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RPS opens consultation on draft designated prescribing practitioner framework

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is asking members for their views on a draft competency framework for designated prescribing practitioners.

The draft framework aims to provide consistency in the quality of training delivered by experienced prescribers to trainee non-medical prescribers (NMPs).

Healthcare professionals training to become NMPs undertake a period of learning in practice, supervised by an experienced prescriber. Until 2018, the supervisor had to be a medical practitioner, a referred to as the ‘designated medical practitioner’.

But, in December 2018, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) announced that NMPs — including pharmacists — would be allowed to supervise trainee NMPs, under the title of ‘designated prescribing practitioner’ (DPP).

In the consultation document, the RPS says the framework, which is aimed at healthcare professionals across disciplines, will “help prescribers to be effective DPPs”, and will also help providers of independent prescriber training programmes ensure that DPPs are suitably qualified and experienced.

The draft framework can be viewed and responded to on the RPS website. The consultation will close on 2 August 2019.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2019.20206706

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