Consultation on the specialist ophthalmology schedule of medicines

Designated Prescriber: Registered nurses practising in primary health and specialty teams

Proposed schedule of medicines for registered nurses working in specialist ophthalmology teams

In 2014 the Nursing Council made an application to the Ministry of Health for designated prescribing rights for registered nurses practising in primary health and specialty teams.  More information on the consultation and the full application document can be found on the Council’s website. This application will enable suitably qualified and experienced registered nurses to prescribe for patients with some long term and common conditions within a collaborative team. 

Several submissions were received by Council to include medicines for nurses working in specialist ophthalmology (eye health) teams.  These medicines were not included in the original consultation.  The Council formally consulted on the specialist ophthalmology schedule of medicines in anticipation of a regulation for designated prescribing rights being passed in 2016.  The consultation was limited to the specialist ophthalmology schedule of medicines. 

Consultation Document Opthalmology Schedule of Medicines July15 (PDF, 246 KB)

The majority of submitters were supportive of suitably qualified and experienced registered nurses being able to prescribe when working in specialist ophthalmology teams and were supportive of the proposed schedule of medicines.  

As a result of this consultation the Council recommends that continuation prescribing of diclofenac ocular is added to the proposed schedule of medicines for nurse prescribers working in specialist ophthalmology teams and that ganciclovir gel is included for nurses working in specialist ophthalmology teams only if it becomes an approved medicine in the future.

Please find the analysis of submissions and letter to Health Workforce New Zealand regarding the schedule.

Analysis of Submissions- Proposed schedule of medicines for registered nurses working in ophthalmology teams (PDF, 198 KB)

Letter to HWNZ re Ophthalmology Schedule for proposed designated prescriber 10 November 2015 (PDF, 405 KB)

Submissions from the Consultation on Opthalmology Schedule for proposed Designated Prescriber: registered nurses practising in primary health and specialty teams

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