The aim of this proposal is to make it easier for patients to get the medicines they need when they need them whilst also continuing to maintain public safety. This will be achieved by avoiding the requirement for patients to see additional health professionals just to receive medicines they need where it is safe and appropriate to do so, thereby facilitating the requirement that patients have timely access to medicines alongside improved patient care and experiences.
Pharmacy technicians in Northern Ireland are not yet a registered health profession so amendments to the HMRs cannot currently allow pharmacy technicians in Northern Ireland to use PGDs. However, once pharmacy technicians in Northern Ireland become a registered health profession, a further amendment to the HMRs may be made so they can use PGDs also. The Department of Health is currently taking forward work to establish pharmacy technicians as a registered and regulated profession in NI.
The Department would encourage all relevant stakeholders in Northern Ireland to respond to the consultation, which can accessed via the www.gov.uk website.