National Poisons Information Service

A service commissioned by Public Health England




Members of the public

seeking specific

information on poisons

should contact:


In England and Wales:

NHS 111 - dial 111


In Scotland:

NHS 24 - dial 111


In N Ireland:

Contact your local GP or

pharmacist during

normal hours; click here

(www.gpoutofhours for GP

services Out-of-Hours.


In Republic of Ireland:

01 809 2166



professionals seeking

poisons information

should consult:

Continuing Professional Development

On appointment, each NPIS Unit provides structured in-house training and assessment in both clinical and non-clinical (e.g. communication) skills to prepare scientific staff for dealing with healthcare professionals who contact the Service for advice. Training is structured towards learning objectives covering all aspects of clinical toxicology, from the mechanisms of toxicity to the management of poisoned patients. These are clearly set out in a national training curriculum. Additionally, many scientific staff undertake a postgraduate qualification in toxicology to further enhance their knowledge and expertise.


In addition to this initial training, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for staff is an essential component of the clinical governance structure of the Service. A national CPD programme equips both clinicians and scientific staff with the necessary knowledge and expertise to provide up to date, accurate, evidence-based and consistent advice on all aspects of poisoning. This includes education on new poisons, antidotes and other emerging treatment modalities. Additionally, the meetings provide an ideal forum to educate staff about strategic developments within the service, discuss challenging clinical cases and debate new research proposals. The meetings also offer the chance for face-to-face contact and social networking between clinical and scientific staff who may previously have only had contact via the phone.


During 2016/17, the NPIS annual CPD programme has undergone significant re-structuring. Having previously consisted of four meetings hosted in turn by each of the NPIS Units, it now consists of two-day meetings held twice each year, with all NPIS Units hosting in turn. This new format has allowed staff greater opportunity for CPD along with the benefit of networking during an evening social event. It is the responsibility of the CPD lead, an NPIS consultant appointed by the Directors every three years, to organise the rolling programme of meetings. An NPIS scientist is also appointed every two years to ensure the needs of the scientific staff are well represented within the educational programme.


All NPIS staff unit are encouraged to participate in research and submit papers to peer-reviewed journals (See NPIS publications). Staff also participate in national and international scientific meetings such as those organized by the British Toxicology Society, the European Association of Poisons Centres and Clinical Toxicologists, the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and the Society of Toxicology.


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