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

From 28 January 2019, all prescribing programmes approved under our new standards for prescribing programmes must deliver outcomes which meet the requirements of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Prescribing Competency Framework.

This competency framework sets out what the professionals on our register need to know and be able to do by the time they register their prescribing qualification with us. The requirements of the competency framework will be the standards we consider safe and effective prescribing practice for all prescribers on our register.

It replaces our standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers (2006).

Our Council approved this adoption at its meeting on 28 March 2018.

Using the competency framework

Educational institutions should read the competency framework alongside our standards for prescribing programmes to get a better picture of what we expect of them and their practice placement partners when delivering a NMC-approved prescribing programme.

Prescribers on our register should refer to the competency framework and other relevant sources of information and guidance to inform their ongoing prescribing practice.

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