Further to an announcement from George Freeman MP (Minister for Life Sciences, Department of Health) on Friday 26 February 2016, eligible dietitians are able to become supplementary prescribers following successful completion of a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved prescribing programme.
NHS England hosted a public consultation on proposals to introduce supplementary prescribing by dietitians across the United Kingdom between February and April 2015.
- Summary of the responses to the public consultation on proposals to introduce supplementary prescribing by dietitians across the United Kingdom – Provides a summary of the responses received to the consultation and outlines next steps following changes to legislation to enable supplementary prescribing by dietitians.
- Consultation on proposals to introduce supplementary prescribing by dietitians across the United Kingdom – The main consultation document which sets out the proposals.
The changes in legislation are supported by the following information:
- Impact assessment – Contains evidence of the costs, benefits and risks of the introduction of supplementary prescribing by dietitians.
- Practice guidance for dietetic supplementary prescribers – Developed by the British Dietetic Association and provides guidance around dietetic supplementary prescribing.
- Outline curriculum framework to prepare dietitians as supplementary prescribers – The British Dietetic Association has worked in partnership with several other AHP professional bodies to develop an outline curriculum aimed at education providers with an interest in developing education programmes and individuals interested in education programmes for dietitians to train as supplementary prescribers.