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Matt Griffiths: The UK pioneered nurse prescribing, but are we making it count?

Many nurses who can prescribe do so infrequently, or not at all. A review of the nurse prescribers’ formulary may help to overcome one of the barriers

The UK pioneered prescribing by nurses, yet many nurses who can prescribe do so infrequently. A review of the nurse prescribers’ formulary may help to overcome one of the barriers

Latest figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) show that as of September last year there were 77,067 nurse prescribers in the UK.

Yet many nurses trained to prescribe do so infrequently or not all. What are the barriers to nurse prescribing, and how can they be overcome?

Of the two groups of nurses who are qualified (see box), community practitioner nurse prescribers are using their powers less than previously, while nurse independent/supplementary prescribers (NISPs) are using their qualifications much more.

Community practitioner nurse prescribers are frustrated that the Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary at their disposal does not meet their needs.

Review of the formulary

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