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Demonstrating and improving Prescribing Competence in practice

News and updates from today's conference focusing on implementing the national Competency Framework to support healthcare professionals to prescribe effectively which was published on the 14th July 2016.  

Supporting healthcare professionals to prescribe effectively – The National Competency Framework for all prescribers
Catherine Picton
 Lead Author, A Competency Framework for All Prescribers, July 2016, and Consultant to The Royal Pharmaceutical Society

In her presentation Catherine commented; "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"

"The previous framework was a little overlapping, the new framework is much tighter and more concise"

"The monitor and review point is about closing the circle to make sure people don't get left on a medication" 

"We had quite a lot of discussions about this in the strategy, the issue of confidence, why it might be an issue for one group but not another"

Pre-event Abstract
When prescribed and used effectively medicines have the potential to significantly improve the quality of lives and improve patient outcomes. However the challenges associated with prescribing the right medicines and supporting patients to use them effectively should not be underestimated.

In 2012, a single prescribing competency framework was published by the National Prescribing Centre/National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to support all prescribers to prescribe effectively. This framework was recently updated by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society with the backing of NICE and Health Education England, and in collaboration with all the prescribing professions UK wide. The updated single competency framework was published in July 2016, for use by all regulators, professional bodies, and prescribers across all prescribing professions.

This presentation will touch on how the prescribing framework was updated, key changes to the new framework and how the framework can be used to support new and existing prescribers.

Full PowerPoint presentation


Towards zero harm from prescribing errors
Gillian Cavell 
Consultant Pharmacist in Medication Safety, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

In her presentation Gillian commented; 

"The main aim is to reduce patient harm and to prevent this tools can be used- 7 steps patient safety- a systems approach to reduce errors and therefore zero tolerance" 

"Increase reporting rates and therefore decrease rates of harm"

"Electronic prescribing is set up to reduce risk but knowledge should not be compensated"

Full PowerPoint presentation


Medicines optimization: applying wisdom for Aunty Betty
Jonathan Underhill
Medicines Clinical Adviser, Medicines and Prescribing Programme, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Future events of interest:

Controlled Drugs: Safe Use, Prescribing and Management
Monday 16 January 2017 
De Vere West One, London

Electronic Prescribing In Hospitals: Moving Forward
Friday 27 January 2017 
De Vere West One, London

Nurse Prescribing
Monday 30 January 2017 
De Vere West One, London

Nurse Prescribing for Pain
Friday 10 February 2017 
De Vere W1 Conference Centre, London

Effective Non-Medical Prescribing in End of Life Care
Friday 24 February 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Medicines Optimisation in Type 2 Diabetes
Monday 6 March 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Electronic Prescribing in Mental Health
Friday 10 March 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Non Medical Prescribing in Cardiology
Friday 31 March 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

13 December 2016


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