Independent Prescribing (IP) Pathfinder

West Yorkshire ICB is participating in the NHSE IP Pathfinder programme.


10 sites across West Yorkshire have been chosen to take part in the IP Pathfinder programme. Currently, this service is limited to these specific sites.


The programme has been introduced by NHSE to inform the commissioning framework required to introduce independent prescribing into NHS community pharmacy services. The IP Pathfinder will explore how community pharmacists and their teams can deliver an integrated clinical service aligning prescribing activity with general practice and the population needs of local communities.


This national IP Pathfinder programme provides the opportunity to influence the future of independent prescribing within NHS community pharmacy and to test the different ways that independent prescribing in community pharmacy will benefit patients and the public. Developing the clinical skills of pharmacists as prescribers and pharmacy technicians with enhanced clinical skills to deliver clinical services is a key strategic aim for NHS England to create access for patients and enable capacity across primary care.


The recent ICB Stakeholder Briefing Event recording can be found here:



Last Updated: 14th March 2024