Prescribing Within a Team Context: One Mental Health Nurse’s Reflection on the Clinical Aspect of Non-Medical Prescribing Training

Abstract

Whilst undertaking the Independent and Supplementary Prescribing Course at the University of Sheffield I had the valuable experience of witnessing the prescribing of psychotropic medicines for service users’ within a very well organised, competent and compassionate intensive home treatment team based in Rotherham South Yorkshire. This article is a reflective account using a case study that illuminated to me many of the issues involved in the decision-making toward the prescribing of drugs. The reflection also includes a commentary on some of the issues the prescribing nurse must be able work with if they are to competently and safely adopt prescriptive authority to their role.

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Intensive Home Based Treatment, Suicide, Depression, Mental Health Nursing, Nurse Prescribing

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Hemingway S., (2008) “Prescribing Within a Team Context: One Mental Health Nurse’s Reflection on the Clinical Aspect of Non-Medical Prescribing Training”, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice 5(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.5920/mhldrp.2008.51119

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