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Extended prescribing by UK nurses and pharmacists

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 01 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1337

Supplementary prescribing by mental health nurses seems promising

  1. Martin Jones, nurse consultant (,
  2. Dawn Miller, research assistant,
  3. Ben Lucas, clinical director for adult mental health,
  4. Joanna Bennett, workforce development lead,
  5. Richard Gray, senior lecturer
  1. Hillingdon Primary Care Trust, Middlesex UB8 3NN
  2. Hillingdon Primary Care Trust, Middlesex UB8 3NN
  3. Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, London SE1 1LB
  4. King's College London, Institute of Psychiatry, London SE5 8AE

    EDITOR—We recently conducted a qualitative evaluation study assessing the impact of mental health nurse supplementary nurse prescribing, addressing some of the issues raised by Avery and Pringle.1

    Eleven service users, most with a diagnosis of psychosis, were interviewed about their experiences of the prescribing scheme, as were 12 consultant psychiatrist independent prescribers and 11 trained nurse prescribers. At the time of the interviews, eight of the nurse prescribers …

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