“Getting to the Heart of the Matter”

Non Medical Prescribing Update Training

1 day

Up to 35 delegates


The Course Aim

To provide delegates with knowledge which will enhance their understanding of drugs and make good evidenced based prescribing decisions for patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), Angina, Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) and hypertension.  It is suitable for NMPs working as Practice Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Community Matrons, Emergency Department Nurses, Cardiac Nurses and Pharmacists working in this area of practice.

Learning outcomes

 By the end of the session participants should be able to:

  • Understand the various uses of medications used in disease specifics, ACS, angina, CHD and hypertension.
  • Understand the basic principles of drug titration, management and monitoring.
  • Assist patients in recognising pain and manage appropriately for angina, ACS and CHD.
  • Prescribe in a safe and evidence-based way to patients with acute coronary syndrome, angina, coronary heart disease and hypertension
  • Understand what non-pharmacological interventions are available to support these patients.


Course content

  • Refresher of pathophysiology, the angiotensin system made easy!
  • Overview of Pain Management, what to advise and when…nitrates.
  • Use of drugs in ACS, angina and CHD, including titration and monitoring to include, beta-blocker, ACE, antiplatelet and statin management.
  • Use of drugs in hypertension, including titration and monitoring
  • Non-Pharmacological options for patient’s diet and exercise!
  • Appreciate the treatment standards and targets in the context of national guidance



Liz Williams: RN, PGCert.HE and HEA Fellow, MSc Advanced Practice, Non-medical prescriber.

Liz qualified as a traditional registered general nurse in 1992 and has worked for many years in the cardiac field in both primary and secondary care. She worked as a cardiac specialist nurse working with patients and their conditions ranging from Acute Coronary Syndromes, heart failure and arrhythmias. During her cardiac career she was privileged to work on implementing the NSF for coronary heart disease working as a project manager for the south east collaborative working on the angina and myocardial infarction pathways.

Her most recent position is as a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christchurch University where she is the Programme Director for the Non-medical prescribing programme. She gained her MSc and PGCert HE in 2014 and 2015 which was a busy couple of years as she also got married then as well. She also leads on the heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias post graduate modules at level 6 and 7.

Liz has been a BANCC member (British Association for Nursing in Cardiovascular Care) and part of the BANCC Council for the last two years. This year she was elected to President Elect. BANCC is an affiliate group of the British Cardiovascular Society, aimed at supporting and representing nurses at a local, national and international level.