Pre-2019 Standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers

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

Standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers publication cover

The standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers (2006) were replaced by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Competency Framework for all Prescribers on 28 January 2019.

The competency framework and our new standards for prescribing programmes now set out the requirements for NMC-approved prescribing programmes and the competencies required for safe and effective prescribing practice.

We’ve kept the 2006 standards and circulars that underpin them available on our website for education and research reference purposes only.

Nurse and midwife prescribers must not use these to inform their ongoing prescribing practice. They must refer to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Competency Framework and other relevant sources of information and guidance instead for this purpose.

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Standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers (2006)

NMC Circular 04/2010
First published: March 2010
Nurse and midwife independent prescribing of unlicensed medicines.

NMC Circular 03/2010
First published: March 2010
Unlicensed medicines – changes to the indicative content of the independent and supplementary nurse prescribing programme – V300.

NMC Circular 02/2009 
First published: February 2009
Standards of educational preparation for prescribing from the community nurse prescribers formulary for nurses without a specialist practitioner qualification – V150.

NMC Circular 02/2009 Annexe 1
First published: February 2009
Standards of educational preparation for prescribing from the community nurse prescribers formulary for nurses without a specialist practitioner qualification – V150.

NMC Circular 16/2008 
First published: December 2008
We’ve withdrawn our circular about remote assessment and prescribing. Visit our page on standards for medicines management for more information.

NMC Circular 31/2007 
First published: October 2007
Integrated V100 prescribing within specialist community public health nursing programmes and SPQ district nurse upload

NMC Circular 30/2005 
First published: October 2005
V100 Nurse Prescribers

NMC Circular 29/2007 
First published: October 2007
Strengthened requirements on Criminal Records Bureau checks for eligibility to undertake preparation to prescribe as a nurse independent prescriber.

NMC Circular 22/2007 
First published: August 2007
NMC Prescribing for children and young people

NMC Circular 30/2005 
First published: October 2005
V100 Nurse Prescribers

Links

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