Independent Prescribers – Community of Practice

An online community of practice to support Nurses and Allied Health Care Professionals who are independent prescribers working in palliative and end of life care.

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Event overview

  • 16 Apr, 2024, 14 May, 2024, 09 Jul, 2024, 10 Sep, 2024, 12 Nov, 2024, 21 Jan, 2025
  • 6 live 1.5 hour sessions and opportunities for self-study
  • 2pm - 3.30pm
  • £175 plus VAT

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Independent Prescribers Community of Practice

April 2023 saw the relaunch of our community of practice for prescribers. Fiona Hodson and Mary Watson, facilitators of this community, tell us about the programme and why you should join in their blog.

It is not too late to sign up for the 2024/25 community – you will have access to all session resources and recordings when you join.

Sessions take place online on Zoom and run from 2 – 3.30pm.

What will I learn?

The next session this year will be 10 September 2 – 3.30pm and the topic is Neuropathic Pain with Dr Emma Hall.

Other topics planned this year:

  • Breathlessness
  • Heart Failure

What will the Community of Practice look like?

This annual membership programme provides an online community of practice supporting Nurses and Allied Health Care Professionals who are independent prescribers working in palliative and end of life care. The community provides members with a space for reflection, discussion and sharing of best practice.

This year we have chosen to continue with last year’s format of delivery ensuring we maximise opportunities for people to learn together as a community during live sessions. This community will meet 6 times per year (alternate months). In between the live sessions ongoing learning, reflection and critical thinking will also be facilitated through on demand resources, activities and forum discussions.

The sessions, covering a wide range of end of life prescribing issues, will include opportunities to learn from clinical experts whilst being supported to consider application of learning in practice through case study discussions, reflection and Q&A.

Members of the community can access the presentations on our Online Learning Platform (OLP). The OLP will also be home to documents, reference materials and the case studies discussed in the sessions.

Who is it for?

This annual subscription will be of interest to nurse and pharmacist independent prescribers working in palliative care.

Fiona Hodson

Fiona Hodson

Consultant Nurse Fiona trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’. She initially worked at St Christopher’s Hospice with Dame Cicely Saunders. She then specialised in cardiology for 26 years including setting up cardiac rehab services, running cardiac support groups and as a valvular research nurse. She then worked as a heart failure CNS both in hospital and running clinics in GP practices. In 2005 she was part of a joint research project between palliative care and cardiology, exploring the palliative care needs of heart failure patients. She then moved to work as a community palliative care CNS at Guys. In 2017…
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Chris Mangar

Chris Mangar

Chris is a Clinical Team Lead working for St Christopher’s in Bromley. He has worked in the community for many years and in specialist palliative care since 2011.  Chris combined holding a clinical caseload in a duel role for 5 years whilst seconded to King’s College London completing his PGCE in 2016 with FHEA accreditation, teaching post graduate nursing courses and developing a module on the foundations of palliative care taught in Singapore. He completed his Masters in service development within a palliative care setting and is an independent prescriber.
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