The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has published new guidance for designated prescribing practitioners (DPPs) to provide consistency in quality of training.
The new Competency Framework, which has been endorsed by several professional bodies, outlines the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviour required for DPPs.
It supports individuals across all independent prescribing professions, training providers and universities to understand what competencies must be met to provide safe and effective prescribing supervision to independent prescribers.
The RPS said many pharmacists training to be prescribers reported difficulties in getting supervision from medical prescribers for the ‘practical experience’ part of their course.
The pharmacy body supported the view that trainee prescribers needed the option of being supervised by other independent prescribers, and with the recent changes in the regulations, DPPs such as pharmacists could supervise trainee independent prescribers.
“This new Competency Framework for Designated Prescribing Practitioners is great news for independent prescribing and for patients. It will support experienced independent prescribers from a range of professions to consistently supervise the period of training in practice for a trainee independent prescribe,” said Gail Fleming, Head of Education and Professional Development at the RPS.
“It’ll also be useful for training providers updating their courses and healthcare organisations employing independent prescribers. Ultimately this should help make it easier for a trainee to find someone to train them and will give patients access to the care they need from the right healthcare professional for their particular condition,” Fleming added.