Independent prescribing by paramedics to be recommended for implementation

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This week the College of Paramedics proudly announced the great news that the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) has supported the case for independent prescribing by paramedics and will now be recommending its implementation by making a submission to Government ministers.

There is still work to be undertaken, involving the process of passing legislation which could take up to a year to complete. However, The College of Paramedics will provide specific guidance at each stage to ensure that members who are interested are fully informed of developments.  We will update Need to Know as further progress develops.

Paramedics will follow a non-medical prescribing course, based on the Outline Curriculum Framework for prescribers, developed across relevant professional bodies, and supported by the Allied Health Professions Federation (AHPF). This course will be available to eligible paramedics to undertake after the law changes. Those who successfully complete the course will have their registration updated to include that they are qualified independent prescribers on the HCPC register.

Tracy Nicholls, the Trust's Deputy Director of Clinical Quality and Vice Chair of the College of Paramedics said: “Reaching this milestone has required an enormous amount of dedication and effort from everyone involved. It really is a historical piece of news and a massive step for the paramedic profession!”

The College will be working with the HEIs, NHS England, Health Education England and members of the Allied Health Professions Federation to make courses available, and to develop the evaluation of paramedics in prescribing roles in the future. 

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