Welcome to the Medicines Optimisation website

This website is maintained by North of England Commissioning Support Medicines Optimisation Team and contains medicines information guidelines and resources to support safe, effective and good value medicines use in primary care in North East and Cumbria CCGs.

The new and improved BNF app

Following the recent launch by the publishers of the BNF of a new, faster, easier to use and access BNF app, the current NICE BNF app will be withdrawn later this year.

For the first time, adult and child BNF content is available through a single app. This provides ease of use and saves space on your device. Those working in health and social care can download and use the app for free. The app is fully portable and you don’t need an internet connection to use it. This means that the BNF’s guidance is available at the point of care in a digital format.

Useful information for Community Pharmacists on the Prescription Tracker

Can’t find a prescription?

We’ve had feedback that patients feel like they’re “caught in the crossfire” when an electronic prescribing goes missing and they feel like they get bounced between the practice and the pharmacy.

The prescription tracker should be the solution to this problem:

Before you contact the GP practice or send the patient back to the surgery, remember you can now use the prescription tracker to search for an electronic prescription. The prescription tracker allows you to check the status and history of electronic prescriptions.

If the prescription cannot be found, then at that point please contact the GP Practice.

Help reduce repeat prescribing waste – Report via SIRMS

To make it easier to identify and investigate waste in the repeat prescription ordering process, we’ve added a specific field with a yes/no dropdown to SIRMS that will highlight where waste has occurred in repeat prescribing systems.

This will help us to run reports and investigate incidents relating to waste. We’ll look at all the incidents and where necessary put steps in place to prevent this happening again.