Revisiting the basics

Broadhead, Ruth (2020) Revisiting the basics. Journal of Prescribing Practice, 2 (1). pp. 15-16. ISSN 2631-8385

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Within the Consultation Domain of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (2016) A competency framework for all prescribers, indicator 4.6, states that the prescriber ‘accurately completes and routinely checks calculations relevant to prescribing and practical dosing’. Recently updated regulatory standards for prescribing dictate that numeracy and drug calculations continue to be an essential core element of non-medical prescribing programmes. These require students to enhance their existing skills and expertise in respect of the medicines they aim to prescribe, within their sphere of practice (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2018; General Pharmaceutical Council, 2019; Health & Care Professions Council, 2019). The following questions aim to assist both qualified prescribers and those in training to attain and maintain an aptitude for safe drug calculations by revisiting the basic principles of numeracy.

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