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Non-Medical Prescribing

Prescribing roles build on and extend registered professions ability to deliver full episodes of patient care. In turn this enhances patients timely access to treatment with medicines and patient experience whilst reducing waiting times, hospital admissions and more effectively using members of the healthcare team. Non-medical prescribing programmes provide the knowledge, skills and training to prescribe safely and competently. This ensures patients are supported by a wide variety of the healthcare team to optimise the use of their medicines, and improve the quality monitoring of conditions and medicines use.


Non-medical prescribing is the term used to describe any prescribing done by a healthcare professional other than a doctor or dentist. Who can be a non-medical prescriber? Nurses, Optometrists, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Radiographers. Training can enable role and career development through undertaking more advanced roles with greater responsibilities for managing patient care.



Course Information

Please download the provision and contacts information so that you can make further enquiries directly with the Universities.

Pharmacy Non-medical Prescribing

Courses in the region which offer pharmacist prescribing are funded by Health Education England through Universities within Yorkshire and the Humber. Acceptance onto the training programme is confirmation of funding for the programme. The option to self-fund is also available.

There is an admission process and criteria which must be met to support training. Eligibility includes having the relevant governance and mentor support in place along with the opportunity to use the training once qualified. The university will be able to outline further details but this includes support from a doctor to act as the Designated Medical Practitioner.

Community Pharmacy Queries

We currently fund training places for those offering services to NHS patients more than fifty percent of the time, and have supported community pharmacy applicants. However, the previous DH stipulation still applies, which is that there must be assurance that the individual can use their prescribing qualification as soon as they get it. So, for community pharmacists this usually involves the local support of a business case, in order to secure a prescribing budget and access to prescriptions once qualified.

Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice

From NHS England: In July 2015, a pilot was launched to kick start the expansion of clinical pharmacy in general practice. As a result, by December 2016, over 490 additional clinical pharmacists were working across approximately 650 GP practices across the country. Following the success of the pilot, NHS England will be inviting GP practices and other providers of general practice medical services to apply for funding to help recruit, train and develop more clinical pharmacists to meet the commitment of an additional 1,500 clinical pharmacists in general practice by 2020/21. Providers participating in the programme will receive funding for three years to recruit and establish clinical pharmacists in their general practices for the long term.

Applicants from provider organisations will be able to submit applications from 9th January 2017 through an online portal. The first cohort of successful participating providers will be announced in March. For more information see the NHS England links at the bottom of this page.


Pharmacist Careers Advice

With regard to job/career opportunities within the region, you could register with job sites such as NHS jobs and others which link to GP practice vacancies to be made aware of job opportunities. CPPE (Centre for Postgraduate Pharmacy Education) currently offer the training for pharmacists in GP practices, and they may be able to provide more information.


Funding and Course Finder

Non-medical Prescribing programmes are commissioned from Universities for multi-disciplinary access. For information on available courses and funding please visit the links below:
HEE Funding Guide
HEE CPD Course Finder

For any other enquiries, please contact our generic email address: medicinesoptimisation.yh@hee.nhs.uk

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