A range of factors, including a lack of confidence, may act as barriers to practitioners becoming non-medical prescribers, a systematic review finds.
The study, carried out by Jim Blanchflower, lecturer in pharmacology, physiology and nutrition at the University of Salford, found that as many as 11 different factors may prevent practitioners from training as non-medical prescribers.
These are: confidence; dangers and perception of risk; education; conflict between professions; attitudes of all stakeholders; legislation; employer support; need; communication; awareness of opportunities; and medical apathy.
The study, which found evidence mainly related to nurses and pharmacists, also considered what non-medical prescribing leads, service managers and organisations could do to improve uptake of non-medical prescribing training courses. It suggested the following:
- Improve education;
- Identify training gaps;
- Financial incentives;
- Deliver CPD on site;
- Use of simulation technology;
- Increase awareness of opportunities.