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Community Practitioner Prescriber Update

Prescribing Update for Community Practitioner Formulary Nurse Prescribers (V100/150)


1 day

Up to 35 delegates

This is currently online training using MS Teams.  All participants will receive training materials and certificates of attendance, sent by email.


The Course Aim

Assist participants to ensure they are using their prescribing skills to maximise patient care.  This session is particularly helpful for Health Visitors to assist them to maintain their core prescribing skills


Learning outcomes

By the end of the session participants will be able to:
• Describe the Legal and professional requirements of Community Practitioner Formulary Nurse Prescribers (CPFNP)
• Outline the importance of accountability
• Define what can and what can’t be prescribed by a CPFNP
• Describe how to report an adverse drug reaction
• Identify the importance of Continued Professional Development in relation to prescribing


Course content

• Prescribing quiz leading to varied discussion including the legal framework which enables prescribing, and what CPFNPs are legally able to prescribe.
• Review of recent NMC fitness to practice hearings involving Non Medical Prescribers
• Security of prescription pads.
• The legal requirements when writing a prescription.
• Discussion on competency, with practical opportunity to use the RPS 2016 Competency Framework for all Prescribers.

During the session, participants will practice writing a mock prescription with optional critique from the trainer; especially useful for those who are not currently using their prescribing qualification or who lack confidence in their prescribing.



Our trainer Fiona Peniston-Bird BSc (Hons) RHV RGN NIP PGCHE FHEA, has been involved in Non-Medical Prescribing since 1999 when she became a Community Practitioner Formulary Nurse Prescriber whilst working as a Health Visitor. She trained as a Nurse Independent Prescriber in 2002 and subsequently took a post as Non-Medical Prescribing Facilitator within South East Coast Strategic Health Authority in 2003. Fiona founded nmprescribing in 2007. She is the Prescribing Lead for Nurses on the Independent / Supplementary Prescribing Programme at Medway School of Pharmacy and a support tutor for the same course with University of Nottingham.  Fiona is an external examiner for all of the prescribing courses at University of Hertfordshire.  She is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Prescribing Practice and sits on the BNF Nurse Prescribers Advisory Group, who review the NPF.  Fiona has completed bespoke NMP project work for Health Education Kent, Surrey & Sussex and Health Education England. Fiona was invited as a Subject Matter Expert onto the Nursing and Midwifery Council Assimilation Panel following the Medicines Management and Prescribing Consultation in 2017.  More recently the Royal Pharmaceutical Society have invited her to join their current project developing a new competency framework for those taking on a practice supervisor/assessor role for non-medical prescribing trainees.

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