PV welcomes proposed changes to supervision of trainee PIPs
Pharmacy Voice has issued a statementÂ welcoming the GPhCâ€™s proposed changes to the supervision requirements of trainee Pharmacist Independent Prescribers (PIPs). Under these changes, which were put forward in a discussion paper last November, supervision rights would be extended to experienced non-medical independent prescribers.
Pharmacy Voice said that it â€œmakes senseâ€ for trainees â€œto be supervised by other PIPs who are already working in the roleâ€ and that it agrees with the GPhC that â€œsupervision capacity needs to increase to allow pharmacist independent prescribing courses to grow to meet service demands.â€
It adds that this will make it easier for greater numbers of community pharmacists to train as independent prescribers, and that the proposed changes are a â€œstep in the right direction to allow the community pharmacy sector to achieve the vision set out in the Community Pharmacy Forward View (CPFV)."
The statement says: â€œThe use of PIPs as part of multi-disciplinary teams is already happening in some areas, but with increasing numbers of people living longer whilst managing one or more long-term conditions, this is an area that needs to expand.
â€œMore widespread independent prescribing by community pharmacists will be required for the sector to work in the ways described in the CPFV, which sees community pharmacy playing a significantly enhanced role in the delivery of integrated, personalised care, support and well-being services.â€