Experiences and opinions of multi-professional non-medical oncology prescribers on post-qualification training: a qualitative study


Background: Within the UK, a non-medical prescriber is a non-medical healthcare professional who has undertaken post-registration training to gain prescribing rights. Lack of post-qualification NMP training has previously been identified as a barrier to the development of oncology non-medical prescribing practice. Aim: To explore the experiences and opinions of multi-professional non-medical oncology prescribers on post-qualification training. Method: Nine out of 30 oncology non-medical prescribers (three nurses, three pharmacists and three radiographers) from a single cancer centre in Wales, were selected from a study site NMP database using randomisation sampling within Microsoft® Excel. Participants were interviewed using a validated and piloted semi-structured interview design on the topic of post-qualification training for non-medical prescribers. Participants were invited via organisational email. Interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Anonymised data were thematically analysed aided by NVivo® software. Results: Main themes identified: experience related to training, competency, support and training methods. Competency assessment methods discussed were the annual non-medical prescriber appraisal, peer review and a line manager’s overarching appraisal. Support requirements identified included greater consultant input to help non-medical prescribers identify training and peer support opportunities. Organisational support was requested regarding regular study leave and governance around clinical judgement and errors. The need for regular structured in-house training related to non-medical prescriber’s level of experience was identified. Conclusion: Development of organisation-led governance strategies and in-house training programmes will support training equity for all non-medical prescribers within the organisation.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11096-022-01396-6
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > Aston Pharmacy School
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Drug prescriptions,Education,Medical oncology,Nurses,Pharmacists,Radiology,Pharmacy,Toxicology,Pharmacology,Pharmaceutical Science,Pharmacology (medical)
Publication ISSN: 2210-7711
Last Modified: 20 May 2024 07:39
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2022 10:18
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2022-06
Published Online Date: 2022-04-05
Accepted Date: 2022-03-04
Submitted Date: 2021-12-08
Authors: Harding, Sophie E
Langley, Christopher A (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0178-3778)
Borley, Annabel
Tranter, Bethan
Terry, David R P (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-7599-0916)



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