This is a really difficult question to answer, my kneejerk response to this would be a no.
I have recently qualified as an independent prescriber, and my GP mentor added a lot of value and made me see things in a different way. It’s really important that prescribers have an appreciation of all factors which might influence a decision. We might well be the experts in medicines, but I for one am only just starting to learn just how much I don’t know.
I think that our professional bodies are great at extolling the virtues of just what pharmacists can do, but in a lot of ways, we have a long way to go to get there. Pharmacists prescribing in every community pharmacy would be great to improve access to treatment for minor illness, e.g sore throat, UTI, but we’ve collectively got a long way to go with our skills in physical examination.
I think that finding a DMP is a barrier to training as a prescriber, it certainly was for me. It took a sector change and a significant pay cut to find a GP willing to mentor me. While I think there is a role for pharmacists to support trainees, they can in no way replace the value that a GP mentor adds