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Mental health nurse prescribing: issues for the UK

Authors


A. Jones, Carrigeen, Pen-y-Bryn, Sychdyn CH7 6EE, North Wales, UK, E-mail: Adrian.Jones@new-tr.wales.nhs.uk

Abstract

Supplementary nurse prescribing holds the key to rapid developments in psychiatric nursing and the care received by patients. In this paper, the origins, context and research data on nurse prescribing are reviewed, as a backdrop to a discussion on potential application of supplementary prescribing in a number of mental health settings. We describe a number of practice settings where nurse prescribing could be implemented, and argue that given service changes and informative educational preparation, access to care and user experience of that care will be enhanced. We conclude the paper by reviewing a number of clinical, organizational and research factors important for the success of nurse prescribing.

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