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Influences on you as a prescriber

  • Released: 01/2011
  • Reviewed: 01/2015
  • Study time: 10h:0m
  • Standard price: £35.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

The extension of health professionals’ rights as non-medical prescribers offers new challenges, and raises new concerns about the application of the law in practice, about professional judgements and about liability and indemnity should something untoward happen.

Non-medical prescribers need to recognise the existing and potential influences that they could be subject to. The learning programme enables them to understand where they fit into the bigger picture.

Influences on you as a prescriber - health warning We are aware that the material in this programme does not refer to the latest published material on this topic. You are advised to refer to the update document, current references sources and published evidence.

The three distance learning programmes of the prescribers' portfolio are being redeveloped into a guide to support you maintaining and developing your prescribing practice. The guide is scheduled for publication in November 2015.

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Learning objectives

On completion of all aspects of this programme you should be able to:

  • understand the structure and principles of the National Health Service (NHS) and how this applies to your prescribing practice and how your work contributes to the health of the local population
  • identify the mechanisms used by local health economies to influence prescribing
  • understand the place of shared care agreements and how they may impact on your prescribing practice
  • reflect upon how executive letters and health service circulars can help you make prescribing decisions
  • identify, critically evaluate and apply sources of evidence to your prescribing practice
  • use local guidelines, formularies, protocols and policies to influence and change your practice
  • understand how community engagement can influence prescribing decisions and how patients/carers and their support groups can influence national policy and prescribing
  • be more aware of the influence of the pharmaceutical industry and how to deal with it when prescribing
  • develop your own code of practice for working with the industry, using the ABPI code of conduct.

How to use this programme

On your computer: You can open this programme as a PDF in your web browser. We recommend that you download and save it to your computer and view it through Adobe Reader.

On your tablet device: If you would like to view this programme on your tablet device you can download the PDF and open it within a free PDF reader app. We have tested this type of programme in a few apps and found that it works in the Adobe Reader app on Android and Apple devices and the PDF Reader app on Apple devices.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees
  • CPPE registrants