NMC guidance on continuing professional development delayed

Nurse prescribers feel ‘isolated' and unsupported after delays have hit NMC guidance on continuing professional development (CPD) and PCTs are slashing training budgets.

Sandy Reid: 'Newly qualified prescribers need more support on CPD'
Sandy Reid: 'Newly qualified prescribers need more support on CPD'

A year after the NMC issued training standards on prescribing for nurses, to precede the opening of the full formulary, there is no sign or a publication date for CPD standards.

An NMC spokeswoman said they were still conducting workshops and it was unlikely there would a draft document ready before April.

The delay comes at the same time as PCTs are slashing training budgets forcing cancellation of non-medical prescribing educational events.

Barbara Stuttle, chair of the Association for Nurse Prescribing, said she was disappointed by the delay on CPD standards, but had confidence that the NMC was working as quickly as possible. She said she was extremely worried about cuts to training budgets and expected them to be reinstated by April.

‘It should be a temporary situation. If budgets for prescribing CPD are not fully reinstated by April then I think we as a profession and as a health service need to start raising questions because that is very serious.’

Sandy Reid, a nurse practitioner in Staffordshire, said the NMC delay and lack of funds meant prescribers were feeling isolated.

‘Some younger, newly qualified nurse prescribers need more support on CPD. I used to run events with pharmaceutical company money but they are tightening their belts as well and I’ve had to cancel the last two. I had nurses ringing me worried because it was their only opportunity for nurse prescribing-specific CPD.’

Malcolm Bruce, non-medical prescribing lead in Cambridgeshire, said the PCT had banned the use of pharmaceutical money to fund events but there was no budget to replace it. He said he was struggling to know how to offer CPD events for prescribers.

judy.sands@haymarket.com

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