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News and Updates for today's Prescribing in Cancer Care conference

Marion Russell, Independent Medicines Management AdvisorMarion Russell, Independent Medicines Management Advisor

Nurse Prescribing: National Update
Marion Russell
, Member, Association for Prescribers, and Medicines Management Advisor
With 83,124 Nurse prescribers in the UK (NMC Jan 2019) Marion said nurse prescribing has a future to positively improve patient experience and care. She explained that the new RPS and RCN standards replace the standards for medicines management.  The NMC recognises the RPS professional guidance on the safe and secure handling of medicines and all non-medical prescribers have to meet the RPS standards.  
Giving practical guidance and advice Marion made a point of telling delegates; "you should not prescribe outside your scope of practice." She said although there are pressures; "please don't do confident to say no."
Pre Event Abstract
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 responsibility. There is also a need for much closer working together by the various healthcare professionals especially in the area of Non Medical Prescribing. This presentation seeks to link all of these facets together and help to set the scene for the conference.  
Full PowerPoint Presenation

Nurse Prescribing in Cancer Care
Helen Roe
, President UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS), Consultant Cancer Nurse, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, Consultant Editor, British Journal of Nursing Oncology supplement
Helen has been a UKONS Board member for a number of years and took up the Presidency role in 2017. Day to day Helen is employed as Consultant Cancer Nurse by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, a role which she has held for 18 years. She is also a Consultant Editor for the British Journal of Nursing Oncology supplement.
Helen has worked in adult cancer care for most of her career and continues to provide a role, which enables her to remain very clinically focused, yet also active in research, service development and education. She has developed a wealth of skills, knowledge and expertise in patient care, leadership and service development, all of which influence her day to day practice and ultimately the care patients receive.
Her specialist area of clinical practice is the management of patients with breast cancer which involves assessing patients, managing symptoms and treatment toxicities, prescribing, requesting radiological investigations, developing and leading services i.e. homecare service, requesting Oncotype DX testing and ensuring patients are offered the opportunity to take part in research.
Full PowerPoint Presenation

Nurse Prescribing in a Nurse Led Chemotherapy Clinic
Elaine Tomlins
, Consultant Chemotherapy Nurse, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Elaine has been a cancer nurse for over 30 years. Qualified as an RN in 1984 and it  was in Australia Elaine found oncology and gained extensive experience in medical oncology BMT and HIV nursing. She gained an oncology certificate in the NSW College of Nursing and a degree in nursing from the University of Sydney in 1994.  Her worked as a clinical nurse educator in a BMT unit and senior lecturer in the NSW College of Nursing. Back in Southampton England Elaine worked as a CNS for IV therapy gaining a Masters degree from Portsmouth University in 1999 and a PhD in 2009. Elaine has several publications and has presented at  national and international level. She is on the editorial board for Cancer Nursing Practice and has recently co authored  a text book called Women's cancers.  She is a member of NHS England Chemotherapy reference group representing Wessex. Previously an elected board member of UKONS, she now is a Board member of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.
Full PowerPoint Presenation

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