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Medicines management: Will the prescribing competency framework be reviewed in the near future?

Will the prescribing competency framework be reviewed in the near future?

Question: Will the prescribing competency framework be reviewed in the near future?

The short answer is yes – and there will soon be opportunities for nurse prescribers to be involved in the review process.

The prescribing competency framework was published by the former National Prescribing Centre (NPC). This was used by higher education institutions (HEIs) to develop courses, as well as by nurse prescribers to review their skills and plan their professional development against the required competencies.

The NPC then used these competencies to develop further guidance for pharmacist prescribers and, as non-medical prescribing developed, for allied health professionals. Eventually, all the separate prescribing competency documents were used to create one publication, which was a competency framework for all prescribers from every profession.

When the NPC disbanded, responsibility for the publication was transferred to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

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