Non-Medical Prescribing

Find out how to become an NMP and the funding opportunities available for those working in practices and PCNs. 

Also, if you are an experienced NMP, find out how to develop and become a designated prescribing practitioner (DPP). 


Non-medical prescribing (NMP) is the term used to describe any prescribing completed by a healthcare professional other than a doctor or dentist.

NMP has demonstrated patient care and economic benefits. Consequently, investing in NMP is seen as ‘an investment to save’ and encouraging NMP capacity is seen as a vital upskilling priority and features as a key enabler in the planning and delivery of new care models and transforming care.

NMP training can support role and career development by enabling practitioners to take on greater responsibilities for managing patient care. NMP enhanced Patient care by supporting patients timely access to treatment with medicines, enabling choice whilst helping to reduce waiting time, reduce hospital admission and maximising the wider skills of the healthcare team

Designated Prescribing Practitioner

Regulatory changes in 2019 mean that experienced non-medical prescribed of any professional background can become responsible for a trainee prescriber’s period of learning in a practice similarly to Designated Medical Practitioners (DMP)

To help train safe and effective independent prescribers there is a competency framework for Designated Prescribing Practitioners.

The Health and Education Cooperative have developed a Designated Prescriber Practitioner e-learning resource, which has been funded by HEE North to support the development of DPPs, Practice Assessors, Practice Supervisors and Practice Educators.