A Shrewsbury woman who underwent nine months of rigorous training so that she could prescribe Botox as well as administering it, has welcomed the General Medical Council’s (GMC) decision to ban Doctors from prescribing such treatments by phone, email, video link or fax from July 2012. But says she cannot understand why it took the GMC so long.
Wendy Hartwig, who works at The Skin Clinic, based at The Dental Spa on Oxon Business Park, and has been in the facial aesthetics industry for ten years, became one of the first aesthetic nurses in the region, and the first in Shrewsbury, to qualify as an Independent Nurse Prescriber.
She qualified a year ago after training that involved attending lectures, doing two written exams that required 100% and 80% pass marks respectively, producing a large portfolio of work and shadowing qualified prescribers and a GP.
Wendy decided to undertake the training after a directive was issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in early 2011, advising that prescriptions for medicinal products such as botulinum toxin (Botox®) could only be written by someone who had carried out a first-hand assessment of the patient at a consultation.
“Qualifying as an Independent Nurse Prescriber enabled me to provide continuity to the patient by carrying out the initial consultation, writing the prescription and administering the treatment,” said Wendy.
“I believe such continuity is important from a healthcare point of view and clearly so did the NMC when it clamped down on remote prescriptions more than a year ago. Although it has taken a while longer I am pleased that the GMC is going to enforce the NMC guidelines from next week," she added.
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