In practice: guidance for pharmacist prescribers


Pharmacist prescribers play a vital role in the delivery of high-quality healthcare services and in the improvement of person-centred care across many healthcare sectors in England, Scotland, and Wales. They are well placed to use their knowledge of medicines, and their skills as prescribers, in the existing and various new roles which are being developed and integrated into care models.

Pharmacist prescribers are responsible for creating a culture of personcentred professionalism wherever they work, and for ensuring prescribing itself and prescribing services are delivered safely and effectively. A pharmacist prescriber may be a pharmacist supplementary prescriber or a pharmacist independent prescriber. Both can prescribe, supply and administer medicines and medical devices.

This Guidelines summary covers guidance for pharmacist prescribers in applying the General Pharmaceutical Council standards when prescribing. The guidance applies whatever setting pharmacist prescribers work in. It sets out the key areas pharmacist prescribers should consider when applying the standards to their prescribing practice. Pharmacist prescribers should also keep to the other relevant standards and guidance that apply to their place of work and role. 

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