- • Prescribing medication used to be the role of the doctor, but in recent years nurses have begun to prescribe following training and supervision.
- • In this single case study from one NHS Trust, we conducted interviews to look at the views of a practising and non-practising prescriber to understand and compare their experiences of prescribing in mental health, and also the views of service users receiving this care in the community.
- • Service users reported that receiving their medication from a nurse was more convenient and less stressful, an issue of particular importance for helping their mental health. The practising nurse prescriber described her experiences and felt she had a good structure of supervision and support from the team. Reasons why trained nurse prescribers may not be practising are discussed, with suggestions for future developments and guidance given.
- • Nurse prescribing appears to work well in a specialist mental health setting when carried out in a supported and structured way. Offering choice was important; however, for some service users, information about why medication may be helpful was still needed.