Competency framework for all prescribers

Our six-week consultation on the updated competency framework for all prescribers ran from Friday 26 March until Friday 7 May 2021.

Thank you for your feedback. This consultation is now closed, and we’re analysing all of your responses.

Further updates will be published here.



Are you a prescriber or designated prescribing practitioner?

Does your organisation represent or employ prescribers?

Do you use the competency framework for all prescribers in your role or practice?

Then we want your views on the updated competency framework for all prescribers.

The framework has been reviewed and refreshed, in collaboration with a multi-expert group on behalf of all the prescribing professions in the UK.

Now we need you to complete our confidential survey, to ensure the updated framework is clear, relevant, current and fit for purpose for prescribers from all professional backgrounds. 

This update affects all prescribers, including:
  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Optometrists
  • Radiographers
  • Podiatrists 
  • Dieticians
  • Supplementary prescribers
  • Prescriber trainees
  • Course providers and
  • Organisations representing and employing prescribers.

What you need to do

  1. Download the consultation document (Word)
  2. Complete the consultation questions:
    • Online here (MS forms) or
    • In the Word doc (the questions are on p18 of the consultation document) and send your responses to [email protected]

Any questions?

Contact us at [email protected]

The survey should only take 15 mins to complete and will run from Friday 26 March until Friday 7 May 2021.

The answers you provide will only be used for the purpose of this work and not passed on to third parties.

Here’s a summary of changes


  • Introduction section is more concise and includes reference to the ‘Competency framework for designated prescribing practitioners’ (published December 2019)
  • Section on ‘Purpose of framework’ has been expanded
  • Section on ‘Role of professionalism’ has been merged into the framework itself
  • There have been light amends to some competencies and supporting statements to make them clearer
  • There will be a Welsh translated version.


  • There are now 75 supporting statements (11 new)
  • There are new "further information" sections for the supporting statements; we have moved further information/lists/examples here which clarify meaning and keeps the statements unique, clear and in scope.


  • 1 supporting statement has been deleted (statement 4.5 deleted and merged with 4.3).


To make the framework more concise, we’ve taken out the following sections and will move them to our website (the page will be open access):

  • ‘How the framework was updated’
  • ‘Examples of uses of the framework’
  • 2016 version - will be archived.