A PILOT which will allow pharmacist independent prescribers (PIPs) who work in GP practices to prescribe electronically, is being carried out during November and December within NHS Forth Valley, Grampian, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Highland and Lanarkshire in a small number of selected practices.
Community pharmacists may receive GP10 forms which have been stamped on the bottom right hand corner with the word ‘PIP’ and annotated with the prescribing PIP’s General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registration number.
The GP10 will appear as though it has been generated by a GP and the barcoded message will contain all the GP details, however, the PIP counter signature, the stamp with the GPhC number and the PIP designation ensures that all legal requirements are met.
The Scottish Government has identified an immediate requirement to identify a short-term solution to enable PIPs to prescribe electronically. This is part of the ongoing work to support the current and future resourcing pressures being faced by GP practices and NHS Boards. It is expected that a longer-term solution will be provided by the General Practitioner IT system reprovisioning project.
For more information, see the Community Pharmacy Scotland website.