The NPC became part of NICE in April 2011. In the 12 months since, we have been working with colleagues across the organisation to fully integrate our products and services into the overall NICE work programme.
During this transition period some change has been necessary to best align the work of the NPC with the NICE portfolio. This has included, revising the production processes for the development of future outputs so that they are easily identifiable as NICE products and also continue to be recognised and valued by our existing audience.
From 15th May 2012, the team delivering the work of the NPC will form the NICE Medicines and Prescribing Centre and will sit alongside the Clinical Guidelines team within the Centre for Clinical Practice. The primary objective of the Medicines and Prescribing Centre will continue to be the provision of support for those using medicines across the NHS, including information on medicines, prescribing advice, training and education, governance and decision-making. All future Medicines and prescribing outputs will be published on the NICE website and signposted from the Medicines and prescribing homepage.
Although no new Medicines and prescribing content will be published to the NPC legacy website, the extensive catalogue of existing publications, resources and e-learning materials will still be available to view and download for as long as the information contained within them remains accurate and up-to-date.
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The NPC has published A single competency framework for all prescribers.
Having previously published prescribing competency frameworks for each of the non-medical prescribing professions, it is now clear that a common set of competencies underpin good prescribing regardless of professional background.
This framework consolidates the existing profession specific prescribing frameworks and updates the competencies in order to provide a single common framework that is relevant to doctors, dentists and non-medical prescribers.
The framework was published by the NPC in May 2012. The principles outlined in the framework are being incorporated into the Medicines optimisation guideline being developed by the NICE Medicines and Prescribing Centre, scheduled for publication in February 2015. Tools will be developed to support the implementation of the guideline. NICE is therefore not planning to update this framework in May 2014 as stated. Please use caution if using the framework after May 2014 as it may be out of date.
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