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Module Reading List

Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Pharmacists, 2017/18
Dr Mary-Claire Kennedy
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Suggested reading

It will be essential for all students to have a copy of the current edition of the British National Formulary .

DHILLON, S. AND KOSTRZEWSKI, A. (eds) (2006) Clinical Pharmacokinetics. Pharmaceutical Press.

LEE, A. (2006) Adverse Drug Reactions . 2nd edition. Pharmaceutical Press.

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Consultation and Decision Making

DOWIE, J and ELSTEIN, A (1998) Professional Judgment A Reader In Clinical Decision Making . Cambridge University Press. Cambridge.

FRAZER, R (1999) The consultation. IN: FRASER, R (ed.) Clinical Method A General Practice Approach ; p.34. 3 rd edition. Butterworth Heinemann. Oxford.

THOMPSON, C and DOWDING, D (2002) Clinical Decision Making and Judgement in Nursing . Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
A useful text for all disciplines despite the nursing title

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Influences and Psychology of Prescribing

There are a number of good texts here one is:

RUNGAPADIACHY, D M (1999) Interpersonal communication and psychology for health care professionals : theory and practice. London: Butterworth-Heinemann.

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Prescribing in a Team Context

COLLINS, B and HOBBS, R (1998) Prescribing in Primary Care . Oxford University Press.

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Update on Relevant Aspects of Basic and Applied Therapeutics

A current textbook of clinical pharmacology

There are many and most students would benefit from looking through the University Library pharmacology section to choose a text that suits them. For example the current edition of the Oxford Textbook of Clinical Pharmacology and Drug Therapy .

GOLAN, E, TASHJIAN A H et al (2008). Principles of pharmacology : the pathophysiologic basis of drug therapy Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2nd edition

RANG, H P and DALE, M (2004) Pharmacology . 5 th edition.

WALKER, R and WHITTLESEA, C (2007) Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics . 4th edition.


M J NEAL’S current edition of Medical Pharmacology at a Glance .

The ‘at a glance’ series of texts are excellent though the text is very abbreviated and relies on some prior knowledge. Others in the series include Medical Statistics at a Glance , which might also be useful to look at.

A textbook of pathophysiology

It is important that this aspect of therapeutics is understood if the disease process is to be managed effectively over time.

For example;

T J, NOVAK and HANDFORD, G. (1999) Essentials of Pathophysiology Concepts and Applications for Health Care Professionals . 2 nd edtion. McGraw-Hill.

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Principles and Methods of Monitoring

BICKLEY, L S (2003) Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking . 8 th Edition. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Philadelphia.

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Evidence-based Practice and Clinical Governance in Relation to Independent and Supplementary Prescribing

This is a new area and therefore general clinical governance texts might be useful. The lecturers involved will offer other suggestions as appropriate.

SWAGE, T (2000) Clinical Governance in Health Care Practice . Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann.

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The two reports that lead to the development of independent and supplementary prescribing for nurses and midwives and supplementary prescribing for pharmacists are important to give the overview.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (1989) Crown 1: Report of the Advisory Group on Nurse Prescribing . London.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (1999) Crown 2: Review of Prescribing, Supply and Administration of Medicines . London.

NATIONAL PRESCRIBING CENTRE (2003) Maintaining Competency in Prescribing An outline framework to help pharmacist supplementary prescribers . NPC. (Available from the NPC)

NATIONAL PRESCRIBING CENTRE (2001) Maintaining Competency in Prescribing An outline framework to help nurse prescribers . NPC. (Available from the NPC)

NATIONAL PRESCRIBING CENTRE (2003) Maintaining Competency in Prescribing An outline framework to help nurse supplementary prescribers . NPC. (Available from the NPC)

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Prescribing in the Public Health Context

BRADLEY, P and BURLS, A (1999) Ethics in Public and Community Health . Routledge.

MASTERSON, A and HUMPHRIS, D (2000) New Role Development: taking a strategic approach. Chapter 10. In: HUMPHRIS, D and MASTERSON, A (eds.) Developing New Clinical Roles A Guide For Health Professionals . Churchill Livingstone.

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There are many useful journals, which can be considered. The following is a selective list is not intended to be exhaustive or proscriptive. Some are now only available online such as Bandolier.

British Medical Journal

Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin

MeReC Bulletin plus MeReC Extra and Briefing

Practice Nurse

The prescriber.

Primary Care Journal

Quality in primary care. formerly The Journal of Clinical Governance

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National Prescribing Centre

Prescription Pricing Authority

British National Formulary

Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

The National Pharmaceutical Association

Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists

Department of Health: Independent Nurse Prescribing

Department of Health: Supplementary Prescribing


Clinical Evidence


British Medical Association

Electronic Medicines Compendium

Clinical Knowledge Summaries (formerly Prodigy)

National Library for Health (NLH)

NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD)

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Additional reading

Stein, D. Lerer, B and Stahl, S. (Eds.) 2005 Evidence-based psychopharmacology Cambridge University Press

Walker, R and Whittlesea, C (Eds.) 2007 Clinical pharmacy and therapeutics Churchill Livingston 4th Edition

Golan, E, Tashjian A H et al 2008. Principles of pharmacology : the pathophysiologic basis of drug therapy Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2nd edition

Bowers, D House, A and Owens D 2006. Understanding clinical papers 2nd edition Wiley

Healy D. 2005 Psychiatric drugs explained 4th edition Elsevier

Brookes, D and Smith A. (Eds.) 2007 Non-medical prescribing in healthcare practice : a toolkit for students and practitioners . Palgrave Macmillan

Edwards, C and Stillman P (Eds.) 2006 Minor illness or major disease? : responding to symptoms in the pharmacy 4th edition. Pharmaceutical Press

Downie, G, Mackenzie, J and Williams A 2006. Calculating drug doses safely : a handbook for nurses and midwives Elsevier

Moore A and McQuay H. 2006 Bandolier's little book of making sense of the medical evidence . Oxford University Press

This list was last updated on 02/07/2009