15 June 2022

New Royal Pharmaceutical Society prescriber guidance

Independent prescribers can now get the support to expand their prescribing scope of practice.

Independent prescribers can now expand their prescribing scope of practice thanks to new national guidance commissioned by the Welsh Government and developed collaboratively with The College and other professional bodies in the UK.

Dr Paramdeep Bilkhu MCOptom DipTp(IP), Clinical Adviser at The College of Optometrists, said: “The College is once again delighted to work alongside fellow non-medical prescribing professions to produce guidance on safely expanding prescribing scope of practice. The resulting document provides a structured approach to support IP optometrists who are seeking to increase the range of therapeutic treatments they can prescribe to improve the care they offer their patients.”

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