Over time you will be exposed to patients with various other clinical conditions and as a result be required to expand your area of clinical practice to improve and provide holistic patient care.
A prescriber can prescribe any medicine for any condition within their competence. (See what an IP and SP can prescribe). As well as having a good understanding of the medicines prescribed, it is important to be competent in diagnosing and managing conditions. Highlighting ways to expand your clinical practice through viable resources, learning tools and relevant training can assist in meeting competencies required for diagnosis and disease management.
The following resources can support with your current or expanding your area of clinical practice. (NB: This is not an exhaustive list and for further details on training or resources you can use to develop your clinical expertise in a specific clinical area pharmacists can contact RPS Professional Support Service and for nurses and midwives RCN advice team online
Clinical resources sections in this guide.
RPS list of accredited training providers and courses
Training course providers such as CPPE, NES, WCPPE, Script and nmprescribing may have courses for prescribing in specific clinical areas of practice
Arranging work shadowing with specialist nurses, pharmacists or consultants in specific areas of clinical practice. Finding out about any events, training courses or networks.
Using your SP prescribing qualification to prescribe in a new area of clinical practice can mean you are engaged with other healthcare professionals involved in the individual patient, whilst developing on your own prescribing skills in that area of practice.