New legislation which came into force on 1 April, will now enable paramedics to undertake training in independent and supplementary prescribing. Paramedics who commence and successfully complete an approved prescribing programme from this date forward will have their registration annotated to record their ability to practice as a prescriber.
Under these new laws, they will be able to prescribe medicines for their patients immediately and without the need for the patient to see a GP. It also means that paramedics who work in an emergency department setting for example will also be able to prescribe medicines.
Education providers are now able to admit paramedics to HCPC approved prescribing programmes. However, any education provider wishing to start a new prescribing programme will still need to seek approval from HCPC before any learners can commence.