What This Site is About

Pink & Blue PillsThe opportunity for nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, radiographers, optometrists, podiatrists and dietitians to become qualified prescribers (known as Non Medical Prescribers) provides patients with a greater opportunity of quickly accessing the medicines they require. The benefits for patients are an avoidance of a delay in receiving medicines, a reduction in the amount of unnecessay appointments, reduced risk of hospitalisation and faster recovery. Without doubt this will give both NHS and non NHS organisations value for money.  It is estimated that non medical prescribers are saving the NHS in England an estimated annual £777 million, according to a December 2015 report commissioned by NHS Health Education North West.

Fiona Peniston-Bird, the founder of nmprescribing which she set up in March 2007, previously worked as the Non Medical Prescribing Facilitator on a development and implementation of Non Medical Prescribing programme for over 3 years across Surrey & Sussex Strategic Health Authority, and has considerable expertise in all matters related to Non Medical Prescribing development and implementation. Fiona is now working in an independent role; advising health providing organisations on what is required for the development and implementation of Non Medical Prescribing, both within and outside the NHS, as well as providing Continued Professional Development for Non Medical Prescribers.  

Fiona is Prescribing Lead for Nurses on the Independent / Supplementary Prescribing course at Medway School of Pharmacy and a support tutor for the same course with University of Nottingham.  Fiona is an external examiner on all of the prescribing courses at University of Hertfordshire.  She is a member of the editorial board for the Nurse Prescribing journal and sits on the BNF Nurse Prescribers Advisory Group, who reviews the Nurse Prescribers Formulary.  She has previously completed bespoke NMP project work for Health Education, Kent, Surrey & Sussex, and Health Education England and she is currently a Subject Matter Expert on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Assimilation Panel following the Medicines Management and Prescribing Consultation in 2017.

nmprescribing aims to enlighten individuals who have a responsibility of developing services within health providing organisations, as to what is required in terms of the necessary infrastructure needed to support the safe and effective development and implementation of Non Medical Prescribing. This will then aid the organisation in its ability to comply with necessary safety standards during assessment.

nmprescribing has been providing registered Non Medical Prescribers with continued professional development since 2007; during 2017 we celebrated our 10th anniversary, marking the occasion with 2 national NMP conferences.  

We will be holding our 2018 Non Medical Prescribing Conference on Thursday 1st November at the Holiday Inn in Gatwick.  Details to follow shortly.

nmprescribing’s continued professional development will assist Non Medical Prescribers to maintain safe prescribing and their fitness to practice and help them to meet their regulators revalidation requirements.  The nmprescribing study sessions are all participatory and involve interaction with others.  Delegates are provided with a CPD log template for their appraisal, linking the session attended with learning and action, to take forward into their own practice.

The menu of training topics listed on the training tab above are for all Non Medical Prescribing professionals.  Please would you share this with your colleagues and the Non Medical Prescribing/Training and Education Lead for your organisation.

Please note that these sessions are currently only available as in-house training for your organisation’s staff, attending on a date and venue which suit you. 

If you would like more details about any specific sessions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Fiona can be contacted and commissioned to undertake individually tailored work across the UK in relation to Non Medical Prescribing development. See Services for more information on what we offer.


 What Clients Say

2 of our staff have recently attended two prescribing study days that you have arranged "The Jury is Out" and "Safety First, Prescribing in Co-Morbidities" the feedback from them is that both days were absolutely fantastic. The days were well run, the speakers were extremely knowledgeable in the area that they taught and kept attention all day. It is so easy to work with you Fiona, and all the courses have had brilliant evaluations.

- Mandy Harsley MSc. RN. RM. RHV. PGCE, Non Medical Prescribing Lead, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust 

I would just like to say how much I enjoyed the conference ealier this month. It was very interesting, well organised and professional. The speakers and their presentations were excellent, as was the idea to have their presentations given to us on a disc. The content was appropriate especially the BNF talk. The venue was well chosen being in the heart of London and the catering was good. It was well worth the fee. Good work Fiona and a big thank you.

- Judy Fry, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Worchestershire Acute NHS Trust - Delegate at Generic Issues for Non Medical Prescribers conference

I just wanted to reiterate that this is a fantastic evaluation - you should be proud!! It was a great day and judging from evaluation scores and comments your hard work has been well worth it.

- Karen Martin, Specialist Nurse Mental Health, Inverkeithing Medical Group Fife - speaker at NMP in Mental Health conference

Fiona was commissioned to do some work for Boots in relation to enabling Pharmacist Independent Prescribers to safely use their qualification. The group of pharmacists who were involved positively evaluated the work that Fiona did. Fiona was professional and extremely knowledgeable in what she delivered, and did exactly what she was asked to do ensuring effective delivery of specified outcomes. I would use Fiona's expertise in the future to support the development of Pharmacist Prescribers.

– Gary Dobinson, Programme Development Manager - Pharmacists, Boots The Chemists

I have known and worked with Fiona for aproximately six years. In all of this time Fiona has diligently and effectively worked to a high standard, meeting timescales, and always achieving the objective agreed. She has a considerable depth of knowledge and a commitment and passion to driving the Non Medical Prescribing agenda. I have always been able to depend and rely on Fiona both personally and professionally. I am delighted and consider it a privilege to know and work with her. I would certainly not hesitate in working with her to continue to improve the developments within non medical prescribing.

- Barbara Stuttle Chair Association for Nurse Prescribing