Nurse Prescribing in Paediatrics and Child Health Conferene
Today's important national conference provides an essential update for current and aspiring nurse prescribers in paediatrics and child health.
Chaired and opened by Marion Russell Medicines Management Advisor & Member The Association for Prescribers who delivers and opening update on Nurse and Non Medical Prescribing.
The number of professions now able to register as non-medical prescribers is expanding as the demands made on the NHS and other Health Care providers continues to increase.
This brings with it the need to ensure that medicines are not only prescribed safely but those who undertake this task are capable and competent to do so.
The new NMC Code for nurses and midwives sets out quite clearly that patient safety is the registrant's responsibiltity.
This presentation seeks to link all of these facets together and help to set the secne for the conference.
Marion began by discussing national developments including changes to prescribing status for some professional groups; therapeutic radiographers now have full prescribing rights and dietitians are now able to do supplementary prescribing. Marion said the guidance on controlled drugs and safe use and management is well worth reading including the role of the accountable officer, the Duthie report is being reviewed and updated, and the GPhC prescriber survery report is very supportive of non-medical prescribing. Marion went on to speak about the importance of ensuring competence in prescribing saying the recently released competency framework for all prescribers is very useful. As part of the NMC code Nurse prescribers are bound by legislation including the 2006 prescribing standards and 2008 medicines management. Marion placed emphasis on the measurement of competence being variable and subjective, saying it depends on many things and gave tips and advice for ensuring you are competent and have competence to prescribe.
See Marion's full presentation here
Supporting the development of nurse/non medical prescribing by Sally Shearer Chief Nurse Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
This presentation outlines the leadership and governance infrastructure that is required by organisations embarking on this journey. It also draws on personal experiences by highlighting the need to regularly revisit and refresh these arrangements. A series of short real life case studies will then be presented to illustrate the diversity of roles where non medical prescribing can support care services delivered to children and young people.
Sally gave her perspective as a Chief Nurse at a children's trust on supporting and developing non-medical prescribing practice and what needs to be in place including; funding, guidelines, HR support, monitoring, and learning.
NMC Standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers
Smith A, Latter S, Blenkinsopp A (2014) Safety and quality of nurse independent prescribers, a experiences of education, continuing professional development and clinical governance Journal of Advanced Nursing Vol 70 (11) pp2506 – 2517
See Sally's full presentation here
Nathan Griffiths Children’s Consultant Nurse Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust deliveres and exended session on Improving and demonstrating competence in Nurse Prescribing for children. He fosucses on:
• developing advanced roles around non medical prescribing
• ensuring you have the history-taking, clinical assessment and diagnosis skills to prescribe
appropriately and effectively
• keeping your prescribing knowledge up-to-date: accessing education, training and resources
• coaching and mentoring for current and aspiring non-medical prescribers
• measuring the impact of non medical prescribing on practice: audit and evaluation
Future events of interest:
Reducing Medication Errors in Hospitals National Summit 2016
Nurse Clinics 2016
Masterclass: Medico-Legal Aspects of Nurse Prescribing in today's NHS
Demonstrating & Improving Prescribing Competence & Practice
Controlled Drugs: Safe Use, Prescribing and Management
Electronic Prescribing In Hospitals: Moving Forward
5 October 2016