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Demonstrating & Improving Prescribing Competence & Practice: Implementing the New National competency framework for all prescribers

Friday 19 May 2017
De Vere W1 Conference Centre, London

Demonstrating & Improving Prescribing Competence & Practice:  Implementing the New National competency framework for all prescribers
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A new and updated Competency Framework to support healthcare professionals to prescribe effectively was published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) on the 14th July 2016. Through national updates, practical case studies and extended expert sessions, this conference focuses on demonstrating and improving prescribing competence and practice – implementing the new competency framework, and ten competency dimensions for all prescribers.

"This competency framework can be used at anytime and will sit with you as you move forward…it's a great framework to engage across professions, they will use it as a way to structure the way they hold discussions"
Catherine Picton, Lead Author, A Competency Framework for all Prescribers, December 2016

“When prescribed and used effectively, medicines can significantly improve health and quality of life. However, prescribing medicines is becoming increasingly complex as more become available and the number of people with several long-term conditions increases. Between 30% and 50% of medicines prescribed for long-term conditions are not taken as intended, according to the World Health Organisation. The updated Competency Framework can be used by any prescriber at any point in their career. It can also be used by regulators, education providers, professional organisations and specialist groups to inform guidance, education and advice. It outlines ten key prescribing competencies under two areas: the consultation, and prescribing governance. Within these areas, statements describe the activity or outcomes prescribers should be able to demonstrate.” NICE, 2016

“Both the number of medicines prescribed and the complexity of medicine regimens are increasing. The challenges associated with prescribing the right medicines and supporting patients to use them effectively should not be underestimated. There’s lots of evidence to show that much needs to be done to improve the way we prescribe and support patients in effective medicines use.” Ash Soni, President The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, 2016

“It is essential that medicines are prescribed in a way that is safe, efficient and appropriate to the person taking them. Involving the person or carer in that decision is becoming increasingly important and this framework emphasises that. Ultimately, this framework will help support prescribers to achieve the competence required to prescribe medicines in the most optimal way.” Jonathan Underhill, Medicines Clinical Adviser at NICE’s Medicines and Prescribing Programme, 2016

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