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Nurse/Non Medical Prescribing: Speaker Updates & News

Through national updates and practical case studies delegates will hear how to develop and maintain nurse prescribing competence, and how to develop effectiveness in post qualification practice. The conference will look at why nurses/non medical prescribers are not always prescribing post qualification and to support nurses/non medical prescribers to restart their prescribing practice.  There will be a focus on the New National competency framework for all prescribers and how the framework can be implemented in nurse/non medical prescribing practice.

This timely conference will update delegates on their responsibilities with regard to maintaining nurse/non medical prescribing competence and will include case studies demonstrating nurse/non medical prescribing competence and will also focus on difficult issue such as prescribing for comorbidities.

Speaker News and Presentation:

Developing your skills as an effective nurse/non medical prescriber

Professor Helen Young, Director of Maternity and Newborn Transformation/Chief Nurse with Juliette Webster, NMP Lead, Birmingham Womens NHS Foundation Trust

  • developing your skills as an effective nurse/non medical prescribers
  • demonstrating compliance with the NMC Code for revalidation
  • what support do nurse/ non medical prescribers need
  • ensuring nurse/non medical prescribing practice is integral to service development

Professor Helen Young and Juliette Webster’s Full Presentation Click Here

Professor Helen Young discussed the need to change the way we work – challenging the boundaries, the new workforce for the NHS in every arena, as people are generally getting sicker, is based on shifting models of care from hospital to the community. Many of the patients who don’t require hospitalization will increasingly be cared for at home or in the community. The new models of care will only treat about 10-12 percent of the complex women we care for in the hospital. We need to deliver care differently, and ask yourself if you are fit for purpose for tomorrow, and how the governance and support works across boundaries of organisations.

Juliette Webster, Haematology Specialist Midwife at Birmingham Womens and Childrens then discussed her experience of developing skills as a non medical prescriber. Juliette discussed the development of her Anaemia Clinic.

Professor Helen Young Biography:

After training as a nurse at Westminster Hospital in London, Helen held Sisters posts in Surgery and Critical Care and Medicine before setting up a Nurse Led Development Unit with Leeds University. She is passionate about developing nursing practice, education and leadership and completed  her Masters in Education.

She has held posts as Head of Practice Development and Education in Guys and St Thomas and then Chelsea and Westminster as well as Deputy Chief Nurse and  Chief Nurse positions in a number of large acute Trusts, including East Kent, Conwy & Denbighshire, Croydon University Hospitals Trust, Oxford University Hospitals Trust, Kings College Hospital FT, as well as six years in a national role as Clinical Director and Chief Nurse for NHS Direct.

Having recently been Chief Nurse and Chief Operating Officer at Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, she has now moved in to a joint Trust role for Birmingham Women’s and Birmingham Children’s FT’s, as Director of Maternity & New-born Transformation.
Helen is a Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University, a Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar and Harvard University Graduate.

She is a also a Trustee of Dorothy House Hospice, Chief Nurse for national charity called ACROSS, Regional Nurse for a national children’s charity, HCPT  and executive member of her local Soroptimist  International Club, an organisation that works to empower, educate and enable women and girls in the UK and worldwide.    

Why are not all qualified prescribers prescribing?

Supporting nurse prescribers post qualification to make use of prescribing in their everyday practice

Elaine Lennan

Cancer Nurse Consultant

Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust

  • the barriers to prescribing post qualification
  • supporting nurses prescribers to use the qualification in practice
  • beyond the course: demonstrating continued competence to prescribe
  • the role of prescribing in supporting advanced practice
  • re-starting your prescribing journey
  • our experience

Elaine Lennan’s Full Presentation Click Here 

Elaine Lennan discussed the barriers to prescribing post qualification.

“Evidence shows that nurse prescribing improves patient care by ensuring timely access to medicine, and increasing flexibility for patients…nurse prescribing also increases service efficiency”

Elaine referenced a recent Cochrane review that demonstrated that non medical prescribers deliver comparable outcomes to medical prescribers.

Elaine discussed the development of training for non medical prescribers, and the barriers to non medical prescribing in practice. Elaine discussed the need for both corporate and practice support for prescribers. Individuals feel more supported if there is an NMP framework and approachable NMP lead.

Elaine Lennan’s Biography:

Elaine Lennan has been a cancer nurse for over 30 years. She began her nurse training in Liverpool in 1994 and moved to London to the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases. From there she went to Australia for a working holiday and stayed for 10 years! It was in Australia Elaine found oncology and gained extensive experience in medical oncology, haematology, bone marrow transplant and HIV nursing. She studied for an oncology certificate in the NSW College of Nursing and gained a degree in nursing from the University of Sydney in 1994.  Her final role in Australia was as a clinical nurse educator in a BMT unit and a senior lecturer in the NSW College of Nursing. On returning to England Elaine moved to Southampton and began a role as a clinical nurse specialist for IV therapy. Later moving into a managerial role as the senior nurse for the cancer care directorate and finally in 2004 securing a position as Consultant Nurse in Chemotherapy. Elaine continued her academic career and gained a Masters degree from Portsmouth University in 1999 and a PhD in 2009. Her thesis is entitled Non-medical prescribing: Using 4th generation evaluation to engage health service users to implement change or a working title of What are the views of stakeholders about non medical prescribing of chemotherapy .? Elaine has several publications and has presented at local, national and international level. She is on the editorial board for Cancer Nursing practice and has recently published a text book called Women's cancers.

Until recently Elaine was an elected board member of UKONS and is now a board member of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care Committee. She was a clinical advisor for the NCEPOD audit into deaths from Systemic Anti Cancer Therapy   (SACT) and is currently trustee of Oakhaven Hospice Lymington.    Most recently she has become a representative for the South  on the chemotherapy clinical reference group within NHS England.

Her current work areas are varied. Elaine has a joint appointment with University Hospital Southampton where she is a consultant nurse in chemotherapy practice and the University of Southampton where she splits her time between an MsC in Cancer Palliative and End of Life Care and research. Elaine currently holds a research fellowship from Health Education Wessex where her study is examining the use of the ipsilateral arm for chemotherapy administration in breast cancer.  Her specific interest in cancer care relates to supportive care particularly the management of nausea and vomiting and vascular access.

Elaine has just completed an MSc in Healthcare leadership with the NHS Leadership  academy and University of Birmingham.

Future events of interest:

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

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

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

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

Controlled Drugs: Safe Use, Prescribing and Management: Monitoring Adherence to the 2016 NICE Guidance
Thursday 11 May 2017, The Studio Conference Centre, Birmingham

Demonstrating & Improving Nurse Prescribing Competence & Practice: Implementing the New National competency framework for all prescribers
Friday 19 May 2017, De Vere W1 Conference Centre, London

Nurse Prescribing in Cancer Care
Monday 5 June 2017, De Vere West One Conference Centre, London


30 January 2017

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