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Support for pharmacist independent prescribers seeking to expand their prescribing practice

PDA members will know that the PDA has focused on the importance of competence since the increase in practice-based pharmacists started by the NHS England Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice pilot in 2016-17.

Thu 30th June 2022 The PDA

The PDA has provided a series of articles highlighting cases where things have not gone as expected and where there may be learning points for members. The PDA has also produced a regularly updated FAQ document, including some of the most common queries that have been received from members. This is in the hope that the answers will help others practicing in this setting.

There are still questions that remain around competence, these are:

  • How do you measure it?
  • What can you do to improve it?

The PDA always starts by advising members to complete and maintain a Boundaries of my Clinical Practice Statement (or similar). This is a written record of the areas in which a pharmacist practices and the education, training and experience which underpins this practice. This document should be reviewed regularly and is a useful way to identify areas where there may be a need for further support and training or to add areas for extension of practice and note down the additional education, training and clinical support, and mentorship which is required to become competent.

The PDA is highlighting a recently published guidance document from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. The PDA hopes it will support independent prescribing pharmacists to approach reviewing and expanding their competence in a robust and structured way.

  • Find a template Boundaries of my Clinical Practice Statement here.
  • Download the regularly updated Advice and FAQs for prescribing and non-prescribing pharmacists working in primary care document here.

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