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

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 (2016).

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.

2021 refreshed framework

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society published a refreshed framework in September 2021.

Our Council formally agreed to adopt the refreshed framework, and a timescale for implementation, at their meeting in November 2021.

All Approved Educational Institutions (AEIs) must confirm their approved prescribing programmes meet the refreshed framework no later than 1 September 2022. This will be done through the 2022 Annual Self-Reporting process. We're also asking our existing prescribers to familiarise themselves with the refreshed standards.

Visit the Royal Pharmaceutical Society website to find out more about the refreshed framework.

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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