164 pathfinder sites sign up to trial independent prescribing

All 42 integrated care boards (ICBs) in England have signed memorandums of understanding for the NHS Independent Prescribing Pathfinder programme, the
first nationally-funded prescribing service in the country.

Anne Joshua, interim deputy director of pharmacy commissioning at NHS England, made the revelation during the ‘Chief pharmaceutical officer bi-monthly
webinar’ held on 7 March 2024, as reported by The Pharmaceutical Journal.

In the initial phase of the programme, 210 community pharmacies across all ICBs will trial independent prescribing, ahead of establishing a commissioning
framework for the service.

Giving an update on the pathfinder programme, Joshua confirmed that 164 of these potential pathfinder sites had registered for the programme as of 29 February 2024.

Additionally, she announced the clinical models to be followed by the participating pharmacies and presented a graph showing an overview of the services they will
provide.