The first pharmacist prescribing course in the United Kingdom for supplementary prescribing (SP) was held in 2003 at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen with pharmacists able to practice as SP from 2004 onwards.
Independent prescribing (IP) courses together with legislative changes to allow practice as IP's by pharmacists were introduced in NHS Scotland in 2007/08.
Since 2003 around 900 pharmacists within Scotland have undertaken a prescribing course clNES Pharmacy support pharmacist prescribers both within their training period and in implementation of their training into practice once they have qualified and are registered as a pharmacist prescriber.
How NES Pharmacy support Pharmacist Prescribers
Regional Practice Education Co-ordinators (PECS)
In 2010, NES Pharmacy appointed Regional Practice Education Coordinators (PECs) for each of the assigned 3 regions in Scotland. The PECs support pharmacist prescribers both within their training period and in implementation of their training into practice once they have qualified and registered.
A database of Pharmacist Prescribers is held to ensure that support is being provided. If you wish to be listed on the database please contact your
The Professional Advisory Group (PAG) Non Medical Prescribing Subgroup
This group was set up as a working subgroup of the overall strategic NES Pharmacy Profession as supporting pharmacist prescribers was seen as a priority area. NES Pharmacy NMP PAG subgroup meetings are held approximately three times per year in February, May and November.