Our medicines optimisation programme aims to help patients get the maximum benefit from their medicines and reduce waste and harm.
The NHS spends £16.8 billion a year on medicines (£1 in every £7 that the NHS spends) and they are the most common treatment in the NHS.
Medicines help a lot of people get well but:
Medication safety continues to be a serious issue
Around 5-8% of hospital admissions are medicines related, many of which are preventable
Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics through overuse which is a global issue
Up to 50% of patients don't take their medicines as intended meaning their health is affected
Use of multiple medicines is increasing – over 1 million people take 8 or more medicines a day.
Our medicines optimisation projects:
Aim to understand the patients experience
Evidence based choices of medicines
making medicine optimisation part of routine practice
Ensuring medicines use is as safe as possible.
Our programme of work is focusing on a number of key areas to improve support for patients to get the best from their medicines;
Community pharmacist support for patients leaving hospital
Preventing prescribing errors
We are working collaboratively with the other 14 AHSNs to develop, share and spread good practice in medicines optimisation.
For further information please contact Lisa James, Senior Programme Manager, Medicine Optimisation firstname.lastname@example.org
NHS England's Medicine Optimisation website
World Health Organisation - Medication without harm