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Supplementary prescribing

Supplementary prescribing is a voluntary prescribing partnership between an independent prescriber and a supplementary prescriber, to implement an agreed patient-specific clinical management plan with the patient's agreement. The independent prescriber must be a doctor (or dentist).

To ease the burden on doctors and improve access to medicines, the Department has enabled nurses, pharmacists, optometrists and some Allied Health Professions (AHPs) physiotherapists, chiropodists or podiatrists and radiographers to train as supplementary prescribers so that they can prescribe medicines, within an agreed Clinical Management Plan for a patient.

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