AffiliationChristie Hospital NHS Trust, Manchester.
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AbstractSince the mid-1990s, three new initiatives have been introduced by the government to allow the prescribing of medicines by practitioners other than doctors: extended nurse prescribing, supplementary prescribing and patient group directions. Professional education and assessment is vital to ensure that these systems operate safely. After the implementation of patient group directions within a regional cancer centre, a training programme was developed, incorporating an assessment framework for competency development.
CitationPatient group directions: training practitioners for competency., 99 (22):30-2 Nurs Times
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