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The NICE Medicines and Prescribing Associate Programme

Aim and goals

The aim of the NICE Medicines and Prescribing Associate programme is to support and promote high quality, safe, cost-effective prescribing and medicines optimisation within local health economies.

NICE Medicines and Prescribing Associates work within their own organisation and their local health economy to

  • support the adoption of NICE and other high-quality guidance into practice and reduce inappropriate variation in prescribing across localities
  • highlight issues of medicines safety, risk and never events to improve medicines safety
  • support the local managed introduction of new medicines
  • develop leadership, facilitation, decision-making and management skills

To do this work, Associates are developing and supporting local networks, identifying local Affiliates - key people working in different organisations locally with an interest in prescribing and medicines optimisation - to share and exchange information. Associates also link with NICE Implementation Consultants and NICE Fellows and Scholars working locally.

NICE Medicines and Prescribing Associates form a community of practice, to support each other as an expert group and develop and disseminate ideas and examples of good practice, as well as receiving information and support from the NICE Medicines and Prescribing Centre.

Becoming an Associate

Health professionals who are NHS Employees, NHS contractors (or who are employed by NHS contractors) or employees of non-departmental government bodies are eligible to become Associates provided that

  • influencing medicines and prescribing strategy in the NHS is a significant part of their role
  • they meet the requirements of the programme relating to declarations of interests, disqualification criteria and the current NICE Medicines and Prescribing Associate Roles and Responsibilities (Code of Practice)
  • they meet the requirements of the recruitment and assessment programme and display the foundation competencies for NICE Medicines and Prescribing Associates
  • they have the support of their employing organisation to become an Associate

Applications for the recruitment and assessment programme in Spring 2014 have now closed. The next programme will run in Autumn 2014.

Regional Technical Advisers

Four Regional Technical Advisers support Associates in their roles: one for each NHS England region plus Wales, Northern Ireland or the Channel Islands.

For more information about the NICE medicines and prescribing associate programme in your area, contact the relevant Regional Technical Adviser.

This page was last updated: 11 April 2014

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