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To start with my personal statement, I find it pertinent to mention the understanding I
have about non-medical prescribing. Non-medical prescribing is a form of prescribing
which is done by a qualified healthcare professional who does not happen to be a
medical doctor. It is bound to be a prescription related to a health condition which falls
into the domain of the non-medical prescriber’s area of proficiency. It is noteworthy to
mention here that scientific evidence has demonstrated that non-medical prescribing
has led to improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare service
provision to the patients, not only in terms of client’s ease of access and being
convenient, but also in terms of better patient outcomes clinically.
I also understand that healthcare professionals like nursing staff, pharmacy experts
and allied healthcare experts who are eligible for non-medical prescribing need to be
highly skilled and proficient in their respective domains. This includes the applicable
qualifications determining minimum eligibility topped up with the requisite hand-on skills
necessary for prescribing a medication to a patient. It also requires proficiency in clinical
areas equivalent and comparable to that of a medical doctor which include history
taking and physical examination alongwith making thorough patient assessments and
utilizing the most appropriate diagnostic modalities.
Keeping the nature and scope of non-medical prescribing in mind, I am quite
confident that I have the knowledge which is essential to determine my minimum
eligibility of non-medical prescribing. My professional domain is Mental Health &
Psychosocial Care. Mental Health and Psychosocial Care is a profession which deals
with medically marginalized patients who have little hope apart from extensive and
comprehensive care from the immediate healthcare service providers. Psychiatrists,

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who are medical doctors dealing with mental health issues have little time to devote to a
single patient, so expecting a holistic form of care from the psychiatrist is not realistic. It
is here where the role of Mental Health and Psychosocial Care professionals comes in.
My intended area of non-medical prescribing is substance abuse. Substance abuse
is highly prevalent amongst the adolescents and teenagers of the country and with
every passing year, the rates of substance abuse are rising. The reasons I wish to
undertake non-medical prescribing are numerous. First of all, being in immediate
contact with the patients, rather victims of substance abuse predisposes me more than
any other healthcare professional to have an idea about their suffering and health
deficit. This compels me, on human grounds, to offer the immediate solutions to their
problems as and when they arise. Since seeing a psychiatrist implies waiting long for
the turn, I personally feel that if I am allowed non-medical prescribing, I can offer a lot of
symptomatic support to such patients till the time they see their psychiatrist.
Furthermore, medication needs to be administered to reduce the severity of
withdrawal symptoms and sometimes, changes and adjustments to the dosages of
prescribed medication are necessary along the course of treatment. It is here that I find
my utility as a non-medical prescriber. Further reasons for my interest in being allowed
non-medical prescribing are professional. Being a devoted mental health professional, I
have studies a lot in my area of expertise and have also gained valuable hands on
experience in my field. This compels me to excel professionally into a more advanced
stage of my career, for which being allowed to be a non-medical prescriber is definitely
a plus point and honour for me.

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To start with my personal statement, I find it pertinent to mention the understanding I have about non-medical prescribing. Non-medical prescribing is a form of prescribing which is done by a qualified healthcare professional who does not happen to be a medical doctor. It is bound to be a prescription related to a health condition which falls into the domain of the non-medical prescriber’s area of proficiency. It is noteworthy to mention here that scientific evidence has demonstrated that non-medical prescribing has led to improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare service provision to the patients, not only in terms of client’s ease of access and being convenient, but also in terms of better patient outcomes clinically. I also understand that healthcare professionals like nursing staff, pharmacy experts and allied healthcare experts who are eligible for non-medica ...
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