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A Practical Guide to Effective Nurse Prescribing in Mental Health

This Conference is now Closed

For Current and Aspiring Nurse Prescribers

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This conference will look at national developments in nurse prescribing in mental health, improving and maintaining prescribing competence and the use of the national prescribing competency framework in mental health. Extended sessions will focus on developing your skills as an effective nurse prescriber and case studies will demonstrate established practice in nurse prescribing on acute inpatient wards, for dual diagnosis, early intervention in psychosis, forensic mental health, learning disabilities and physical health monitoring.

The conference will also look at developing nurse prescribing including auditing your prescribing practice, deprescribing, involving people in prescribing decisions, prescribing decision making and supporting the expansion of nurse prescribing practice in mental health.

“Nurse prescribing is becoming increasingly common in mental health services, changing roles for nurses and the experience of services for service users. However, there is great variation between organisations in this regard.”

D. Dobel‐Ober PhD N. Brimblecombe RN, PhD

“The number of nurse prescribers has increased over the last few years. Nurse prescribers are increasingly prescribing in a form (‘independent prescribing’) that makes them independently responsible for prescribing decisions without working to a plan laid out by a doctor. Mental health organisations are increasingly planning in a systematic way how to identify, train and ensure good practice in nurse prescribing”

National survey of nurse prescribing in mental health services; a follow‐up 6 years on D. Dobel‐Ober PhD N. Brimblecombe RN

“It is time for Trusts to revise and improve how they use their multidisciplinary workforce, including non-medical prescribers (NMPs)”

BMJ, 2020

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to develop their skills in nurse prescribing practice in a mental health setting
  • Reflect on the lived experience during Covid-19
  • Learn from outstanding practice in improve care through nurse prescribing
  • Reflect on national developments and learning, and how prescribing practice has changed during the pandemic
  • Understand where nurse prescribing is working well in mental health
  • Develop confidence and competence in your ability to prescribe
  • Improve the way you use the National Prescribing Competency Framework for Designated Prescribing Practitioners
  • Ensure the support is in place to prescribe effectively
  • Reflect on prescribing decision making including difficult issues: pharmacology & prescribing decision making, understanding co-morbidity issues and drug interactions, and issues around sedation
  • Understand how you can support, audit and expand nurse prescribing practice
  • Learn from experienced practitioners in developing nurse prescribing on the acute inpatient ward and learn from case studies in dual diagnosis, psychosis, learning disabilities physical health monitoring and forensic mental health
  • Identify key strategies for reducing polypharmacy and deprescribing
  • Ensure you are up to date with the latest evidence
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Chair and Speakers Include:

Kirsty Fishburn

Module Leader for Nurse Non-Medical Prescribing & Mental Health Programme Director
University of Hull

Caroline Parker

Lead Pharmacist – Community Mental Health Teams
Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust

Andrew Down

Deputy Chief Pharmacist
Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health & Care NHS trust

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

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