The Cumbria & Lancashire Non-medical Prescribing (NMP) Leads’ Network. The acclaimed Cumbria & Lancashire Non-medical Prescribing (NMP) Leads’ Network was established in 2004 and is one of three parts of the North West NMP Leads’ Network. The network was set up following a national directive from the Department of Health, which aimed for co-ordination across the regions. As a result, networks and network leads were established across England. The ultimate purpose of the network is to ensure that patients in the North West get access to their medication as seamlessly as possible, linking with the NHS’s medicines optimisation agenda.