Prescribing partnerships and supplementary prescribing
Supplementary prescribing hinges on the formation of a voluntary partnership between an independent prescriber and a supplementary prescriber.
Such partnerships may be easier to establish where the partners work in close proximity. Where healthcare professionals work remotely, or are responsible for wide geographical areas or numerous general practices, it may be preferable for the prescribing partners to have access to electronic patient records. It is good practice to consider the patient as an equal partner, too, as this helps to promote patient ownership of, and concordance with, treatment.
Because supplementary prescribing is primarily a team approach, it is essential to develop a clear understanding of individual roles and responsibilities, as well as to maintain frequent communication between partners.
The prescribing partnership and potential conflict
Areas of potential conflict:
Consider the above points and reflect on how you, as a prescribing partner, may be able to forestall these areas of potential conflict before they arise.