The GPhC guidance sets out five key areas pharmacists prescribers should consider when applying the standards to their prescribing

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) today launched a new guidance for pharmacist prescribers to ensure safe and effective care when prescribing.

The guidance sets out five key areas pharmacists prescribers should consider when applying the standards to their prescribing.

The key areas are:

  • Taking responsibility for prescribing safely
  • Keeping up to date and prescribing within their level of competence
  • Working in partnership with other healthcare professionals and persons seeking care
  • Prescribing considerations and clinic judgement
  • Raising concerns

The latest guidance also considered responses of a recent public consultation and have some changes from the initial proposals. This includes adding further examples of prescribing in different settings and strengthening the guidance concerning online prescribing of high-risk medicines.

The guidance emphasises that pharmacists prescribers must be able to justify decisions and advises to use professional judgement in the best interests of the patients.

It also mentions the need for extra safeguards, especially when prescribing antibiotics online or medicines likely to be abused or misused.

“This new guidance comes at a time when we are seeing rapid growth in the number of pharmacist prescribers working across a variety of settings throughout Great Britain. We have seen the number of prescribers on our register double since 2016. This new guidance clearly outlines what they need to consider in order to provide safe and effective patient-centred care,” said GPhC Chief Executive Duncan Rudkin.

The Guidance also includes a range of key questions for prescribers to ask themselves to ensure person-centred, safe and effective care. Links to other sources of relevant information are also available.

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