The Welsh Assembly finally passed the legislation, first announced in January last year, to allow Welsh nurse prescribers the same freedoms as those in England, Scotland and Ireland.
Wales previously resisted introducing independent nurse prescribing, only allowing supplementary nurse prescribing. It changed its policy after England opened up the full formulary to nurse prescribers last year.
Nurses already trained as supplementary prescribers will now be offered a ‘top-up’ course. Health minister Brian Gibbons said he expected nurses would be independently prescribing in practice by the summer. The first full independent course is due to start in the Autumn.