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Friday, 15 July 2016

A new, updated and restructured Competency Framework for all Prescribers has been published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) after collaboration with the College of Optometrists, all the prescribing professions, and patients.

The Competency Framework outlines a common set of key competencies central to effective performance needed by all prescribers, regardless of their professional background.

The Framework helps support healthcare professionals to be safe, effective prescribers.  It can be used by any prescriber to underpin professional responsibility for prescribing and also by regulators, education providers and professional organisations to inform guidance and advice. It will also help patients and carers identify good prescribing practice.

The Framework sets out 10 competencies, focused on the consultation process and prescribing governance, within which are statements describing the activity or outcomes prescribers should be able to demonstrate. 

RPS President Ash Soni said: “Both the number of medicines prescribed and the complexity of medicine regimes are increasing. The challenges associated with prescribing the right medicines and supporting patients to use them effectively should not be underestimated.  

“There’s lots of evidence to show that much needs to be done to improve the way we prescribe and support patients in effective medicines use. This user-friendly guide will be invaluable and I’m delighted the RPS has co-ordinated the update.”

Dr Mary-Ann Sherratt (MCOptom), President of the College of Optometrists said: “The college is proud to have worked with organisations representing several professions to update this important framework. The resulting document gives very clear direction for safe and effective prescribing which will be relevant to our members, and we would encourage IP optometrists to consult the framework to support their continuing professional development.”

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