Pioneering health project receives national award

Lakeside Surgery in Corby
Lakeside Surgery in Corby

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

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

The project has won top prize at the PrescQIPP Innovation Awards. The CCGs worked together on regular training updates with outside speakers, deliver joint training with diabetes specialist nurses, run a non-medicine prescribing conference every year and teach on a number of varied 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 NHS Corby CCG and Nene CCG, said: “It’s great to be recognised for the hard work we’ve put in. Regular long-term training sessions for these sorts of health care professionals are quite unusual.

“Our annual conference also helps to ensure that their prescribing keeps up-to-date with all the new drugs and guidelines.”