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Chris Cox Director of Legal Services Royal College of Nursing on legal considerations for non medical prescribers

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Chris Cox Director of Legal Services Royal College of Nursing Discussef the legal considerations for non medical prescribers: 

  • prescribing legally, ethically and within your professional boundaries
  • legal responsibility, NMC/GPC standards and accountability
  • legal issues in prescribing

Chris’s presentation examined the fundamental principles of legal accountability, and the practical implications of a clinical negligence claim, in the context of nurse/non-medical prescribing.

By the end of the presentation, Chris said that delegates will be able to identify and apply those principles to their clinical practice.

Chris also reviewed the need for indemnity cover, particularly in the light of recent professional requirements in this respect, with the result that delegates will be able to draw the distinction between ‘personal’ indemnity and an ‘appropriate indemnity arrangement’ for their practice.

Chris concluded that the types of action/inaction giving rise to a negligence claim, when prescribing, to enable practitioners to review their existing practice to avoid such a claim.  

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Chris Cox, a solicitor, has been Director of Legal Services at the Royal College of Nursing since April 2009. Prior to that he was the head of the RCN in-house employment law and immigration law units, and also had responsibility for the administration of the RCN members’ indemnity scheme. He qualified as a solicitor in 1985, and has worked since then for law centres and trade unions, including a year in late 80s as a legal adviser at the Immunity Legal Centre, representing people affected by HIV and AIDS. He joined the RCN in 1991 as a regional solicitor.

Chris is a regular speaker on employment law and medico-legal topics, and has contributed legal articles to nursing and health journals. He has been a visiting lecturer in health law at a number of universities, and currently teaches on a certificate course in occupational health law accredited by Glasgow Caledonian University.

Events of interest: 

Delivering 7 day services in Hospital Pharmacy
Tuesday 13 January 2015 London

Reducing Medication Errors
Tuesday 27 January 2015 London

Advancing IV Therapy
Thursday 29 January 2015 London

Electronic Prescribing In Hospitals: Moving Forward
Wednesday 22 April 2015 London


Download: Chris Cox Presentation

5 December 2014

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