Prescribing Update 17 April 2021

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Date: 17 April 2021
Time: 09h00 – 12h00

CPD Hours: 3

This session explores the latest guidelines when prescribing in general practice, primary care and the community.

Who should attend

Nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, non medical prescribers, paramedics

Session Aims

This session provides an update of current prescribing guidelines in primary care.


  1. Explore current guidelines for antimicrobial prescribing in primary care.
  2. Identify and audit safe prescribing and monitoring of amber level drugs.
  3. Develop skills in auditing management of patients with COPD exacerbation in primary care.
  4. Recognise importance of auditing and reviewing prescribing practices in general practice.


09h00 Antimicrobial stewardship in primary care

10h00  Amber Level  and High Risk Drugs monitoring in general practice

11h00 Medication reviews and audits in general practice.

12h00 Close and Evaluations

Lecturer: Aneela Tehseen, Clinical Pharmacist

Lecturer Profile

Aneela is  a clinical pharmacist with a special interest in promoting safer prescribing. She currently provides educational support to many organisations in the area of prescribing optimisation and works as the lead for medicine management and pathway development for a group of GP practices. Over the years she has successfully designed and implemented several innovative projects of safer and improved prescribing focussed at harm reduction.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published her achievements on safer prescribing of high risk drug in Oct 2019 in shared learning domain. This can be found here

In Oct 2020 a resource that she developed to improve prescribing of Schedule 2,3 controlled drugs as well as Hypnotics/ sedatives was approved and published by NICE. It can be found here

Recently, her team  achieved another significant success in reducing total Steroids and antimicrobial rescue pack prescribing in COPD patients. This was a project rolled out in a practice where a very high demand/ supply of rescue packs was flagged up as a result of her audits. The practice has achieved 59% reduction in antimicrobial prescribing and 45% reduction in oral steroids prescribing over 6 months without increase in hospital admissions whichis a phenomenal success.

Now the organisation is seeking to replicate in other practices where the analytical audits have shown an inappropriate prescribing. She has been working with a fantastic team team who have persevered  through the challenges of change.  Aneela and her colleagues are currently working on several other projects ,such as reducing Codeine prescribing, a forgotten area (as it’s not schedule 2,3 CD , it often slips through the net).

Belmatt is very proud to have her on our lecturing team.


Tackling frequent exacerbations in COPD patients

You will be sent a zoom link one day before the course.

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