Getting to the Heart of the Matter

1 day 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 material and a certificate of attendance.

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


Our trainer, Liz Williams has been a nurse since 1992 and qualified in 2010 as an Independent Prescriber.  She has a background speciality in cardiology and has had the benefit of working in secondary and primary care with in this subject area. She was also a project manager for the Coronary Heart Disease collaborative in South East London implementing the CHD National Standard Framework. In more recent years she was a cardiac specialist nurse and was the Prescribing Programme Lead Nurse at Medway School of Pharmacy. She is currently employed by  Canterbury Christchurch University as a senior Lecturer. She is a qualified  lecturer (PGCE 2014) and has achieved  MSc in Advanced Nursing Practice.