Nurse practitioners: authorised prescribers

Nurse practitioners, with advanced nursing qualifications and experience, are authorised prescribers under the Medicines Act alongside doctors, dentists, midwives and optometrists. They have the authority to prescribe any medicines relevant to their areas of practice. They prescribe within their scope of practice, knowledge and competence.

The Misuse of Drugs Regulations allows nurse practitioners to prescribe controlled drugs within their scope of practice for:

  • Up to one months' supply for Class A and B controlled drugs
  • Up to three months' supply for Class C controlled drugs.