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Table 1 Non Medical Prescribing Leads and their Role

From: Non medical prescribing leads views on their role and the implementation of non medical prescribing from a multi-organisational perspective

  Yes No Not applicable
n = 28 unless otherwise stated n % n % n %
Job Title       
Clinical quality & governance 4 14.3     
Strategic pharmacist 3 10.7     
Chief/deputy chief nurse 8 28.6     
Nurse consultant/clinical nurse specialist 9 32.1     
Education/workforce development 4 14.3     
Is this a clinical role? 14 50 14 50   
Is there designated time for NMP lead role? 9 32.1 19 67.9   
Number of hours per week spent on NMP lead role?      Mean 2.2
0.5-1 15 53.6    Median 1.0
1.5-3 7 25.0    Mode 1.0
>3 6 21.4    Min 0.5-Max 10
Do you have a prescribing qualification? 14 50.0 13 46.4 1 3.6
Nurse independent supplementary prescriber 12 42.9     
Community practitioner prescriber 2 7.1     
Do you currently prescribe? (n = 14) 8 57.1 6 43.8   
How long NMP lead?       
<6/12-1 year 6 21.4     
2-5 years 14 50.0     
>5 years 8 28.6     
Area of practice?       
PCT 10 35.7     
NHS trust 11 39.3     
Mental Health 6 21.4     
PCT/NHS Trust & Mental Health 1 3.6     
Geographical area?       
Rural 4 14.3     
Urban 2 7.1     
Mixed 21 75.0     
Not applicable 1 3.6     
Do you hold a current database? 25 89.3 1 3.6 2 7.1
Information on database? (n = 26)       
Types of prescriber 26 100     
Registration details 24 85.7 2 7.1   
Work setting or clinical area 23 82.1 3 10.7   
If they are prescribing 18 64.3 8 28.6   
If they are not prescribing 15 57.6 11 42.4   
Other (CRB check, supervisor details, manager details, audit) 8      
Number of prescribers lead is responsible for Range: 3 -547 Mean: 87.3   
Types of prescribers covered by NMP lead       
Community practitioner prescriber 18 64.3     
Pharmacist independent/supplementary prescriber 21 75.0     
Nurse independent/supplementary prescriber 22 78.6     
AHP (podiatrist/physiotherapist/radiologist) 6 21.4     
Optometrist 2 7.1     
  1. (NMP = non-medical prescribing, PCT = Primary Care Trust, NHS = National Health Service, CRB = Criminal Records Bureau, AHP = allied health professional)
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