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
  • All prices include 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.

The 2023/24 community had their last session in January. The 2024/25 community is now live for booking commencing on 16th April.

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

What will I learn?

The first session this year will be on 16th April and the topic is Diabetes with Dr Shafika Gurtschke.

Other topics to be covered this year:

  • Breathlessness
  • Prescribing in the frail elderly for End of Life
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Heart Failure
  • Prescribing in non cancer pain

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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Mary Watson

Mary Watson

Associate Consultant Nurse Mary joined St Christopher’s in 2014 as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. For the past 18 months she has been in the role of Associate Consultant Nurse and currently works within the community team at Orpington. She started her nursing career as a Healthcare Assistant 22 years ago – 9 months into this post she applied for nurse training. It was during this that she found her passion for palliative care and knew it was the area she would like to specialise in. Mary qualified as a nurse in 2006 and worked on an acute medical ward. To…
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