More than 18 000 nurse independent/supplementary prescribers

November 15, 2009 by admin 

There are now more than 18 000 nurse independent/supplementary prescribers (V300), according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). There are also nearly 33 000 community practitioner nurse prescribers (V100), more than 1500 nurse independent prescribers (V200) and 150 V150 community practitioner nurse prescribers.

The amount of prescribing done by non-medical prescribers also continues to increase. Recent figures from the NHS Business Services Authority show that in the year to June 2009, nurses prescribed 11.9 million items, a 15.7% increase on the previous year. In the same period, pharmacists prescribed 157,348 items, an increase of 82.1% on the previous year.

DH makes connections

May 1, 2009 by admin 

The Department of Health (DH) has published an information note giving examples of how non-medical prescribers  - both nurse/pharmacist independent prescribers and supplementary prescribers - can work in parallel with doctors to ‘increase access, capacity and choice’ for patients (see ‘Making the connections - using healthcare professionals as prescribers to deliver organizational improvements’).

Twelve case studies were commissioned and illustrate how patients are benefiting in a range of settings from these new services.

A few examples from the document:

  • Nurse and pharmacist prescribers in A and E departments increase speed of treatment for minor illness or injury and allow doctors to concentrate on more complex cases.
  • Family planning services using nurse prescribers to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies.
  • Nurse and pharmacist prescribers in nursing homes and mental health services optimise prescribing and reduce drug wastage.