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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 Friday 31st August.
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
Places are still available at our 20th Annual Conference. We have finalised the programme and have some fantastic speakers, the theme of our conference is safe prescribing.
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:-
Don’t forget to book now for the 10% Early Bird Discount!
I am delighted to announce that Dr Ron Daniels BEM, CEO- UK Sepsis Trust will be presenting at the AFP conference. Get your Early Bird tickets now!
We are very busy organising this Year’s conference. This will be our 20th Annual Conference and will be held on the 20th of November 2018 at the RCN, 20 Cavendish Square London. Keep an eye out for early bird registration.
Public satisfaction with general practice has fallen to its lowest level since records began, according to the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey.