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NHS England - Paramedic Prescribing

Overview

In recent years, the NHS has allowed a wider range of allied health professions (AHPs) to prescribe or supply and administer medicines to patients. 

This is because for many patients an AHP is their lead clinician, yet they often do not have access to the appropriate prescribing or supply and administration of medicines mechanisms. 

Introducing these changes makes it easier for patients to get access to the medicines that they need in a timely manner so they gain maximum benefit.

The NHS is now consulting on proposals to enable paramedics, working at an advanced level and who have undergone the appropriate training, to be able to become independent prescribers of medicines across the United Kingdom.

The proposed changes will enable the development of new roles and new ways of working which will better utilise the skills of paramedics and therefore support the delivery of safe, effective services that are focused on the patient experience whilst also being cost effective.


The proposals for  paramedics would require changes to be made to medicines legislation.

 

Supporting Documentation

The following documents relate to the proposals for paramedics to become independent prescribers across the United Kingdom, and which should be read before completing the consultation response form:

 

Alternative formats

The patient and public summary document can also be requested in alternative formats, such as easy read, Welsh language, large print and audio. Please contact: enquiries.ahp@nhs.net

The consultation remains open for 12 weeks and responses should be sent to arrive no later than 22 May 2015, after which the consultation will be closed.

Why NHS England are consulting

This document covers the consultation on proposals to enable paramedics, working at an advanced level and  who have undergone the appropriate training, to be able to prescribe medicines independently.

Have Your Say

To complete the online consultation, please click here.

For further information about this consultation, please visit the NHS England website here.