Evidence Based Prescribing

Non-Medical Prescribing Update Training

1 day

Up to 35 delegates

The Course Aim

To enable participants to understand and take into account the evidence available in order to make safer prescribing decisions when prescribing for patients


Learning outcomes

By the end of the session participants will have an increased understanding of:
• Validity of research
• Statistics
• Clinical significance
• Application of evidence to practice


Course content

• “Am I bovered?” – The context of Evidence Based Prescribing
• “Playing with numbers”:
• Understanding risk; absolute or relative?
• Number needed to what exactly?
• “Is there a p-interval after coffee?” – confused about statistics and their significance?!
• “DOO or POO, that is the question!”
• “The appliance of science”
• Is it clinically significant if it’s statistically significant?
• “FOCC that!” – essential questions for the critical mind


Putting it all together:

Your chance to put it all into practice with some real life papers!
Prior to the course attendees will need to have (skim-) looked and obtained the following papers:
1. The PROactive study, The Lancet, 2005, 366, 1279 – 1289
2. The ASCOT-BPLA study, The Lancet, 2005, 366, 895 – 906
3. The DREAM study, The Lancet, 2006, 368, 1096 – 1105

These papers should be brought with you to use on the day.



Our trainer Jerome Durodie, is a recently retired clinical lecturer.  Prior to retirement he had been at Medway School of Pharmacy since 2008 and had more recently concentrated on post graduate teaching.

Jerome was a community pharmacist (both as manager and regular locum) and was Prescribing Advisor at East Surrey PCT from 2000 – 2007.  He was Public Health Pharmacist at Surrey PCT until 2008.  He has been a National Prescribing Centre (NPC+) therapeutics trainer (2003-2010) training healthcare professionals on various therapeutic topic updates. Jerome maintains an active teaching interest working alongside CCGs and Non-Medical Prescribers as a guest speaker / trainer.  He regularly speaks at annual/national conferences for a variety of healthcare professionals.

Prior to (re)training in pharmacy, Jerome was a clinical microbiologist and worked in both NHS and industry.  He undertook research in aspects of antibiotic susceptibility and rapid detection systems (notably the establishment of flow cytometry and the role of altering water activity).