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Nurse prescribers and the benefits of a preceptorship programme

When non-medical prescribers reported a lack of confidence to practise autonomously and unequal access to CPD, their trust devised a programme of ongoing support

When non-medical prescribers reported a lack of confidence to practise autonomously and unequal access to CPD, their trust devised a programme of ongoing support

Encouraging nurses to develop their autonomy is pivotal to providing high quality patient care, aiding service transformation and achieving the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan .

A prescribing qualification helps develop that autonomous practice, and many senior nurses and allied health professionals at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have obtained non-medical prescriber (NMP) qualifications to underpin their specialist roles.

How did the NMP preceptorship programme come about?

The trust has 270 NMPs, including district nurses and specialist nurses in areas including heart failure, palliative care, tissue viability,

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