Patient access to medicines during the last year of life is critical for control of symptoms. Yet there is evidence that access is often experienced by patients as difficult, complex and demanding.
As part of a National Institute for Health Research funded study, we are conducting a brief, on-line survey of health care professionals, to capture views on providing patients and carers with access to palliative care medicines, and on what facilitates and prevents good practice.
Your views will contribute to a national picture of current practice which will inform the next phases of our research, and ultimately, help shape national policy and practice enabling patients to have good access to medicines. Further details about the research can be found on the NIHR website: https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/programmes/hsdr/165223/#/
We are asking registered healthcare professionals within England, who provide palliative and end-of-life care to adults in the community, to complete the on-line survey https://leeds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/actmed-survey which will take approximately 10-15 minutes. Please complete it if you are a:
- Palliative care clinical nurse specialist who is community based
- Community nurse (RN qualified)
- Primary care pharmacist employed by GP practice(s)
- Community pharmacist working in community pharmacy
We look forward to receiving your completed questionnaire by 30th September 2018
For further details about the survey please read the Participant Information Sheet http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/downloads/download/1496/actmed_participant_information_sheet
If you have any queries about the research, or would like to be added to the list for dissemination of study results, please contact Dr Natasha Campling via email at email@example.com
Thank you in advance for your help with this important study.
Professor Sue Latter
From September 2020, the Nursing and Midwifery Council expects all education programmes, including those relating to prescribing, to operate under new standards.
This will mean nurses can begin to train for community practitioner nurse prescribing qualifications (through a V150 programme) immediately after receiving their PIN – instead of waiting two years.
This change looks set to increase the number of nurse prescribers and has the potential to improve patient care. (Though for this to really take off the formulary used by community practitioner nurse prescribers needs looking at as it is over 20 years old and requires updating.)
To read more on this article written by our very own commitee member Penny Franklin’s prescribing opinion piece:-
Public satisfaction with general practice has fallen to its lowest level since records began, according to the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey.
‘ It has now been announced that the Commission for Human Medicines endorse the recommendations and support independent prescribing for Paramedics. The case for paramedic prescribing now seems to have the support that it needs to change the required legislation and also start planning the educational preparation of paramedic prescribers. This has been too long in the making and something that has been needed to help the health service modernise and indeed like the introduction of other types of prescriber, will help the NHS survive. As we all know from our own journey the change in legislation can take some time but this really is a great development for paramedics to become non-medical prescribers. As other NMP prescribing courses are up and running I hope that their regulator (the HCPC) will look favourably on multiprofessional learning. Having so many different professions in the same classroom helps us all develop a greater understanding of each other’s roles and helps us all develop into better practitioners.
We welcome paramedics joining the AfP and hope that it will help them in their own development as prescribers. I am also sure that having a paramedic on the committee of the AfP would also be beneficial to our organisation. Congratulations to all of those involved for your hard work and let’s hope that the implementation goes smoothly and without too much of a delay’
Professor Matt Griffiths
Independent Consultant Nurse
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Visiting Professor of prescribing & medicines management
The prestigious award of Queen’s Nurse has returned to Scotland for the first time in 50 years, marking the latest in a series of awards that began in 1859.
Concerns that too few public health and community nurses are being trained in England are growing, as new figures indicate a number of universities have seen reductions in the amount of funded course places they are able to offer this year.
The trend is revealed in figures given to Nursing Times in a snapshot survey of higher education institutions. The decrease in training places is in part a “knock-on” effect after the difficulties in recruiting enough nurses to fill courses in the past couple of years, Nursing Times has been told.
The challenge of filling public health nursing programmes has been so great that at least one university has been forced to cancel a programme.
Unions have warned that a range of factors are to blame, including cuts to public health nurse jobs, service changes and financial pressures, and uncertainties about the amount of funding employers receive to cover nurses while they are in full-time training.
Health Education England, which funds the training, has not yet confirmed how many specialist nursing course places it has commissioned for the 2017-18 academic year, due to its long-delayed publication of workforce plans.
After seven years of wage austerity for nurses, the Government is to scrap the NHS pay cap.