Northern Ireland produces prescribing guide

Northern Ireland has produced guidance for implementing independent nurse prescribing from the full formulary.

The guide, for health professionals and employers, provides advice on who is liable for prescribing mistakes as well as how to decide if a nurse should be trained as a prescriber.

It also tells employers that nurse prescribers must be allowed time to develop their competencies and explains that, although a doctor must be responsible for ensuring competencies are met, nurses may benefit from ‘buddy links' with other nurse prescribers. 

Northern Ireland gave independent nurse prescribers access to the full formulary in August last year. There are over 200 independent prescribers in the region and the first cohort of independent pharmacist prescribers qualified this month.



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