This is an independent report commissioned and funded by the Policy Research Programme in the Department of Health. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the Department.
The study carried out in England by the Universities of Southampton and Keele evaluates nurse and pharmacist independent prescribing in order to inform planning for current and future prescribers.
The report concludes that nurse and pharmacist independent prescribing is becoming a well-integrated and established means of managing patients’ conditions and providing them with the medicines they need. The research also reports that Nurse and Pharmacist Independent Prescribers are operating safely and prescribing appropriately and that there are high levels of satisfaction among patients being treated by them.
Commissioners of healthcare may wish to consider the findings of this study and potential use of nurse and pharmacist prescribing when commissioning services.