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The Scottish NHS Health Boards and the Scottish Government have demonstrated a significant and sustained commitment to supporting Non Medical Prescribing (NMP) through the implementation of the Scottish strategy for NMP, ‘A Safe Prescription’.

In Scotland NMP implementation and development is led nationally by the Scottish Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professional (NMAHP) Prescribing Leads Group. The group has representation from each of the Scottish Health Boards, Special Boards, Universities, Advisory bodies and Scottish Government. The current Chair and Co-Chair of the group are Gavin Gorman and Andrew Rideout (Also AfP committee members).

The group sponsor an annual national conference held in May, and individual health boards run local conferences and events, some of which are opened up to other neighbouring health boards to attend.

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) provides a valuable role in supporting NMP’s working in Scotland and details/information can be accessed via their website. (Link)

There is also a Scotland wide network made up of course leaders from each of the universities that offer the NMP modules. The network is represented on the Scottish NMAHP Prescribing Leads Group and function to ensure consistency in the modules offered by different institutions, meet the demand for training required by the health boards, expand research on NMP, support the ongoing implementation of NMP, and meet the needs of new professional groups requiring training.

For any further information or enquiries about Non Medical Prescribing in Scotland please contact Gavin Gorman/Andrew Rideout via the AfP Committee or alternatively enquiries can be made directly to Ian Roxburgh (Scottish Government Policy Officer and group admin) ian.roxburgh@scotland.gsi.gov.uk