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 (PLP)  similarly 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 Practitioners (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.

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Practical guide for independent prescribers

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If you're an aspiring independent prescriber, this guidance provides practical guidance on overcoming challenges such as finding a Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) and understanding the role of independent prescribers to a greater extent. 

If you're training to be an independent prescriber use this guidance as a support tool, supporting with resources to develop and build on your competencies and knowledge as a prescriber.

With an increasing role of independent prescribers in the healthcare model and NHS workforce, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has collaborated with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to produce support guidance for Pharmacist, Nurse and Midwife independent prescribers.

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Sections on this page

  • About prescribing
  • How to become an IP
  • During your course
  • Support available to prescribers
  • Case studies
  • Further guidance and support
  • Acknowledgments

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