Independent non-medical prescribing for paramedics
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Independent non-medical prescribing for paramedics

Gordon Christie Paramedic, Scottish Ambulance Service, and nurse, NHS Fife Primary Care Emergency Services, Fife, Scotland

Independent non-medical prescribing has made significant advances in nursing and is now being considered and developed by other professions. The role of the paramedic is evolving and there is great emphasis on managing people at home and reducing rates of conveyance to hospital. This article discusses the role of the paramedic and suggests the benefits that independent non-medical prescribing could have for both the paramedic profession and for the patients paramedics treat during their clinical practice.

Nursing Standard. 29, 51, 36-39. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.51.36.e9771


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Received: 17 November 2014

Accepted: 04 March 2015