The University of Chester’s strength in the study of non-medical prescribing was highlighted at the UK’s first international conference on prescribing.

Dr Deborah Robertson, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Programme Leader, Non-Medical Prescribing, and colleagues represented the University with two poster presentations and a stand, which proved extremely popular.

The conference was attended by more than 300 people from the NHS and healthcare organisations in Australia, Spain and Ireland. It was organised by the region’s strategic health authority NHS North West and took place in Manchester on February 8 and 9.

Dr Robertson said: “It’s no longer only doctors who can prescribe medication. These days, an increasing number of clinicians such as nurse practitioners are trained to prescribe for a range of medical conditions.

“Our Faculty of Health and Social Care has an acknowledged reputation for continuing professional development courses for healthcare staff involved in prescribing. The Non Medical Prescribing course run by our Department of Community and Child Health is especially popular.

“We were very busy at the conference, with lots of interest in our courses from people representing organisations across the country.”

The keynote speakers at the conference included the national lead on non-medical prescribing, Dr June Crown OBE and the Medical Director of the National Patient Safety Agency, Dr Kevin Cleary.

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