Nurse-organised prescribing conference hailed a success

Prescribing nurses based in Scotland joined in a series of lively debates at a free conference.

Nurse prescribers were among almost 100 delegates to attend a non-medical prescribing conference in Scotland.

Nursing and Midwifery Council figures show almost 74,000
qualified nurse prescribers on the register. Picture: iStock

The conference was funded by NHS Grampian and organised by the board’s associate nurse director Linda Harper.


The theme of the event, which took place at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen last month, was human factors and evidence in prescribing.

Ms Harper said: ‘We were delighted to attract such a large number of delegates to the conference this year.

‘The conference offered a good opportunity for non-medical prescribers to share experiences and best practice with each other. Our keynote speakers did a great job with their presentations, sparking a lot of discussion throughout the day.’

Pharmacists and allied health professionals were also in attendance.

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers included Catherine Paterson who studied as an undergraduate nursing student and successfully attained her non-medical prescribing qualification at RGU.

In August she was appointed as a lecturer in adult nursing at the university and shared with conference her experience of developing evidence-based clinical practice.

Figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, published in April 2016, show a total of 73,804 qualified nurse prescribers on the register, which represents 10.7% of the total register.

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