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Table 3 The extent to which NMP leads report safety and clinical governance systems are in place

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

Totals exclude respondents who indicted this was not applicable to their role Yes No
  n % n %
1. Is there a system in place for ordering and distribution of the BNF, the NPF for Community Practitioners and the Drug Tariff? (n = 27) 27 100 0 0
2. Do you monitor NMP legislation and ensure that policies are updated in line with the revised legislation? (n = 26) 25 96.2 1 3.8
3. Do mechanisms exist to ensure all NMPs are kept informed of relevant clinical information, e.g. Patient Safety Notices, Drug Alerts and Hazard Warnings? (n = 27) 25 92.6 2 7.4
4. Is there an up-to-date NMP policy in place? (n = 27) 24 88.8 3 11.2
5. Is there is a mechanism in place to ensure the selection of suitable candidates for NMP training? (n = 27) 24 88.8 3 11.2
6. Is there a system in place for the acquisition and retention of specimen signatures to identify prescribers? (n = 27) 23 85.2 4 14.8
7. Are NMPs receiving appropriate support or supervision in their prescribing role (e.g. local clinical supervision groups/learning sets or peer-support groups)? (n = 27) 22 81.5 5 18.5
8. Do NMPs have an agreed scope of practice or equivalent and is a copy of this retained by the organisation? (n = 26) 21 80.8 5 19.2
9. Do NMPs identify and fulfil continuing professional development needs relevant to their clinical work? (n = 25) 20 80.0 5 20.0
10. Are systems for monitoring prescribing (e.g. PACT data) in place in all sectors of practice? (n = 27) 18 66.7 9 33.3
11. Are NMPs involved in the development of local formularies and guidelines e.g. drug and therapeutic committee? (n = 26) 17 65.4 9 34.6
12. Do NMPs participate in regular clinical audit and reviews of their clinical services? (n = 23) 15 65.2 8 34.8
13. Do practitioners in all areas of practice have access to monitoring data? (n = 27) 14 51.9 13 41.8
  1. (NMP = non medical prescribing, BNF = British National Formulary, NPF = Nurse Prescribers Formulary, PACT = Prescription analysis and cost trend)
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