Pioneering health project wins national recognition

A pioneering Northamptonshire project to improve care to patients has won a national award.

Corby and Nene’s Clinical Commissioning Groups have been recognised for the way they train health professionals who can prescribe medicines in their area of expertise, although they are not doctors.

The project has won top prize at the PrescQIPP Innovation Awards. The clinical commissioning groups work together on regular training updates, deliver joint training with diabetes specialist nurses, run a non-medicine prescribing conference each year and teach on clinical areas including depression, asthma and antibiotics.

The project means patients get a better standard of care as the non-prescribing nurses are up-to-date with their clinical practice.

Decision-making is also shared with patients which means they have a better understanding of why their medicines may be changed.

Sue Smith, head of medicines management for the Corby and Nene commissioning groups, said: “It’s great to be recognised for the hard work we’ve put in.”