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Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) said it is developing a competency framework for designated prescribing practitioners/prescribing supervisors in response to upcoming regulatory changes on training non-medical prescribers.

The new framework will help to ensure those taking on this role have the necessary skills and experience, it said.

Earlier this week, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced its decision to revise the education and training standards for pharmacist independent prescribers.

The regulator has retained the requirement for pharmacists of working two years in a relevant, patient-facing area before applying to train as an IP.

The revised standards also state that suitably experienced non-medical independent prescribers will now be able to act as DPPs. The Council has omitted the proposal in consultation requiring course providers to arrange for formal mentoring of DPPs.

RPS added that it has long championed the use of pharmacists as prescribing supervisors.

“We welcome the opportunity for different prescribing professions to bring their expertise to the development of future prescribers. This will improve prescribing opportunities for the wider workforce, and also support designated medical practitioners by distributing the supervision workload,” it said in a statement.