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Effective Non-Medical Prescribing in Cardiology

Read below notes and updates of this important national conference which provides essential updates for current and aspiring non medical prescribers in cardiology and cardiovascular care. 

Chair’s Welcome and Introduction: Nurse/Non Medical Prescribing in Cardiology: Current Issues

Helen Eftekhari
British Heart Foundation Nursing Fellow 
UHCW and University of Warwick

• current issues and the impact of Covid-19
• professional standards and using the National Competency Framework
• an update from BANCC


In her presentation Alison discussed tackling healthcare and the burden of cardiovascular disease and gave an important update on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society competency framework.  She also discussed next steps on the NHS five year forward view

Non Medical/Nurse Prescribing in Cardiology: Strategy & Governance

Jan Keenan
Consultant Nurse Cardiology and NMP Lead Oxford University Hospitals
Visiting Fellow Oxford Brookes University

• ensuring effective governance of prescribing practice in Cardiology
• evaluating where prescribing could improve care for your patients
• developing a new service and working differently during Covid-19
• how coronavirus can interact with heart medication
• issues and challenges around prescribing in cardiology

Developing your skills, confidence and competence as a Nurse/Non Medical Prescriber in Cardiology

Alison Pottle
Cardiology Nurse Consultant
Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

• developing, demonstrating and maintaining continued competence in Nurse/Non Medical Prescribing in cardiology
• developing confidence in prescribing practice
• ensuring your practice is evidence based: guidelines and evidence
• keeping your prescribing knowledge up-to-date: accessing education, training and resources
• assessing and evaluating prescribing competence
• ensuring you have the history-taking, clinical assessment and diagnosis skills to prescribe appropriately and effectively
• measuring the impact of nurse medical prescribing on practice: audit and evaluation
• my experience of nurse prescribing within cardiology nurse led clinics including rapid access chest pain clinics, the nurse-led follow-up service for patients who have undergone percutaneous coronary intervention, the lipoprotein apheresis unit and pre admission clinics for elective cardiology patients
• involving patients to improve adherence and outcomes

Alison's presentation explored a number of issues related to confidence and competence in nurse prescribing in cardiology. She started with a review of non-medical prescribing and then described the importance of competence and confidence when prescribing.

She also discussed the importance of making sure that practice is evidence based and the importance of keeping knowledge and skills up to date. Alison all described the need for audit of prescribing practice.


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