1 Title, commencement, application and interpretation

(1)    These Regulations are called the National Health Service (Miscellaneous Amendments Concerning Independent Nurse Prescribers, Supplementary Prescribers, Nurse Independent Prescribers and Pharmacist Independent Prescribers) (Wales) Regulations 2007.

(2)    These Regulations come into force on 1 February 2007.

(3)    These Regulations apply to Wales.

(4)    In these Regulations—

“Charges for Drugs and Appliances Regulations” (“Rheoliadau Ffioedd am Gyffuriau a Chyfarpar”) means the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Wales) Regulations 2001;

“GMS Contracts Wales Regulations” (“Rheoliadau Contractau GMS Cymru”) means the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Wales) Regulations 2004; and

“Pharmaceutical Services Regulations 1992” (“Rheoliadau Gwasanaethau Fferyllol 1992”) means the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 1992.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 February 2007: see para (2) above.

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2 Amendment of the Charges for Drugs and Appliances Regulations

2Amendment of the Charges for Drugs and Appliances Regulations

(1)    Regulation 2(1) of the Charges for Drugs and Appliances Regulations are amended in accordance with the following provisions of this regulation.

(2)    For the definition of “independent nurse prescriber” substitute—

““Independent nurse prescriber” (“nyrs sy'n rhagnodi'n annibynnol”) means a person—

(a)    who is registered in the Nursing and Midwifery Register, and

(b)    in respect of whom an annotation signifying that he or she is qualified to order drugs, medicines and appliances from—

(i)    the Nurse Prescribers' Formulary for District Nurses and Health Visitors in Part XVIIB(i) of the Drug Tariff, or

(ii)    the Nurse Prescribers' Formulary for Community Practitioners in Part XVIIB(i) of the Drug Tariff

is also recorded in that register. For the purposes of the POM Order an independent nurse prescriber is a community practitioner nurse prescriber:”

(3)    For the definition of “nurses and midwives' professional register” substitute—

““Nursing and Midwifery Register” (“Cofrestr Nyrsio a Bydwreigiaeth”) means the register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Council under the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001;”.

(4)    For the definition of “supplementary prescriber” substitute—

““supplementary prescriber” (“rhagnodydd atodol”) means a person—

(a)    whose name is registered in—

(i)    the Nursing and Midwifery Register,

(ii)    the Register of Pharmaceutical Chemists maintained in pursuance of section 2(1) of the Pharmacy Act 1954,

(iii)    the register maintained in pursuance of Articles 6 and 9 of the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976,

(iv)    the part of the register maintained by the Health Professions Council in pursuance of Article 5 of the Health Professions Order 2001 relating to—

(aa)    chiropodists and podiatrists;

(bb)    physiotherapists; or

(cc)    radiographers: diagnostic or therapeutic, or

(v)    the register of optometrists maintained by the General Optical Council in pursuance of section 7 of the Opticians Act 1989, and

(b)    against whose name is recorded in the relevant register an annotation or entry signifying that he or she is qualified to order drugs, medicines and appliances as a supplementary prescriber;”.

(5)    In the appropriate places in the alphabetical order, insert the following definitions—

““accredited course” (“cwrs a achredwyd”) means a course accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council;”;

“nurse independent prescriber” (“nyrs-ragnodydd annibynnol”) means a person—

(a)    whose name is registered in the Nursing and Midwifery Register, and

(b)    who, in respect of a person practising in Wales on or after 1 February 2007, has passed an accredited course to practise as a nurse independent prescriber;”;

“pharmacist independent prescriber” (“fferyllydd-ragnodydd annibynnol”) means a person—

(a)    who is a pharmacist, and

(b)    against whose name is recorded in the relevant register an annotation signifying that he or she is qualified to order drugs, medicines and appliances as a pharmacist independent prescriber;”;

“POM Order” (“Gorchymyn POM”) means the Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Order 1997;”;

“relevant register” (“cofrestr berthnasol”) means—

(a)    in relation to a nurse or a midwife, the Nursing and Midwifery Register;

(b)    in relation to a pharmacist, the register maintained in pursuance of section 2(1) of the Pharmacy Act 1954 or the register maintained in pursuance of Articles 6 and 9 of the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order;

(c)    in relation to a person whose name is registered in the part of the register maintained by the Health Professions Council in pursuance of Article 5 of the Health Professions Order 2001 relating to—

(i)    chiropodists and podiatrists;

(ii)    physiotherapists; or

(iii)    radiographers: diagnostic or therapeutic;

that register; and

(d)    in relation to a registered optometrist, the register of optometrists maintained under section 7(a) of the Opticians Act 1989;”.

(6)    In the definition of “prescriber” (“rhagnodydd”), omit the word “and” following the words “independent nurse prescriber” and following the words “a supplementary prescriber;” insert—

“(d)    nurse independent prescriber; and

(e)    pharmacist independent prescriber;”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 February 2007: see reg 1(2).

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3 Amendment of the Pharmaceutical Services Regulations 1992

3Amendment of the Pharmaceutical Services Regulations 1992

(1)    Regulation 2(1) of the Pharmaceutical Services Regulations 1992 are amended in accordance with the provisions of this regulation.

(2)    For the definitions of “independent nurse prescriber” substitute—

““independent nurse prescriber” means a person—

(a)    who is registered in the Nursing and Midwifery Register, and

(b)    in respect of whom an annotation signifying that he or she is qualified to order drugs, medicines and appliances from—

(i)    the Nurse Prescribers' Formulary for District Nurses and Health Visitors in Part XVIIB(i) of the Drug Tariff, or

(ii)    the Nurse Prescribers' Formulary for Community Practitioners under Part XVIIB(i) of the Drug Tariff

is also recorded in that register. For the purposes of the POM Order, an independent nurse prescriber is a community practitioner nurse prescriber;”.

(3)    For the definition of “nurses and midwives' professional register” substitute—

““Nursing and Midwifery Register” means the register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Council under the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001;”.

(4)    For the definition of “supplementary prescriber” substitute—

““supplementary prescriber” means a person—

(a)    whose name is registered in—

(i)    the Nursing and Midwifery Register,

(ii)    the Register of Pharmaceutical Chemists maintained in pursuance of section 2(1) of the Pharmacy Act 1954,

(iii)    the register maintained in pursuance of Articles 6 and 9 of the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976,

(iv)    the part of the register maintained by the Health Professions Council in pursuance of Article 5 of the Health Professions Order 2001 relating to—

(aa)    chiropodists and podiatrists;

(bb)    physiotherapists; or

(cc)    radiographers: diagnostic or therapeutic, or

(v)    the register of optometrists maintained by the General Optical Council in pursuance of section 7 of the Opticians Act 1989, and

(b)    against whose name is recorded in the relevant register an annotation or entry signifying that he or she is qualified to order drugs, medicines and appliances as a supplementary prescriber;”.

(5)    In the appropriate places in the alphabetical order, insert the following definitions—

““accredited course” means a course accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council;”;

“nurse independent prescriber” means a person—

(a)    whose name is registered in the Nursing and Midwifery Register, and

(b)    who, in respect of a person practising in Wales on or after 1 February 2007, has passed an accredited course to practise as a nurse independent prescriber;”;

“pharmacist independent prescriber” means a person—

(a)    who is a pharmacist, and

(b)    against whose name is recorded in the relevant register an annotation signifying that he or she is qualified to order drugs, medicines and appliances as a pharmacist independent prescriber;”;

“POM Order” means the Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Order1997;”;

“relevant register” means—

(a)    in relation to a nurse or a midwife, the Nursing and Midwifery Register;

(b)    in relation to a pharmacist, the register maintained in pursuance of section 2(1) of the Pharmacy Act 1954 or the register maintained in pursuance of Articles 6 and 9 of the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order;

(c)    in relation to a person whose name is registered in the part of the register maintained by the Health Professions Council in pursuance of article 5 of the Health Professions Order 2001 relating to—

(i)    chiropodists and podiatrists;

(ii)    physiotherapists; or

(iii)    radiographers: diagnostic or therapeutic;

that register; and

(d)    in relation to a registered optometrist, the register of optometrists maintained under section 7(a) of the Opticians Act 1989;”.

(6)    In the definition of “prescriber” following the words “an independent nurse prescriber” insert the following “, a nurse independent prescriber, a pharmacist independent prescriber”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 February 2007: see reg 1(2).

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4 Amendment of regulation 2(1) of the GMS Contracts Wales Regulations

4Amendment of regulation 2(1) of the GMS Contracts Wales Regulations

(1)    Regulation 2(1) of the GMS Contracts Wales Regulations is amended in accordance with the following provisions of this regulation.

(2)    For the definition of “independent nurse prescriber” substitute—

““independent nurse prescriber” means a person—

(a)    who is either engaged or employed by the contractor or is a party to the contract,

(b)    who is registered in the Nursing and Midwifery Register, and

(c)    in respect of whom an annotation signifying that he or she is qualified to order drugs, medicines and appliances from—

(i)    the Nurse Prescribers' Formulary for District Nurses and Health Visitors in Part XVIIB(i) of the Drug Tariff, or

(ii)    the Nurse Prescribers' Formulary for Community Practitioners under Part XVIIB(i) of the Drug Tariff

is also recorded in that register. For the purposes of the POM Order, an independent nurse prescriber is a community practitioner nurse prescriber;”.

(3)    In the appropriate places in the alphabetical order, insert the following definitions—

““accredited course” means a course accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council;”;

“nurse independent prescriber” means a person—

(a)    who is either engaged or employed by the contractor or is a party to the contract,

(b)    whose name is registered in the Nursing and Midwifery Register, and

(c)    who, in respect of a person practising in Wales on or after 1 February 2007, has passed an accredited course to practise as a nurse independent prescriber;”;

“pharmacist independent prescriber” means a person—

(a)    who is either engaged or employed by the contractor or is a party to the contract,

(b)    who is a pharmacist, and

(c)    against whose name is recorded in the relevant register an annotation signifying that he or she is qualified to order drugs, medicines and appliances as a pharmacist independent prescriber;”.

(4)    In the definition of “relevant register” following the words “the Pharmacy (Northern Ireland) Order 1976;” insert the following—

“(c)    in relation to a person whose name is registered in the part of the register maintained by the Health Professions Council in pursuance of Article 5 of the Health Professions Order 2001 relating to—

(i)    chiropodists and podiatrists;

(ii)    physiotherapists; or

(iii)    radiographers: diagnostic or therapeutic; that register; and

(d)    in relation to a registered optometrist, the register of optometrists maintained under section 7(a) of the Opticians Act 1989;”.

(5)    In the definition of “prescriber”, in paragraph (b) remove the word “and”, following paragraph “(c) supplementary prescriber,” insert—

“(d)    a nurse independent prescriber, and

(e)    a pharmacist independent prescriber,”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 February 2007: see reg 1(2).

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5 Amendment of Schedule 6 to the GMS Contracts Wales Regulations

5Amendment of Schedule 6 to the GMS Contracts Wales Regulations

(1)    Schedule 6 (other contractual terms) of the GMS Contracts Wales Regulations is amended in accordance with the following provisions of this regulation.

(2)    In paragraph 49(3) and (4) (terms relating to the provision of dispensing services) after “independent nurse prescriber” at each place where it occurs insert “, nurse independent prescriber, a pharmacist independent prescriber or a supplementary prescriber whose name is registered in the Nursing and Midwifery Register and against whose name is recorded in that register an annotation or entry signifying that he or she is qualified to order drugs, medicines and appliances as a supplementary prescriber”.

(3)    In paragraph 64(1) and (2) (which relate to independent nurse prescribers and supplementary prescribers), after independent nurse prescriber, at each place where it occurs insert “, a nurse independent prescriber, a pharmacist independent prescriber”.

(4)    In the heading for paragraph 64, after “independent nurse prescribers” insert “, nurse independent prescribers, pharmacist independent prescribers”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 1 February 2007: see reg 1(2).

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Signature

Signed on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales under section 66(1) of the Government of Wales Act 1998

D Elis-Thomas

The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly

30 January 2007

EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations make amendments to the following sets of Regulations:

1    The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Wales) Regulations 2001 (“the Charges for Drugs and Appliances Regulations”);

2    The National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services Regulations 1992 (“the Pharmaceutical Services Regulations”); and

3    The National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Wales) Regulations 2004 (“the GMS Contracts Wales Regulations”).

The changes are required as a result of the addition of two new categories of prescriber to the Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Order 1997 (“the POM Order”).

The two new categories are: nurse independent prescribers and pharmacist independent prescribers.

Nurse independent prescribers may prescribe in accordance with Article 3A of the POM Order. Pharmacist independent prescribers may prescribe in accordance with Article 3B(2)(c) of the POM Order.

These Regulations provide that a nurse in Wales who is registered in the Nursing and Midwifery Register will be able to prescribe as a nurse independent prescriber once he or she has passed an accredited course. A pharmacist will be able to prescribe as a pharmacist independent prescriber provided the relevant pharmaceutical register shows that he or she is qualified to order drugs, medicines and appliances as a pharmacist independent prescriber.

These Regulations also update the definition of “supplementary prescriber” in the Pharmaceutical Services Regulations and the Charges for Drugs and Appliances Regulations to include optometrists. Optometrists are already included in the definition of supplementary prescriber in the GMS Contracts Wales Regulations.

These Regulations also update the definition of “independent nurse prescriber”.

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