Pharmacist Independent Prescribing

RPS has made three core recommendations to support the increased use of pharmacist independent prescribers (PIPs) over the next decade.

As medication regimes become more specialised and complex, the role of PIPs have become increasingly important in the delivery of high-quality clinical care. Greater use of PIPs within the multi-disciplinary team will expand patient access to care, improve capacity in the health care system and improve individual health outcomes.

What we are calling for...

  1. Establishing the right infrastructure, systems, and tools to enable patients to benefit from PIPs as part of routine care
  2. Developing the highly trained PIP workforce required to work routinely as part of multi-professional teams in all health care settings
  3. Providing ongoing professional development for PIPs as well as expanding their role in teaching and peer support.

Read our Recommendations on pharmacist independent prescribers.

The RPS prescribing page provides resources to help prescribers.

Professional Development

Current Need

Ongoing professional development for PIPS, as well as expanding their role in teaching and peer support.

Desired State

  • Peer support, mentoring and networking opportunities
  • Protected time for professional development and teaching
  • Tools to support professional development.
Workforce

Current Need

Developing the highly trained pharmacist independent prescriber workforce required to work routinely as part of multi-professional teams in all healthcare settings.

Desired State

  • Appropriate resources and support to implement the GPhC initial education and training standards
  • Appropriate skill mix of pharmacy teams to meet the needs of the population.
Professional Development

Current Need

Establishing the right infrastructure, systems and tools to enable patients to benefit from pharmacy prescribers.

Desired State

  • Pharmacist read and write access to patient health record
  • The ability to request and view results of investigations
  • Recognised referral pathways
  • Input into the wider multi-professional
  • Prescribing budgets to able to prescribe for the NHS.

Share your practice

With real-world examples of current prescribing practice and service developments, we can lobby for you more effectively and share best practice amongst the profession.

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