Prescribing First For Local Dietitians

Two Forth Valley dietitians are two of only six dietitians in Scotland to achieve a prescribing qualification, one of them being the first in the country to become a non-medical prescriber in an acute setting.

It was only recently that the dietetic profession have been able to work towards an advanced qualification in prescribing and Julie Frazer based at Forth Valley Royal Hospital and Laura Troiano based at Stirling Community Hospital have recently completed their courses.

The non-medical prescribing course includes the education and practical experience to become safe prescribers within their clinical remit. It means as well as prescribing nutritional supplements and tube feeds they can prescribe parenteral nutrition and medication to support dietetic care such as motility drugs, pancreatic enzymes, vitamins and minerals and diabetes medications.