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Fiona Peniston-Bird BSc (Hons) RHV RN NIP PGCHE FHEA

Fiona Peniston-Bird RN, RHV, BSc (Hons), NIP, PRINCE2Fiona qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1989. Working in Brighton hospitals as a staff nurse and early in her nursing career, Fiona won a team award for developing a patient self-administration of medicines project in 1990. In 1992 she took a post as a community nurse in Hove, East Sussex. In 1998 Fiona undertook a BSc Hons specialist practitioner degree and attained a 2:1 in Health Visiting. Whilst working in a Health Visiting role she was one of the first nurses in the UK who undertook the Extended Formulary Nurse Prescribing training in early 2002. Fiona subsequently set up and ran a minor ailments clinic within a GP practice in Shoreham, West Sussex where she was able to implement prescribing.

Frustrated by lack of support, infrastructure and continued professional development to support her prescribing practice, Fiona was delighted to take up the role of Non Medical Prescribing Facilitator for the Strategic Health Authority covering Surrey & Sussex in 2003, bringing with her an understanding of what was required in terms of development by organisations to support their Non Medical Prescribers. Fiona is qualified in both foundation and practitioner level PRINCE2 project management.  More recently she has completed bespoke Non Medical Prescribing project work for Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex and Health Education England.

Fiona founded nmprescribing in 2007.

Fiona is Prescribing Lead for Nurses on the Independent and Supplementary Prescribing programme at Medway School of Pharmacy, University of Kent and University of Greenwich, she is also support tutor with the same course at University of Nottingham. Fiona is External Examiner on all of the prescribing programmes at University of Hertfordshire and has been a visiting lecturer at University of Brighton and London South Bank University. Fiona is a member of the BNF Nurse Prescribers Advisory Group who review the Nurse Prescribers Formulary (NPF) and is also a member of the editoral board for the Nurse Prescribing journal.  Fiona is regularly invited as a speaker at local and national conferences held across the UK.

I am a dedicated, well qualified and committed individual with nursing experience in the Hospital, Community, Primary Care, Strategic and Academic setting. I strive for clinical excellence and the continued improvement of the patients healthcare experience. I am renowned for my exceptional communication and influencing skills. I am respected nationally for my authority on all matters related to the development of Non Medical Prescribing.

- Fiona Peniston-Bird