Liz Plastow, the NMC lead on standards for prescribing, is conducting workshops to investigate what form prescribing CPD should take, how much should be theory and how much practical, whether it should be in addition to current requirements and whether it should apply to all nurse prescribers.
Delegates at the Association for Nurse Prescribing (ANP) conference in London last week gave the first test of nurse prescriber opinion on the areas.
Most felt prescribing CPD should be an equal mix of theory and practice and that it should also take a flexible form incorporating e-learning, networking and reflective practice. Most agreed the standards should apply to all prescribers to avoid elitism or confusion.
However, while some felt prescribing CPD should be done on top of current requirements, others said prescribing was integral to their therapeutic area and it would be artificial to try and separate out the CPD needed for it.
Some pointed out that they found it difficult to achieve the current PREP requirements but suggested a dedicated number of hours within the 150 be devoted to prescribing.
Barbara Stuttle, chair of the ANP, urged nurses to see the CPD standards as an opportunity to force employers to provide more training.
'We can really use this if we put our minds to it. In the current climate of training budgets you have to prove the added value of training and time out of practice but if it is part of NMC standards they have to agree to it.'
Another delegate said she felt prescribing CPD should be linked to PACT data analysis and training needs identified in appraisals.