Standards for prescribers

In order to prescribe medicinal products, nurses and midwives must have recorded their prescriber qualification on our register. There are two types of nurse or midwife prescribers. Community nurse or midwife prescribers; and independent and supplementary nurse or midwife prescribers.

The standards that set out how nurses and midwives can achieve prescriber status, how prescribing programmes are run and what constitutes safe and effective prescribing practice are set out on the following pages.

These standards have either been produced by or adopted by us.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Competency Framework for All Prescribers

We’ve adopted the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Prescribing Competency Framework as our standards of competency for prescribing practice

Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education

Part 1 of Realising professionalism: Standards for education and training

Standards for student supervision and assessment

Part 2 of Realising professionalism: Standards for education and training

Pre-2019 Standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers

Pre-2019 standards still being used by programmes across the UK