Tue 26 Apr 2022 09:30-15:30
Online Workshop

This online workshop has now taken place. With thought provoking presentations and stimulating interactive sessions, this informative and educational NHS workshop was the ideal forum to learn about the legalities for independent prescribing, to increase understanding of recent legislative changes and arm delegates with the knowledge to protect themselves from common errors.

If you would like to attend a future event on this topic, please email our Customer Service Team or telephone 01732 897788. They will be happy to assist you.

Legal Implications and Fitness to Practice for Independent Prescribers
Past workshop 5 hours

5 hours Continuing Professional Development

Benefit from peer-to-peer advice on improving prescribing and ensuring that you can consistently deliver safe, professional and ethical care. Improve your understanding of:

  • Legal and ethical implications for independent prescribing
  • Clinical negligence and improving your duty of care
  • Responsibilities around mental capacity and informed decision making
  • Support and education provided from regulatory bodies
  • Avoiding referrals and hearings through improved knowledge of prescribing errors
  • Building competencies and prescribing mindfully

Attend this online NHS workshop from the comfort of your own home

Take away useful techniques and new skills to use in your day-to-day work routine:

  • Evidenced based examples and referrals: providing appropriate, relevant support and sign posting
  • Interactive presentations: your concerns addressed with sensitivity and care
  • Closed room discussions: benchmark and engage with your fellow attendees
  • Agreed action plan: leave the workshop with the confidence to make changes
Introduction, instructions and leader’s opening remarks
Join, tech support and opportunity to network in breakout rooms
Relevant legislation and regulatory standards for independent prescribers
  • Understanding fundamental ethical and legal principles
  • What legislation covers the work of independent prescribers?
  • Exploring the code of conduct and relevant guidance
Interactive discussion: How do you obtain consent? How do you evidence this and why is this so important?
Main legal areas that all independent prescribers need to be aware of
  • Consent, duty of care and mental capacity
  • What is clinical negligence and what does it mean for independent prescribers?
  • The inquest process: what to expect and when to seek advice?
Interactive discussion: Drafting a witness statement for the inquest process- what should you include?
Understanding the referral process
The fitness to practise process
  • Who are the NMC and what do they do?
  • The NMC fitness to practise process- what does a referral look like?
  • The reflective piece- why is this so important in a fitness to practise referral?
Interactive discussion: Who refers independent prescribers to the NMC and for what reasons?
Case study session: How to avoid regular errors which can lead to referral to the NMC
  • Which regular errors often lead to referrals?
  • Explore the issues raised in record keeping and prescribing outside competencies
  • Discover case study examples of NMC referrals: what would you do differently?
Question, answer and final discussion session
Close of workshop

Share in first-hand experience

Improve your knowledge of the legal implications and medical errors in independent prescribing with your experienced course leader:

Job Title:
Legal Officer & Solicitor
Legal Services, Royal College of Nursing

Nick is a solicitor and has been practising in the area of regulatory law concerning health and social care since 2014. Nick has been at the RCN since February 2016 and specialises in representing members subject to regulatory proceedings with the NMC as well as inquests and criminal proceedings. Nick has also recently taken the national lead in assisting RCN members in matters concerning the CQC.

Past attendee feedback

With over 5 years’ experience of running both face–to-face and online courses for NHS independent prescribers, we are proud to share just some feedback from previous courses

'It was an excellent refresher, thought provoking and informal'

The Royal Surrey Hospital

‘A huge amount of information, well presented.’

Birmingham Woman's and Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

'Timely, informative and useful’

Swanscombe and Bean Partnership

'It was a very interesting day, good to recap on the legislation and important elements of prescribing'

NHS Lothian

‘Very informative’

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

'Excellent content and beyond excellent support/communication from SBK’

Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

'It was a valuable day as a NMP in practice and NMP Lead . Being a small group was more eclectic and focused. It enabled me to remind myself of my accountability and responsibility as a NMP'

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust