Unit 4 - Prescribing Partnerships

Unit 4 - Introduction

This unit forms a key element of the programme. It will enable you will explore some of the key issues relating to prescribing partnerships: partnerships with patients, partnerships with other prescribers and partnerships with colleagues. Psychological aspects of prescribing will be explored and, in particular, how these issues relate to consultation and assessment. The important issue of documentation is addressed.

This unit is divided into six sections:

The guided study in this unit should enable you to:

  • Demonstrate cognisance of the teamwork and communication networks involved in prescribing, supplying and administering medicines
  • Write and maintain coherent records of prescribing practice
  • Understand where and how to access patient/client records
  • Communicate effectively with patients/clients and professional colleagues
  • Be able to assess and consult with patients and carers
  • Make accurate assessments and diagnoses
  • Work with patients and clients as partners in treatment
  • Generate treatment options, assess when to prescribe or refer.

Most students find that they spend a minimum of 30 hours on this unit. This includes time for reflection, reading and writing.

Some aspects of this unit will be developed further during other parts of the programme.

Essential reading

Online resources

British National Formulary (BNF)

NMC Guidelines for the Administration of Medicines (2004)

NMC Guidelines for Records and Record Keeping (2005)

Department of Health (2006) Improving Patients’ Access to Medicines: A guide to implementing nurse and pharmacist prescribing within the NHS in England.

NMC Standards of Proficiency for Nurse and Midwife Prescribers (2006)

Paper-based resources

Courtenay, M. and Griffiths, M. (2004) Independent and Supplementary Prescribing: An Essential Guide. London: Greenwich Medical Media.

Luker, K.A. et al (1998) Decision making: the context of nurse prescribing. Journal of Advanced Nursing 27: 3, 657-665.

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