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Overview of the uptake and implementation of non-medical prescribing in Wales: a national survey

Courtenay, Molly ORCID:, Khanfer, Riyad, Harries-Huntly, Gail, Deslandes, Rhian ORCID:, Gillespie, David, Hodson, Karen ORCID:, Morris, Gary, Pritchard, Anthony and Williams, Elizabeth 2017. Overview of the uptake and implementation of non-medical prescribing in Wales: a national survey. BMJ Open 7 (9) , e015313. 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015313

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Objectives To identify (1) the non-medical healthcare professionals in Wales qualified to prescribe medicines (including job title, employer, where the prescribing qualification is used, care setting and service provided); (2) the mode of prescribing used by these healthcare professionals, the frequency with which medicines are prescribed and the different ways in which the prescribing qualification is used; and (3) the safety and clinical governance systems within which these healthcare professionals practise. Design National questionnaire survey. Setting All three National Health Service (NHS) Trusts and seven Health Boards (HB) in Wales. Participants Non-medical prescribers. Results 379 (63%) participants responded to the survey. Most of these prescribers (41.1%) were specialist nurses who work in a variety of healthcare settings (primarily in secondary care) within each HB/NHS Trust, and regularly use independent prescribing to prescribe for a broad range of conditions. Nearly a quarter of the sample (22%) reported that prior to undertaking the prescribing programme, they had completed master’s level specialist training and 65.5% had 5 years qualified experience. Over half (55.8%) reported that there were plans to increase non-medical prescriber numbers within the team in which they worked. Only 7.1% reported they did not prescribe and the median number of items prescribed per week was between 21 and 30. Nearly all (87.8%) of the sample reported that they perceived prescribing to have ensured better use of their skills and 91.5% indicated that they believed it had improved the quality of care they were able to provide. Conclusion Non-medical prescribing has been implemented across the whole of Wales; however, its uptake within HBs and NHS Trusts has been inconsistent, and it has not been considered across all services, particularly those in primary care. Opportunities therefore exist to share learning across organisations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 2044-6055
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 September 2017
Date of Acceptance: 2 August 2017
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 18:30

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