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Changes to the law enable the Scottish Ambulance Service to evolve in to a prescribing organisation utilising Advanced Practitioners including Advanced Paramedics.  This is new to us and there is a need to test and develop the infrastructure that will support safe and effective independent prescribing practice across the organisation and enables us to integrate effectively with Primary Care.  Within our workforce there are a small number of dual qualified staff that work outwith the Ambulance Service in Advanced Practice Nursing Roles as Non Medical Prescribers.

Enabling these staff to work to their full scope of practice within the prehospital environment will enable us to test and develop new ways of working to support independent prescribing.  This will support patient safety by enabling small numbers of experienced staff to build and develop the infrastructure to move towards safe and effective prescribing.  Working within their scope of practice  within the Ambulance Service and wider health and social care system will assist in understanding the impact that they have by enabling patient’s to access medicines from the first health professional they come in contact with as well as develop good governance using small numbers initially.

How you can contribute

  • Knowledge and experience of developing Non Medical Prescribing roles especially for new professions

Further information

Advanced Paramedic Pilot DD (PDF, 167KB)


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    meddcoambulance 1 year, 2 months ago

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