Thu 11 Nov 2021
Video & Slides

Featuring presentation videos and accompanying slides: this online conference will help you to overcome the barriers caused by Covid-19, tackling the challenges of polypharmacy and combatting the mounting pressures facing you and your colleagues. Attend this interactive forum with established and aspiring independent and non-medical prescribers, log off feeling motivated and armed with best practice procedures.

Driving Forward Independent Prescribing Practices
On-demand 3 hours £299+VAT

3 hours Continuing Professional Development: what you will learn

Take away practical approaches to your challenges and progress the necessary advances in your service:

  • Evaluate the effect of Covid-19 antibiotic resistance and how you can make a positive difference
  • Streamline your prescription procedures during times of high demand
  • Ensure collaboration between secondary and primary services to improve efficiency
  • Optimise your virtual prescribing to ensure timely access to medicine
  • Deliver safe and effective medication reviews to improve patients’ quality of care
  • Build your legal competencies and responsibilities to avoid common errors

Meet your education and training needs in your own time

Update your best practice and focus on all aspects of independent prescribing, plus benefit from:

  • 3 CPD hours of presentation and speaker Q&A
  • Featuring engaging video and accompanying slides
  • Available at £299 + VAT for NHS and public sector professionals
  • Download and view in your own time
  • CPD Certificate issued to you after viewing the video

5 presentations | 10 parts | 3 CPD hours | Filmed on Thursday 11th November 2021

Introduction, instructions and chair’s opening remarks
Jane Portlock, Professor of Pharmacy Postgraduate Education, Director of Pharmacy, University of Sussex
National updates for 2021
Standards for prescribing programmes: becoming ‘prescribing ready’
Claire May, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, University of Sussex
Improving prescribing practices
Guidance for structured medication reviews and medicines optimisation
Lizzie Corteville, Locality Lead Pharmacist, West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Your questions and answers with Claire May and Lizzie Corteville
Prioritising professional wellbeing
Managing the pressures of independent prescribing and ensuring effective support networks
Christine Steel, Founder & CEO, Mind Health And Wellbeing Limited
Your questions and answers with Christine Steel
Legal issues and clinical negligence
Exploring the legal aspects of prescribing to avoid errors
Nick Cheesman, Legal Officer & Solicitor, Royal College of Nursing
Tackling professional challenges and maintaining competencies
Fiona Peniston-Bird, Prescribing Programme Lead for Nurses, Medway School of Pharmacy, University of Greenwich
Your questions and answers with Nick Cheesman and Fiona Peniston-Bird
Chair’s final remarks and close

Your speaker line-up

Learn tactics of how to reactivate good prescribing habits and improve patient health literacy with:

Job Title:
Professor of Pharmacy Postgraduate Education
University of Sussex

As a pharmacist, postgraduate tutor for pharmacists and an academic, I have spent a number of years creating and delivering education, initially at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Portsmouth and then at the University College London School of Pharmacy. 

These education roles have led to the development of research interests and numerous PhD projects in pharmacy education such development of peer mentors, the role of simulation in undergraduate pharmacy, development of placement education using the “Pharmacy Live” concept of immersive education, the place of professional leadership in undergraduate education, development and evaluation of new roles for pharmacy, development and evaluation of psychological approaches to helping people make healthy choices and the evaluation of the concept of Healthy Living Pharmacy. 

I am currently Director of Pharmacy at the University of Sussex, with a continued interest in pharmacist prescribing.

Job Title:
Locality Lead Pharmacist
West Hampshire CCG

Liz has been qualified as a pharmacist for 33 years. For the first ten years, she worked in hospital pharmacy running a Medicines Information Centre for healthcare professionals and providing a clinical service to medical wards. Liz has a special interest in cardiovascular medicine and care of the elderly.

For the last 20 years she has worked in primary care, working with GPs and practice nurses to provide medicines optimisation services to patients across West Hampshire CCG. She helps lead a team of around 35 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in GP practices. Liz is passionate about patient safety and has managed several campaigns within the CCG to optimise medicines and deprescribe problematic drugs in the context of inappropriate polypharmacy, especially in the frail elderly.

60 Second Interview

Question :What has been your route into the industry?

Answer :The first part of my career was spent in hospital pharmacy with a special interest in Elderly Care, Cardiovascular Medicine and Medicines Information. I have been working with GPs in Primary Care optimising medicines for over 20 years now. In those pioneering days, the role of the primary care pharmacist was completely new.

Question :Why have you become involved in your particular specialisation?

Answer :I have a passion for patient safety and the elderly have much to gain from high quality comprehensive medication review services which include deprescribing inappropriate medicines.

Question :What do you consider to be the biggest challenge at the moment and why?

Answer :The workload and pressures in general practice mean that medication review is often not given the importance it deserves. Many elderly people living with frailty are taking too many medicines and are at risk of harm from them.

Question :What do you consider to be the biggest threat at the moment and why?

Answer :The growing lack of availability of generic medicines due to Brexit.

Question :Who will be most interested in the subject matter of the conference and in particular, your topic?

Answer :Prescribers interested in knowing more about Polypharmacy and Deprescribing, particularly in the frail elderly.

Question :What do you expect your delegates to “take away” with them at the end of the conference?

Answer :• Continuing to promote comprehensive medication review & deprescribing is a worthwhile patient safety activity and contributes positively in the 5-year WHO Patient Safety Challenge • Deprescribing forms an essential part of tackling inappropriate polypharmacy, reducing harm from medicines and reducing costs from over-prescribing (including avoidable hospital admissions) • Deprescribing is essential for managing the frail elderly • Provision needs to be made as part of frailty pathways for expert medication review and deprescribing services

Job Title:
Founder & CEO
Mind Health And Wellbeing Limited

Reducing Stress for Students 

Christine has a passion to find ways to lower the levels of anxiety and stress suffered by students. Having personally experienced the impact that the stress of education can have on health with her own daughter. 

Reducing stress for students became Christine’s mission to help students navigate the pressures of education on their health and to stop them experiencing what her daughter went through. 

She believes in prevention and finding ways to reach a balance between education and health to avoid suffering from burnout. 

Christine’s passion for reducing stress for students has also led her into expanding her support into helping and encouraging others who work in some of the most stressful sectors. 

Sharing tools and techniques, insights, and knowledge to help reduce anxiety and stress and to encourage taking care of your own wellbeing. 

Christine has been creating and developing talks and workshops to be able to share the importance of taking your own self-care seriously. 

Christine has been a lifelong learner and a researcher through her love of books, adding to her life experiences. Further supporting as a Mental Health First Aider and Wellbeing Champion in her daily life.

Job Title:
Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice
University of Sussex

I am a versatile Pharmacist with experience in academia, Primary Care and community pharmacy including NHS budget management. I have excellent clinical and product knowledge and a wide understanding of prescribing issues in both primary and secondary care. I am committed to developing my own career, to supporting the development of others and to keeping the patient at the centre of Pharmacy’s wider agenda. 

Throughout my pharmacy career I have been involved in delivering training to various members of pharmacy staff and in the last few years this has progressed to designing training packages for undergraduate and postgraduate students including being lead for an Independent Prescribing Programme in the South East.

Job Title:
Legal Officer & Solicitor
Royal College of Nursing

Job Title:
Prescribing Programme Lead for Nurses, Medway School of Pharmacy,
University of Greenwich

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Past attendee Feedback

Held as an interactive online forum and now available to you as a series of video presentations, here is some feedback on the excellent content from the professionals who attended:

"Everyone was great, but would like to say thanks to Nick Cheeseman for his presentation and especially for sharing how the process of reporting to NMC works"

Driving Forward Independent Prescribing Practices, November 2021

"Excellent content and beyond excellent support/communication from SBK"

Driving Forward Independent Prescribing Practices, November 2021

"Timely, informative and useful"

Driving Forward Independent Prescribing Practices, November 2021

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Who came?

If you purchase and view the presentation video and accompanying sides, you will be in good company! The following is an insight into the job titles and organisations who came to Driving Forward Independent Prescribing Practices when it was held on Thursday 11th November 2021:

Job titles:

  • Children Community Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist / ANP
  • Community Psychiatric Nurse
  • Founder & CEO
  • Gynae-Oncology Nurse Specialist
  • Lead Nurse Airways
  • Legal Officer & Solicitor
  • Locality Lead Pharmacist
  • Non Medical Prescriber
  • Prescribing Programme Lead for Nurses
  • Professor of Pharmacy Postgraduate Education
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutics and Nanotherapeutics
  • Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice
  • Specialist Diabetes Nurse
  • Specialist Nurse - HIV


  • Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
  • Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust
  • Mind Health And Wellbeing Limited
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Swanscombe & Bean Partnership
  • Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Sussex
  • West Hampshire CCG