Designated Prescribing Practitioner Competency Framework

Regulatory changes in 2019 mean that experienced non-medical prescribers of any professional background can become responsible for a trainee prescriber's period of learning in practice in a similar way to Designated Medical Practitioners (DMP).

To help train safe and effective independent prescribers we've worked with multi-disciplinary experts to develop and publish a Competency Framework for Designated Prescribing Pracititioners (DPP).

This new framework will help Universities running independent prescribing programmes, NHS trusts and boards with independent prescribers, trainee independent prescribers and experienced independent prescribers to understand the expectations for a DPP through standardised competency descriptors.

Find out more at our national events

Hear first-hand from the project team and experts who developed this multi-disciplinary framework and collaborate on implementation at our launch workshop. 

Final chances to book! 

  • London - Wednesday 22 January 2020
  • Cardiff - Friday 24 January 2020
  • Glasgow - Tuesday 28 January 2020

Statement of funding

This framework has been co-funded by the RPS and a grant from Health Education England.

Consensus statement

The project steering group used a consensus process to agree the final prescribing framework. Consensus was achieved.


The competency framework has been endorsed by professional bodies representing other prescribers (some endorsement applications are still in progress).



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