Supplementary prescribing in mental health and learning disabilities
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Supplementary prescribing in mental health and learning disabilities

Anne Allsop Team leader, Health and social care mental health team, St George’s Hospital
Leslie Brooks Senior lead, Severe and enduring mental health, Castle Integrated Mental Health Team, Tamworth
Lynn Bufton Community mental health nurse, Stone Community Mental Health Team, Stone
Caroline Carr Clinical nurse specialist, St George’s Hospital
Yvonne Courtney Clinical co-ordinator community teams, St Michael’s Hospital, Lichfield
Christopher Dale Community nurse manager, New Burton House, Stafford
Susan Pittard Community mental health nurse, St George’s Hospital
Caron Thomas Nurse consultant, St George’s Hospital, Stafford

Nurse prescribing in mental health and learning disability services is a new development. The experiences of nine nurses working in mental health and learning disabilities, who formed part of the first cohort in the UK to undertake the supplementary nurse prescribing course, are described. Experiences of the course and implementation of supplementary prescribing in practice are discussed. The attitudes of nurses, other health professionals and patients to nurse prescribing are also explored.

Nursing Standard. 19, 30, 54-58. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.


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