Safety First: Prescribing for Co-Morbidities

Non Medical Prescribing Update Training
1 day
(Up to 35 delegates)

This is in-house training – we come to your organisation and deliver to your staff on an agreed date at a venue chosen and arranged by you. All participants will receive training materials and certificates of attendance.

The Course Aim
To update participants in relation to potential issues associated with prescribing for co-morbidities to improve safe and effective prescribing.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the session participants will have an increased understanding of:
• The classification of adverse drug reactions and interactions and how they occur
• The physiological changes which occur in the elderly and how these might impact on drug handling
• The significance of drug interactions with particular respect to elderly
• The nature of polypharmacy and the groups of patients most affected
• The factors which result in polypharmacy and how they may be avoided
• Undertaking a medication review

Course content
This update will utilise lectures and small group work to enhance participant understanding of what drug interactions are, why they occur and their impact on elderly patients. The session will involve the use of an audience response system, similar to that used on ‘Who wants to be a millionaire’, and participants will have the opportunity to undertake a medication review for an elderly patient.

Trainers
Joanne Lymn is an associate professor and deputy director of research for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy at the University of Nottingham. Joanne is a scientist who completed a PhD and has continued to maintain laboratory-based research alongside developing her expertise in teaching. Joanne was involved with teaching medical students at Oxford University and Imperial College London before moving to the University of Nottingham where she specialises in teaching pharmacology to non-medical prescribing students. Joanne has a Lord Dearing Award for Teaching and Learning and has published a number of articles in relation to prescribing education in medical and nursing journals.

Dianne Bowskill is a lecturer at the University of Nottingham, with a district nurse background, who has been involved in non-medical prescribing education since its inception. Dianne has recently completed a doctorate which focussed on non-medical prescribing and has been involved in a number of educational projects with Joanne.

Most recently both Joanne and Dianne acted as editors for ‘The New Prescriber’ a textbook aimed at non-medical prescribers and incorporating all aspects of effective, safe prescribing.