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Non-Medical Prescribing


Welcome to the non-medical prescribing web pages containing links to related documents, publications, articles of interest, links to other websites aimed to inform about all aspects of non-medical prescribing. #


This page is currently being updated. Please see below for current documents in use in relation to annual declarations and register applications.


Since 1999, all district nurses and health visitors have been able to prescribe independently from a limited formulary of medicines and medicinal products to treat conditions they encounter and are skilled to deal with (Nurse Prescribers' Formulary for Community Practitioners).

In 2002 the law changed to enable other nurses to prescribe more medicines for a wider range of medical conditions after undergoing a rigorous degree-level education programme.  Since then, the staff groups who can prescribe in some way has expanded and now includes nurses, pharmacists, podiatrists, radiographers, physiotherapists and optometrists.  The range of medicines has also increased to include most medicines for any medical condition the practitioner is competent to manage.



NMP   Validation and annual declaration administration. letter to practices


NMP   Annual declaration form


NMP   Register application form - notification of newly qualified non-medical prescriber/change in   





The Non Medical Prescribing Policy  For East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen CCG can be accessed here 

Richard Lee, East Lancashire Health Economy New Drugs Pharmacist.


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