7th November 2003




Nurses in Lincolnshire are learning prescribing skills on a new course being run at the University of Lincoln.


Eighteen nurses have begun a six-month course to equip themselves with the necessary skills to prescribe certain medicines under a new NHS policy which came into force this year.


And the university is hosting a special lunch next week to encourage more nurses and midwives to enrol on the programme.


“The course trains nurses to prescribe a limited number of products from a prescribing formulary,” said Jill Davies, a professional health visitor who is running the course at the university.


“At the moment we have 18 nurses from NHS trusts in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire and in the future we hope to enrol midwives and pharmacists who  are now also allowed to prescribe some medicines.”


The new course represents one unit of a degree-level programme and has been developed in response to the needs of the local health community.


Students attend on day release from work for one day a week but practice experience in the workplace also counts towards the qualification.


The course is one of the university’s many Continuing Professional Development programmes and is supported by the Workforce Development Confederation and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.


The lunch takes place at 12.30pm on Thursday 13th November in the Holland Room at the university’s Riseholme Park campus.


If you would like to attend contact Jill Davies on Lincoln 837108 or email jdavis@lincoln.ac.uk


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