Extending Independent Nurse Prescribing within NHSScotland
VERIFICATION OF PRESCRIBING STATUS
The NMC Voice Bank
Most queries from pharmacists will be resolved by telephoning the prescriber, the prescriber's employer or the PCT (see paras 39-44). However, for general queries about qualification (e.g. in the case of receiving a private prescription), the pharmacist can telephone the NMC voice bank system. Pharmacists should follow the process using the necessary codes (see para 37). They will need to know the nurse prescriber's NMC number and date of birth.
Role of the pharmacist on verification of prescribing status
Pharmacists should ensure that they know the local procedure for contacting a nurse in the event of a query.
From July 2002, nurse prescription forms for extended formulary prescribers will be printed with:
EXTENDED FORMULARY NURSE PRESCRIBER.
From January 2003 for DN/HV prescribers, they will be printed with:
DISTRICT NURSE/HEALTH VISITOR PRESCRIBER.
For prescriptions marked DISTRICT NURSE/HEALTH VISITOR PRESCRIBER, pharmacists should only dispense items as specified in the district nurse/health visitor formulary. On forms printed with EXTENDED FORMULARY NURSE PRESCRIBER, pharmacists may dispense items from either the DN/HV or Extended Formulary.
The rules for dispensing and reimbursement of nurse prescriptions are the same as for GP prescriptions.
Nurse and midwife prescriptions should be sorted as per existing instructions.