This website provides a free service to healthcare professionals wanting to become Independent Prescribers (IP). One of the main rate-limiting steps to becoming a prescriber includes primarily finding an IP course and secondly finding a Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) who can mentor and issue certification of competence. We help with the former, by listing all university Independent Prescriber courses and the latter by offering the ability to search for a willing DPP.
What is a Designated Prescribing Practitioner?
Regulatory changes in the UK in 2019 resulted in non-medical prescribers of any professional background to be able to supervise a non-prescriber through a supervised period of learning practice (PLP). Upon successful completion, in conjunction with a university course, this grants prescriber status to the non-prescriber. Previous to 2019, the ability to tutor non-prescribers was solely the role of doctors who were termed Designated Medical Practitioners (DMP).
A DPP is a healthcare professional such as a nurse, pharmacist, dentist or doctor that has the ability to prescribe. The title of DPP is given to someone when they have been recognised by a regulatory body and a university to be able to train non-prescribing healthcare professionals to become prescribing healthcare professionals (often termed non-medical prescribers).