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The National Health Service (Primary Medical Services Section 17C Agreements) (Scotland) Regulations 2004

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Independent nurse prescribers and supplementary prescribers

28.—(1) Where–

(a)a provider employs or engages a person who is an independent nurse prescriber or a supplementary prescriber whose functions will include prescribing;

(b)a party to the agreement is an independent nurse prescriber or a supplementary prescriber whose functions will include prescribing;

(c)a partner in a partnership that is a party to the agreement, is an independent nurse prescriber or a supplementary prescriber whose functions will include prescribing; or

(d)the functions of a person who is an independent nurse prescriber or a supplementary prescriber whom it already employs or has already engaged are extended to include prescribing,

it shall notify the Health Board in writing within the period of seven days beginning with the date on which the provider employed or engaged the person, the person became a party to the agreement or a partner is a partnership that is a party to the agreement (unless, immediately before becoming such a party or a partner in a partnership that is such a party, the person fell under paragraph (1)(a)) or the person’s functions were extended, as the case may be.

(2) Where–

(a)the provider ceases to employ or engage a person who is an independent nurse prescriber or a supplementary prescriber whose functions included prescribing in the provider’s practice;

(b)the party to the agreement, who is an independent nurse prescriber or supplementary prescriber, whose functions include prescribing, ceases to be a party to the agreement;

(c)the partner in a partnership that is a party to the agreement, who is an independent nurse prescriber or supplementary prescriber, whose function include prescribing, ceases to be a partner in that partnership;

(d)the functions of a person who is an independent nurse prescriber or a supplementary prescriber whom the provider employs or engages in its practice are changed so that they no longer include prescribing in its practice; or

(e)the provider becomes aware that a person who is an independent nurse prescriber or a supplementary prescriber whom the provider employs or engages has been removed or suspended from the relevant register,

it shall notify the Health Board in writing by the end of the second day after the day when the event occurred.

(3) The provider shall provide the following information when it notifies the Health Board in accordance with sub-paragraph (1)–

(a)the person’s full name;

(b)the person’s professional qualifications;

(c)the person’s identifying number which appears in the relevant register;

(d)the date on which the person’s entry in the relevant register was annotated to the effect that the person was qualified to order drugs, medicines and appliances for patients;

(e)the date–

(i)on which the person was employed or engaged, if applicable;

(ii)the person became a party to the agreement, if applicable;

(iii)the person became a partner in a partnership that is a party to the agreement, if applicable; or

(iv)on which one of the person’s functions became to prescribe in its practice.

(4) The provider shall provide the following information when it notifies the Health Board in accordance with sub-paragraph (2):–

(a)the person’s full name;

(b)the person’s professional qualifications;

(c)the person’s identifying number which appears in the relevant register;

(d)the date–

(i)the person ceased to be employed or engaged in its practice,

(ii)the person ceased to be a party to the agreement;

(iii)the person ceased to be a partner in a partnership that is a party to the agreement;

(iv)the person’s functions changed so as no longer to include prescribing; or

(v)on which the person was removed or suspended from the relevant register.

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