Evaluate the non medical influences on prescribing practice.

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Evaluate the non medical influences on prescribing practice. In the UK, nurse prescribing was born out of the need to increase efficiency in the NHS by making best use of its resources. Nurse-led services are one means of improving healthcare provision and a string of legislative change has gradually broadened the scope of nurse prescribing in the UK. (Courtenay et al 2007). The role expansion of nurses to meet efficiency targets has meant that nurse-led services in the healthcare setting are expanding as one means of coping with a growing, increasingly ageing population. For those nurses running nurse-led services the focus for that reason, needs to be on treatment that improves the quality of someone’s life and represents an…show more content…
The NMC Code of Professional conduct (2008) gives clear direction regarding actions and responsibilities: • You must ensure that your registration status is not used in the promotion of commercial products or services • Where you recommend a specific product, you must ensure that your advice is based on evidence and not on commercial gain • You must refuse any gift, favour or hospitality that might be interpreted now or in the future as an attempt to obtain preferential consideration. There is little question that the development of independent nurse prescribers will serve the greater public good, but the primary obligation of the individual nurse must continue to be the health and wellbeing of his or her patients. Crigger (2005) identifies that nowhere in medicine today is the potential for conflict of interest greater than in the interaction between health professionals and private industry. These industries include pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and makers of other products such as baby formulas. In short, any private interest whose income depends on the prescription or approval of their product.
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