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Non Medical Prescribing in Paediatrics & Child Health

News and updates on todays conference providing an essential update for non medical prescribers in paediatrics and child health. There will also be a focus on current issues and challenges for non medical prescribers.

EXTENDED SESSION: Nurse/non medical prescribing in paediatrics and child health

• current issues in prescribing for infants, children and young people

• challenges of prescribing in paediatrics and child health

• pharmacological implications when prescribing for children and young people

• developing confidence and competence in your ability to prescribe

• working to improve information and communication with children and parents on medicines


Mrs Claire Osborne

Mrs Claire Osborne

Trust Lead for Advanced Practice & Non-Medical Prescribing, and Paediatric ACP, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and HLS Lecturer - Advanced Practice, Oxford Brookes Universit

RNc, MSc, BSc (Hons), NMP V300, RCN ALNP

A registered children's nurse and independent prescriber with a background in emergency and acute care of infants, children and young people. 

Claire talked about Yellow Cards, she said "People do not report enough about adverse effects or side effects"

Claire also discussed sustainability, she said " Be greener, make a switch, we need to reduce the use of medicines and waste".

On our responsibilities as prescribers, Claire said "We need to ensure efficient and safe treatment", "Do not neglect your CPD, You need this to support your continued learning".

She concluded by saying "You need to think about how you are working to ensure patient safety, keep building your portfolio , keep reflecting and making us safer practitioners".

Improving and demonstrating competence in nurse/non medical prescribing for children using the national prescribing competency framework

• developing and maintaining confidence in prescribing practice

• ensuring CYP focused prescribing is embedded into generic NMP programmes

• ensuring your practice is evidence based: guidelines and evidence 

• assessing and evaluating your own prescribing competence (including diagnosis, treatment and monitoring)

• using the revised prescribing competency framework to develop, demonstrate and maintain continued competence in Nurse/Non-Medical Prescribing

• using the National Framework in Paediatric and Child Health: challenges and opportunities


Ms Teresa Johnson

Ms Teresa Johnson

Associate professor CYP Health Sciences, University of East Anglia

MSc PGCHE FHEA BA (Hons) RN (child) RGN 

Teresa Johnson is an Associate Professor in higher education, a paediatric advanced nurse practitioner and independent prescriber. 

Teresa began her session by talking about the consultation process with children, she said "You need to build a rapport with the child". She also discussed a CQC study from 2021, she said "In this study it was found that less than half of children said they were involved in their consultation (aged 8-15).  Teresa said "Think about this in your own practice - offering children the opportunity to speak to a healthcare professional on their own"

Teresa went on to say "one of the most important things about being a prescriber is when not to prescribe and what the alternatives may be".


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