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Non-medical Prescribing in the United Kingdom (Hardcover)

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The book aims at a European Market and further afield, that has been watching UK developments with interest and would be interested in embedding and or developing Non-medical Prescribing. It contains chapters by clinicians, leaders and practitioners in the UK Non-medical Prescribing arena. It will be forward looking identifying potential future developments. Attention is paid to the different prescribing practice and governance within the four countries of the United Kingdom.  

Many lessons have been learned along the way and the purpose of this book is to share these lessons as experienced with the UK with examples of best practice in relation to the implementation of nurse/health professional led patient care, implementation of patient centered practice, and governance. The book will be of interest to policy makers and to forward looking professional leads and practitioners in a diverse European Health and Social Care market. 

The concept of Nurse Prescribing in the UK started in 1986 following on from the Cumberlege Report, which identified the need for patients in primary care to obtain timely access to medicinal products. Legislation was enacted in 1992 to enable primary care nurses with a Specialist Practice Qualification who had undertaken further study to prescribe from a limited Community Practitioners Formulary for Nurse Prescribers. Since then, Non-medical Prescribing has developed to incorporate a wide range of practice areas for both nurses and designated allied health professionals. Designated Registered Practitioners who have completed an enhanced training now receive a professional body qualification which enables them to prescribe within their scope of practice as Non-medical Independent Prescribers and providing that they are competent from anywhere within the British National Formulary independently of doctors; including for Nurses most controlled drugs.

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