Iain Duffy, Colin Jones
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 9, Iss. 7, 07 Jul 2017, pp 296 - 301

The purpose of this paper is to establish the views of a group of Paramedics
on Paramedic prescribing. Although at the time of writing the proposal to the
Commission on Human Medicines they rejected prescribing for Paramedics, work
is still ongoing with various bodies to move forward with the application. A focus
group of a small number of Paramedics was held, and the researcher performed
a review of relevant literature. The development of the role of Paramedic from an
ambulance driver to a highly skilled and knowledgeable healthcare professional
was discussed. It was established that the profession's close links with higher
education institutions would be pivotal if paramedics are to be given prescribing
rights. The study concluded that Paramedics believe they should be able to
become independent prescribers, as it would help further their career, giving the
profession added credibility. As Paramedics already give a rounded healthcare
approach to their patients, this would only be enhanced by prescribing rights, as
a 'complete' health care attitude could be established.

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