Since 2008, the Clinical Audit Support Centre have taken responsibility for running educational workshops, events and conferences for non-medical prescribers based in Leicestershire. This work is coordinated by the wider NMP Steering Group who are made up of experts from across the county (NHS organisations, academic bodies, etc.) and who meet periodically. CASC host and chair steering group meetings, manage the NMP budget and organise all relevant education conferences and workshops for NMPs in Leicestershire.
What is an NMP?
A non-medical prescriber is essentially a healthcare professional who prescribes (but is not a doctor). Many healthcare staff have undertaken extensive additional and ongoing training in order to become an NMP, including the likes of: specialist nurses, pharmacists, radiographers, etc. To find out more about the work and requirements of NMPs, click here. Many of our local NMPs have undertaken the excellent course at De Montfort University. To find out more, click here.
Lunchtime meetings and events
Whenever possible we hold educational lunchtime meetings for NMPs that take place from 12noon to 2pm. The format of these meetings is: registration from 12noon to 12.30pm with the educational workshop lasting 90 minutes to 2pm. Events typically take place at Devonshire Place (London Rd) or Leicester Racecourse. To access the current programme of events click here.
NMP Conference 2017
The 2017 annual conference was held at Leicester Racecourse on 3 October 2017 and proved to be a huge success with over 130 NMPs in attendance. The day focused on patient safety and best practice. Delegates were treated to a wide range of talks including: human factors and patient safety (Elizabeth McKechnie), the work of the new freedom to speak up guardians (Pauline Lewitt and Jo Dawson), best practice in antibiotic prescribing (Emma Cramp) and updates in the management of asthma and COPD (Anna Murphy). The day also included a number of talks from local NMPs and a presentation from the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network. Overall, 99% of delegates rated the conference as ‘good’ or ‘very good’. Another conference will be held in 2018 and details will be posted here.
Who is eligible to attend the NMP events?
If you are a non-medical prescriber working for University Hospitals Leicester, Leicestershire Partnership Trust or one of the three Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups you are eligible to attend the NMP educational events free of charge. Our meetings and conferences cater for a wide range of NMP staff and in recent times a wide range of professionals have attended local events, including: practice nurses, nurse practitioners, specialist nurses, community matrons, district nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, etc. Further, if you are currently not working in Leicestershire but are studying for the relevant De Montfort University course then you are entitled to attend the meetings free of charge. NMP’s based outside Leicestershire may attend the workshops and conference if places are available, but a small charge will be made to cover costs.
How do I book a place?
Booking your place on NMP events is simple and all you need to do is email email@example.com. Please state the title and date of the workshop you would like to book for. Please note, that you cannot book places for other NMPs. A member of the Clinical Audit Support Centre team will then contact you with further details. For information, places are offered on a strictly ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. Places for lunchtime meetings are limited to 20 per sponsoring organisation and 50 per sponsoring organisation for the annual conference.
What happens if I fail to attend?
Please be aware that NMP staff that book onto monthly meetings and/or the annual conference access free events funded by NHS monies. If you book on an event and are subsequently unable to attend (however late in the day) you are expected to contact the CASC team via (0116) 264 3411 or firstname.lastname@example.org We reserve the right to charge staff who fail to attend events and who do not contact us prior to the event or within 24 hours of the conclusion of the event a fee of £20 to cover associated costs.