The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has called for legislative change to increase the number of prescribing mentors.
In its updated single competency framework for all prescribers, published today in collaboration with all prescribing professions and patients, the Society calls for any experienced prescribing professional working in a multidisciplinary environment to be able to monitor any health professional learning to prescribe.
RPS president Ash Soni said: “The high demand on NHS services coupled with the move to new roles for pharmacists as part of the greater integration of the professions is increasing the need for prescribers."
The Society's proposals would give greater access to the support needed when undertaking a prescribing course, said Mr Soni. "We would still want to ensure that some time is spent with a doctor so the two professions can learn from each other."
The competency framework outlines a common set of key competencies central to effective performance needed by all prescribers, regardless of their professional background and in addition support for the continued professional development of all prescribers. It is intended to help support healthcare professionals to be safe, effective prescribers.