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Nurse/Non Medical Prescribing in Cancer Care: Speaker News & Updates

Through national updates and practical case studies this conference demonstrated how the effective use of nurse prescribing in cancer care can improve patient care, experience and outcomes.

Speakers and Presentations:

Nurse/ Non Medical Prescribing: National Update

Gavin Gorman, Scotland Committee Representative , Prescribers Association, Non Medical Prescribing Lead, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde & Chair of the Scottish Government NMAHP Prescribing Leads Group

  • national developments in nurse/non medical prescribing
  • developing confidence and competence in your ability to prescribe
  • demonstrating compliance with the NMC Code for revalidation
  • the new national competency framework for all prescribers
  • the benefits of nurse/non medical prescribing in cancer care

Gavin Gorman’s Full Presentation Click Here

In his presentation Gavin Gorman stated: 

"RPS Competence Framework – emphasis is on SHARED decision making"

"Prescribe safely, professionally and as part of a team"

"Always remember the patient is a great source of information"

"Drug Review Process – 7 point process.  Is a great tool for all prescribers to use"

Gavin Gorman’s Biography:

Gavin trained as a mental health nurse in the 1990’s in Portsmouth. He then worked in a number of different inpatient settings before moving into a community role working as a CPN within an integrated mental health service. It was in this role that he first trained and practiced as a prescriber.

Gavin trained as an Extended Formulary Nurse Prescriber at Southampton University while working in Hampshire Partnerships NHS Trust and has practiced as a supplementary and latterly an independent prescriber in Community Mental Health, Mental Health Liaison and Psychiatric Emergency and Crisis Team settings before later taking on a prescribing support role. He has also worked in the NHS in both England and Scotland.

Gavin represents Scotland on the Association for Prescribers Committee. He joined the ANP committee in 2011 and was a member of the ANP for several years prior to joining the committee.

Gavin has chaired the Scottish Government NMAHP Prescribing Leads group for the last 5 years having stepped down fom this role in December 2016. The group drives the national strategy for Non Medical Prescribing and consists of representation from each of the Scottish Health Boards, special boards and advisory organisations.

Gavin took up post as the Non Medical Prescribing Lead for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in November 2013. Prior to this he was employed as the Lead for Non Medical Prescribing and Medicines Governance in NHS Borders for 4 years and also led the Non Medical Prescribing Project in NHS Borders in 2007-8.

Although not currently in a clinical role due to current work commitments (and currently undertaking Primary Care MSc at Glasgow University), he is keen to find a clinical niche and develop a nursing/prescribing role within NHS GG&C alongside his NMP Lead position.

Nurse/Non Medical Prescribing in Cancer Care

Emma Sweeney, President Elect, UKONS Oncology Nursing Society & Macmillan Head of Cancer Nursing, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

  • nurse/non medical prescribing in cancer care
  • improving confidence in prescribing practice
  • improving nurse/non medical prescribing practice
  • supporting nurse/non medical prescribers: infrastructure needed to support the safe and effective development and implementation of nurse/non medical prescribing
  • developing advanced roles around nurse/non medical prescribing
  • developments in cancer care prescribing

Emma Sweeney’s Full Presentation Click Here

In her presentation Emma Sweeney stated the benefits of non medical prescribing are:

  • Immediate prescription of drugs to relieve patient pain
  • Reduces delay for the patient
  • You can re-review and provide dose adjustments which provides continuity of care for the patient
  • Improves the patient experience

Emma Sweeney’s Biography:

Emma is currently the Macmillan Head of Cancer Nursing at Colchester Hospital University Trust. Emma qualified from St Bartholomew’s School of Nursing and Midwifery in 1999. Emma has always had a passion for high standards of care and this provided her with the motivation and enthusiasm and drive throughout her nursing career.

Emma has worked with people affected by cancer from her first post as a newly qualified nurse at St Thomas’s Hospital which resulted her in pursuing a career as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gynaecological Oncology for 10 years and a palliative care nurse specialist prior to her taking up the position of Lead Cancer Nurse at Basildon Hospital in 2012. Emma is passionate in working with other nurses and health care professionals to inspire others to ensure all patients receive the highest level of care.

Emma completed her BSc (hons) at City University in 2005 and her Msc in Leadership in Healthcare at Kings College London in 2011. She is a current board member of the UK Oncology Nursing Society and took up the position of President Elect for UKONS in November 2016.

Future events of Interest:

Nurse/Non Medical Prescribing on the Wards
Thursday 13 July 2017 
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

Nurse/Non Medical Prescribing in Cardiology
Monday 18 September 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Nurse/Non Medical Prescribing for Pain
Friday 29 September 2017 
De Vere W1 Conference Centre, London

Effective Nurse/Non Medical Prescribing in End of Life Care
Friday 6 October 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

5 June 2017


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