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Supplementary prescribers to come under new framework

A new single-competency framework now covers all healthcare prescribers after the National Prescribing Centre (NPC) introduced umbrella guidance for all health professions.

Previously, each non-medical prescribing profession had its own framework. But launching the single framework in May, the NPC said:

‘It is now clear that a common set of competencies underpin good prescribing practice regardless of professional background.’

The new competency framework replaces all the existing frameworks and updates the competencies.

It applies to all prescribers, including doctors and dentists, and to both independent and supplementary non-medical prescribing practice.

The society is encouraging physiotherapist supplementary prescribers to promote the single-competency framework within their organisations and within their own medicines governance structures.

While the centre holds a remit for England and Wales, the CSP hopes that Scottish and Northern Irish physiotherapist supplementary prescribers will also benefit from using the new single-competency framework.

Pip White, CSP medicines and prescribing officer, said: ‘This document acknowledges that the elements required for safe prescribing practice are common across all prescribing professions.

‘I hope that all current supplementary prescribers review the framework and review their current practice against it,’ Ms White told Frontline.

The new framework comes as the physiotherapy profession awaits the outcome of a Department of Health submission to the Commission on Human Medicines on physiotherapist independent prescribing.

This is expected to be announced by department officials in the next few weeks.

The competency framework is available to be downloaded in its entirety from the NPC website:


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