THE Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has called for legislative changes to allow any experienced prescribing professional to monitor any health professional learning to prescribe, at the launch of its updated single Competency Framework for all Prescribers.
RPS President, Ash Soni, said: “The high demand on NHS services coupled with the move to new roles for pharmacists as part of the greater integration of the professions is increasing the need for prescribers. We want to see legislative change so any experienced practising prescriber working within a multidisciplinary team can mentor any health professional.
“This would give greater access to the support needed when undertaking a prescribing course. We would still want to ensure that some time is spent with a doctor so the two professions can learn from each other.
“With new developments in the roles of pharmacists in the community, in GP practices, hospitals, care homes and urgent care this move will help pharmacists provide a new type of care that will really benefit patients.”
The Competency Framework, which was produced in collaboration with all the prescribing professions as well as patients, outlines 10 key competencies which focus on the consultation process and prescribing governance, and describes the activity or outcomes all prescribers should be able to demonstrate.
The 10 competencies in the framework are as follows:
1. Assess the patient
2. Consider the options
3. Reach a shared decision
5. Provide information
6. Monitor and review
7. Prescribe safely
8. Prescribe professionally
9. Improve prescribing practice
10. Prescribe as part of a team
The framework has been endorsed by the four Chief Pharmaceutical Officers of the home nations and 11 organisations representing prescribing professions.
For more information visit the RPS website.