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.

Medicine Matters – Autumn 2019

Medicine Matters – Autumn 2019 Includes: Timing of doses – with focus on those that are time sensitive National Medicines Optimisation in Care Home initiative Lessons learned from a prescription ordering incident Annual ‘flu vaccination campaign Reminder of the importance of always writing insulin doses as “units” in full

Medicine Matters – Summer 2019

Medicine Matters – Summer 2019 Includes: Notes & guidance on covert administration Lessons learned from an incident involving Oramorph solution CQC report on medicines in health & social care Oral health in care homes  

DHSC-NHSE&I Guide to Medicines Supply & Shortages

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England & NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have published a comprehensive guide to the processes and systems in place to help manage medicines supply issues. The guide set out “… to detail the national, regional and local management and escalation processes and communication routes for medicines supply issues” and to support Continue Reading »

SPS NICE Bites – Cellulitis

The NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS) have published the latest in the NICE Bites series of summary prescribing recommendations from NICE guidelines – covering antimicrobial treatment for cellulitis & erysipelas.  

EPMA Systems & Safe Discharge – HSIB Report

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) have published a report on electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems (EPMA) and safe discharge. The HSIB investigation was triggered by a reference event involving anticoagulants that met defined Outcome Impact, Systemic Risk and Learning Potential criteria. The event highlighted issues with discharge communication. The HSIB made four recommendations to NHSX relating to electronic Continue Reading »