Thames Hospice

In July 2021 we awarded Thames Hospice a grant towards their ‘Non Medical Prescriber Nurse Training Programme’ which, over 3 years, will see 8 experienced nurse practitioners trained to be able to prescribe urgent medication to ensure patients are kept comfortable and pain-free at home. The project was driven by the challenges that had been faced by the Palliative Care Response Team who were having to travel to 24-hour pharmacies around their calls to fulfil the necessary prescriptions, which often meant a hospital admission for the patient if they weren’t able to achieve this. We were delighted to hear that, having recently qualified, Thames Hospice now have their first two, fully qualified nurse prescribers who they say are already improving the quality and efficiency of care to patients at home. The next two trainees will start the course in September 2022 and we wish them the very best of luck.