Last year, the pharmacy sector organisations committed to undertake a review of all elements of pharmacist prescribing including the competencies and the qualification pathway. Consequently, at that time the universities advised that the Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacist Prescribing would not be offered again by either University until such time as this review was complete and a sustainable programme was agreed.
Whilst many of the elements of the review are underway, this work is not complete so the Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacist Prescribing will not be offered by either University in 2020. The Universities have started work on re-designing the programme and will be consulting with the Clinical Advisory Pharmacists Association (CAPA), Maori Pharmacists Association (MPA), New Zealand Hospital Pharmacists Association (NZHPA) and Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) throughout the development of a new suite of courses with a view to opening enrolments in 2021.
Pharmacist prescribers are experienced pharmacists who work in patient focused roles in collaborative healthcare teams to optimise medicines use.
- In Primary care, general practitioners are now referring patients to pharmacists, who assess the patient and work in partnership with them to optimise their ongoing medicine use and prescribe for them. Example areas of prescribing practice include renal, diabetes, hypertension, gout, and management of cardiovascular risk.
- In hospitals, pharmacists are working as members of the clinical team who can now prescribe. Example areas of prescribing practice include renal, emergency admission, surgical preadmission, parenteral nutrition, paediatrics, and mental health.