your scope of practice is related to competence, negligence and your employer’s liability arrangements.
- Understand the terms clinical engagement and clinical effectiveness.
- Evaluate your prescribing practice and be able to use relevant decision-support tools.
- Understand about critical thinking and how to improve and apply your own critical thinking skills.
- Understand the importance of clinical supervision and how to record it.
- Describe the principles of audit and systems monitoring.
- Describe the principles of risk management and risk assessment.
- Describe the principles of medication error reporting and the tools and methods that are used.
- Understand complaints procedures.
- Describe the legal and practical issues related to writing prescriptions and the appropriate safeguards for their secure handling.
- Be aware of the professional requirements and responsibilities with respect to record-keeping and non-medical prescribing.
- Understand the ethical concept of confidentiality and the laws governing the handling and use of patient specific data.
- Identify the resources available for detecting and preventing fraud, and how to report it.
- Understand a health professional’s rights and the protection that they are entitled to if they report faults or wrong doing.