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Non Medical Prescribing in Mental Health

Conference chair: Kirsty Fishburn Module Leader for Nurse Non-Medical Prescribing & Mental Health Programme Director University of Hull

The day opens with a National Update from Thomas Dunning Director & Motivational Speaker Mental Health Runner who will discuss The Lived Experience Perspective.

• how can we improve prescribing support people to manage their medications
• reducing side effects
• the impact of Covid-19
• my experience and advice for NMPs in Mental Health

EXTENDED SESSION: Demonstrating Competence in Prescribing Practice


Kirsty Fishburn Module Leader for Nurse Non-Medical Prescribing & Mental Health
Programme Director University of Hull

• demonstrating competence in non-medical prescribing through the Competency Framework for All Prescribers
• supporting non-medical prescribers: infrastructure needed to support the safe and effective development and implementation of non-medical prescribing
• changes to the Designated Prescribing Practitioner role and an update on the December 2019 RPS Competency Framework for Designated Prescribing Practitioners
• keeping your prescribing knowledge up-to-date: accessing education, training and resources
• understanding your limits of practice and competence

Monitoring medication side effects, improving medication safety and working with service users to reduce the impact on physical health


Yogita Dawda Lead Pharmacist, Mental Health Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
and Lecturer, Independent Prescribing Aston University, Birmingham


Dr Mehtab Rahman Consultant Psychiatrist St Charles Hospital Trustwide Physical Health Lead Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust

• the challenges of physical health in mental health settings
• ensuring service users and families understand the impact of their medication on physical health
• working with service users to counteract the side effects of medication
• our experience of joint prescription reviews
• prescribing for co-morbidities in physical and mental health
• our approach

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