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An Evaluation of Team and Individual Formularies to Support Independent Prescribing in Mental Health Care

Dobel-Ober, D., Bradley, Eleanor ORCID: and Brimblecombe, N. (2013) An Evaluation of Team and Individual Formularies to Support Independent Prescribing in Mental Health Care. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 20 (1). pp. 35-40. ISSN 1351-0126

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Mental health nurses have been entitled to train to become independent prescribers since May 2006; although the number of trained nurse prescribers seems to have increased steadily, a significant number of them have not actually undertaken prescribing roles on completion of their training or have limited their practice to supplementary prescribing. In order to support existing independent prescribers and to assist those nurses who have trained but are yet to prescribe independently, a mental health trust has piloted the use of individual and team formularies. An evaluation of this project indicated that formularies were well received by existing independent prescribers and were seen as a helpful instrument to support newly qualified and supplementary prescribers in their bid to become independent. Formularies can clarify and formalize each prescriber's area of competence, thus setting clear boundaries, reducing uncertainty and enhancing prescribers' confidence and willingness to take on this new role. Formularies may also be used to enhance communication with service users and further develop shared decision making. Effective procedures need to be in place to ensure formularies are up to date and reflect local practice.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: mental health care, independent prescribing, mental health nurses, service user care
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Eleanor Bradley
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2018 14:02
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2021 04:00

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