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Non-Medical Prescribers – Community of Practice

St Christopher's CARE


10 sessions over 12 months
Virtual learning
£115 per person (includes VAT) for annual subscription
All prices include VAT

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“Superb, comprehensive programme. Very relevant to my practice.”

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Annual Subscription Nov 2020 - Oct 2021

About the event

  • Session dates

    • Session 1: 4 November 2020 – Pain management
    • Session 2: 2 December 2020 – Seizure prevention and management
    • Session 3: 3 February 2021 – Breathlessness management
    • Session 4: 3 March 2021 – Anticipatory Prescribing
    • Session 5: 7 April 2021 – Prescribing for people who have delirium
    • Session 6: 5 May 2021
    • Session 7: 2 June 2021
    • Session 8: 7 July 2021
    • Session 9: 1 September 2021
    • Session 10: 6 October 2021
  • What will I learn?

    Topics are to be confirmed but will include:

    • Prescribing for pain management in palliative care
    • Prescribing for nausea and vomiting in palliative care
    • Prescribing for constipation in palliative care
    • Prescribing issues for patients with heart failure
    • Prescribing issues for patients with renal impairment
    • Prescribing for older adults and those with a frailty diagnosis.
  • Who is it for?

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

  • Course tutors

    Our tutors:

    Nigel Dodds

    Nigel Dodds Consultant Nurse, St Christopher's

    Nigel works with the community nursing team at St Christopher’s. His current role is around developing new roles and initiatives in the community nursing teams at St Christopher’s. He has almost 30 years of nursing experience in HIV/AIDS, community nursing, cancer nursing, and palliative care.

    Nigel’s palliative care experience has been gained across community and acute hospital settings in London. He originally worked at St Christopher’s in 1999, returned in 2008, and then again in 2016. He has also worked overseas in Botswana on an HIV/AIDS programme, and with the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund in Uganda and Tanzania. Nigel has an MSc in Medical Anthropology, and an MSc Research (Palliative Care).

    Jan Thirkettle

    Jan Thirkettle Consultant Nurse, St Christopher's

    Jan has been working in palliative care since 2000. She joined the staff at St Christopher’s in 2010 and in July 2016 was appointed as a Consultant Nurse for the Single Point of Contact and Outpatient teams. Her role revolves around leading a multi-disciplinary team who assess all people referred for the services that St Christopher’s offers and those attending outpatient clinics. Jan has a MSC in Advanced Practice Palliative Care and is currently undertaking an Associate Director training programme at St Christopher’s.

    She has been a non-medical prescriber since 2012. Prior to coming to St Christopher’s she worked as a palliative care CNS in South East Kent and before starting her career in palliative care was the manager of a large care home.

  • What will the course look like?

    At St Christopher’s we understand the need to provide regular support and learning opportunities to non-medical prescribers. This supports non-medical prescribers in practice, and enables non-medical prescribers to demonstrate continuing professional development as they progress through their careers.

    We are developing a new online monthly community of practice to continue to support nurses and allied health care professionals who are non-medical prescribers working in palliative and end of life care. This community of practice will support one another, and provide a space for reflection, discussion and sharing of best practice.

    There will be 10 sessions over the year starting this October and running every month (excluding December and August) until September 2021. Each session will consist of a 20-30 minute presentation led by a clinical expert, followed by two case study presentations from members of the community, and time for discussion and Q&A.

    The presentation will be recorded and posted on our Online Learning Platform (OLP) for the community.  The OLP will also contain documents, reference materials and the case studies discussed. These can be accessed by all members of the community of practice, and therefore will be available to anyone who misses a session.

    These community of practice meetings are open to all non-medical prescribers in end of life and palliative care; and also open to anyone currently undertaking or about to undertake a non-medical prescribing programme.



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Why our education programme?

We have a well-established programme of high quality, cutting-edge, specialist palliative care education, designed for those working in the UK and internationally.
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Education is at the heart of St Christopher’s mission to promote and provide hospice care of the highest standards.
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St Christopher’s Education Centre and VAT charges

At St Christopher's, a registered charity, it is important for us to maximise any surpluses to reinvest in the objectives of the charity.

Unfortunately, the manner in which we undertake our training currently means we are not able to invest as much of our surplus as possible, therefore from the 1 December 2017, St Christopher’s Education Centre will charge VAT at the standard rate on our training courses, the reason for this change in pricing is twofold:

i) We want to be able to reinvest any surpluses made from training back into all of our charitable objectives rather than only Education

ii) We want to be able to reclaim the VAT on costs relating to developing and running the training courses