Reflection and further learning

Nurses can complete the Nurses and Midwifery Council's 'Reflective accounts form' to record their learning and use for revalidation purposes. Download the form on the Nurses and Midwifery Council's website. 

W: http://revalidation.nmc.org.uk/download-resources/forms-and-templates

Where can the Practice Nurses learn more about fractures, falls and osteoporosis?

Fracture Prevention Practitioner e-learning course:

The NOS offers online, accredited, Fracture Prevention Practitioner training for Practice Nurses, developed by leading experts in the field of osteoporosis. This is the only training of its kind that provides the knowledge underpinning best practice in secondary fracture prevention. The training course takes 4 – 5 hours to complete, involves a modest charge of £50, and is structured at two levels: foundation and advanced. It has been approved for 4 distance learning CPD Credits by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK. At both levels, self-assessment is undertaken to check understanding and knowledge at the end of each section. Formal (accredited) assessment of learning may be undertaken at the end of both levels to provide foundation and advanced certification as a Fracture Prevention Practitioner. Annual re-validation will be available to maintain continuing professional development and to ensure clinical practice is kept up to date.

W: www.nos.org.uk/fpp

Allied Health Professional Network:

Join our FREE supportive and inspirational Allied Health Professional (AHP) Network. Benefits include:

  • Straight forward, easy to access support to help you
  • Expertise sharing at free regional AHP network meetings
  • Relevant information on current local and national service provision, best practice resources and educational events.

W: https://nos.org.uk/ahp

Free osteoporosis helpline:

The NOS also provides a free helpline for both patients and health professionals which is manned by experienced specialist osteoporosis nurses who are well placed to field more difficult clinical queries.

W: www.nos.org.uk/help-and-support

Questions for the Practice Nurse to consider:

  • Do you have a good understanding of osteoporosis?
  • Do you have a local FLS? Where is your nearest?
  • If you have a local FLS, do you have a named contact and telephone number?
  • Are you familiar with the patient pathway of the FLS, and the role of Primary Care in this? Do you have a good working relationship with your local FLS?
  • Using the computerised patient record, could your practice undertake a systematic audit of at-risk groups such as women who experienced an early menopause, those on anticonvulsant or steroid medications, those with long-term health conditions and those with a history of non-traumatic fracture?
  • Could your practice screen patients with acute-onset back pain for indications of an undiagnosed vertebral fracture? Are you familiar with IT software solutions that can assist in this?
  • When you see a patient taking bone-sparing medication, could you include adherence to treatment in the appointment?
  • Do you know enough about osteoporosis and bone-sparing medications?
  • Can you consider fracture prevention training for your CPD?
  • Can you share your knowledge of osteoporosis, bone-sparing medication and fracture prevention with your colleagues?
  • Would you consider Fracture Prevention nursing or a role in a FLS as a career?

Record your learning:

You can use the Nurses and Midwifery Council’s ‘Reflective accounts form’ to record your learning. Download the form here: http://revalidation.nmc.org.uk/download-resources/forms-and-templates

Next steps

Take the National Osteoporosis Society's Fracture Prevention Practitioner Training e-learning module.

This module is FREE to access and CPD accredited and will enable you to deliver excellent health care to people with or at risk of osteoporosis and fragility fractures throughout the UK, using nationally agreed best-practice standards. This is the only course of its kind that provides the underpinning knowledge required to deliver best practice.