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.

RPS Draft Professional Guidance on Polypharmacy

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society are inviting comments on draft professional guidance on Polypharmacy: Getting our medicines right. Details of the development process are posted in the Professional Standards Section of the RPS website. Comments can be submitted via Survey Monkey.

Gender Dysphoria_Private Medical Providers_NHS England Guidance

NHS England has issued guidance on “Primary Care Responsibilities In Regard To Requests by Private On-Line Medical Service Providers to Prescribe Hormone Treatments for Transgender People” The guidance refers to GMC guidance on treating Trans patients and includes the following advice: A request by a private on-line medical service that a GP accepts responsibility for prescribing endocrine treatments Continue Reading »

NICE Bites – Sore Throat & Acute Otitis Media

The North West Medicines Information Centre have published a very useful synopsis of recent NICE guidelines on antimicrobial prescribing for upper respiratory tract infections. NICE Bites 107 summarises NICE NG 84: Acute Sore throat and NICE NG 91: Acute Otitis Media. Both aim to limit antibiotic use and reduce antimicrobial resistance, emphasising the low risk of complications and Continue Reading »

Resources to support safer modification of food and drink

NHS Improvement have issued a Patient Safety Alert to highlight patient harm linked to misunderstandings about, or imprecise application of terms used to describe thickened fluids or food texture. The Patient Safety Alert also draws attention to the requirement for local plans for transition to international standardised terminology in the NHS and across the UK – with links Continue Reading »

Updated Antimicrobial Prescribing Guideline

An updated version of the antimicrobial prescribing guideline for primary care in the North East & Cumbria is now available:  Version 4 incorporates changes made to the Public Health England document: Management and treatment of common infections –  Antibiotic guidance for primary care as well as recent guidance from NICE on management of self-limiting respiratory tract & ear infections.