Section One: General Principles for Continuing Professional Development for Non-Medical Prescribers.
1 Keeping Up to Date with Legal and Professional Frameworks for Non-Medical Prescribing (Marion Waite).
The law as it applies to medicines.
The law as it applies to non-medical prescribing roles.
Professional standards as applied to non-medical prescribing.
2 Prescribing Practice from the Employer’s Perspective: The Rationale for CPD within Non-Medical Prescribing (Anne Smith and Sanjay Desai).
The organisational importance of continuing professional development.
Continuing education and continuing professional development.
The manager’s obligation to provide continuing professional development.
Identifying and meeting local learning needs.
Organisational responsibility – the role of the Trust’s non-medical prescribing lead.
Meeting organisational and individual needs for CPD.
Identifying opportunities for CPD.
Monitoring CPD as part of appraisal.
Maintaining the service.
3 Writing and Maintaining a Non-Medical Prescribing Policy for Your Organisation (Michael Fanning).
Background to clinical governance.
Developing the policy
Selection of potential prescribers.
Organisational roles and responsibilities.
4 Organising CPD for Non-Medical Prescribers at a Regional Level (Fiona Peniston-Bird).
The structure of the NHS within the United Kingdom.
The national context for the development of non-medical prescribing.
The role of a regional non-medical prescribing facilitator.
The role of Trust NMP leads.
Organising CPD via a local forum.
Delivering CPD via a local forum.
Reflection: providing CPD for non-medical prescribers.
Where are we now?
Commissioning CPD for non-medical prescribers.
Section Two: Specific Approaches to CPD for Non-Medical Prescribers.
5 Using E-learning for CPD within Non-Medical Prescribing (Marion Waite).
How can learning technologies be used in practice?
Using a virtual learning environment (VLE).
Planning a blended learning activity.
When things do not go well.
Web 2.0 technologies.
Review of National Prescribing Centre online resources for non-medical prescribers.
Other online resources.
Building and sharing your own database of online prescribing resources.
6 Action Learning and Learning Sets (Jan Keenan).
Who will benefit from action learning?
What kind of organisationmakes action learning a success?
Putting action learning into practice.
Practical experience – learning sets in a single speciality.
Additional benefits of action learning and learning sets.
7 Keeping Up to Date with Pharmacology (Nicola Stoner).
Background and the need to keep up to date with pharmacology.
Pharmacology education for non-medical prescribers.
Key elements of pharmacology.
Adverse drug reactions.
Pharmacology teaching and learning exercises.
Resources to support prescribers in keeping up to date with pharmacology.
Maintaining current awareness.
Key sources of support and advice.
The role of the supervisory relationship.
8 Organising CPD for Non-Medical Prescribers in a General Practice Setting (Mandy Fry).
The science and art of medicine in general practice.
The role of professional artistry and building community.
Making the most of existing educational opportunities.
Mentoring and critical friendship
9 Organising and Running a Journal Club for Non-Medical Prescribers (Dan Lasserson).
Why run a journal club and what makes them effective?
Organising a journal club.
Running a journal club.
What skills do people need to take part?
Finding research to discuss in a journal club.
Presenting and discussing research at a journal club.
Section Three: Key Resources and Practice Examples for Non-Medical Prescribers.
Appendix 1 Key Resources for Keeping Up to Date with Legal and Professional Frameworks for Non-Medical Prescribing.
1:1 Useful websites.
1:2 Example job description that includes non-medical prescribing as a key element of the role.
1:4 Answers to ‘Test your knowledge about the law as it applies to non-medical prescribing’ quiz.
Appendix 2 Prescribing Practice from the Employer’s Perspective: The Rationale for CPD within Non- Medical Prescribing.
2:1 Useful websites.
2:2 Example of a clinical governance tool for a health-care organisation to support nonmedical prescribing.
Appendix 3 Writing and Maintaining a Non-Medical Prescribing Policy for Your Organisation.
3:1 Useful websites.
3:2 Example non-medical prescribing policy for a health-care organisation.
Appendix 4 Organising CPD for Non-Medical Prescribers at a Regional Level.
4:1 Useful websites.
4:2 How to organise groupwork for a non-medical prescribing CPD event.
4:3 How to facilitate a networking session for a non-medical prescribing CPD event.
Appendix 5 Using E-learning for CPD within Non-Medical Prescribing.
5:1 Useful websites.
5:2 JISC Effective E-learning Planner.
Appendix 6 Action Learning and Learning Sets.
6:1 Making the connections – using healthcare professionals as prescribers to deliver organisational improvements.
6:3 A prescribing case history presented during an action learning group.
6:4 Examples of good practice in keeping prescribers up to date with current evidence and practice.
Appendix 7 Keeping Up to Date with Pharmacology.
7:1 Useful websites.
7:2 Answers to pharmacology self-test multi-choice questions.
Appendix 8 Organising CPD for Non-Medical Prescribers in a General Practice Setting.
8:1 Prescribing points.
Appendix 9 Organising and Running a Journal Club for Non- Medical Prescribers.
9:1 Example of how to use PICO to build a search strategy.
- Includes legal and professional frameworks
- Tied in closely with the latest government guidelines and standards, including guidance from the NMC as well as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSBG)
- Includes contributions from health professionals from a variety of backgrounds
- Suitable for non-medical prescribers, as well as their managers, practice managers and prescribing leads responsible for providing CPD