Medicines optimisation in care homes: Programme overview

NHS England, March 2018

This document sets out the process for how the Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF) will be deployed to support the Medicines optimisation in care homes (MOCH) programme in 2018/19 and 2019/20. It sets out the background to the programme and describes the scope, objectives and expected outcomes for care home residents. This programme aims to recruit pharmacists into care homes to help reduce overmedication and cut unncessary hospital stays.

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Prevalence and economic burden of medication errors in the NHS in England: Rapid evidence synthesis and economic analysis of the prevalence and burden of medication error in the UK

University of Sheffield Policy Research Unit in Economic Evaluation of Health & Care Interventions, March 2018

Report that estimates approximately 66 million potentially clinically significant errors occur per year, 71.0% of these in primary care. This is where most medicines in the NHS are prescribed and dispensed. Prescribing in primary care accounts for 33.9% of all potentially clinically significant errors. It estimates NHS costs of definitely avoidable Adverse Drug Reactions as £98.5 million per year, consuming 181,626 beddays, causing 712 deaths, and contributing to 1,708 deaths.

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The Report of the Short Life Working Group on reducing medication-related harm

Department of Health and Social Care, March 2018

Report on the recommendations of the Short Life Working Group (SLWG) on reducing medication-related harm the focus is on the World Health Organizations domains:

  1. Patients and the Public
  2. Health Care Professionals
  3. Medicines
  4. Systems and Practice of medication

It also identifies the role of technology.

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The pharmacy contribution to antimicrobial stewardship

Royal Pharmaceutical Society – September 2017

This report looks at the pharmacist’s role in tackling the challenges of inappropriate use of antibiotics as part of a multidisciplinary approach. The report makes recommendations in order to contribute to wider efforts in meeting the challenge set by the UK Government in 2016 of reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing by 50 per cent by 2020.

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Pharmacy: a way forward for public health – opportunities for action through pharmacy for public health

Public Health England, September 2017

This document sets out a range of opportunities for pharmacy teams working in communities, and through their daily interactions with patients and the public, to play an important role in protecting and improving the health of the nation.

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Enhancing the use of scientific evidence to judge the potential benefits and harms of medicines

The Academy of Medical Sciences, June 2017

This report highlights the significant difficulties patients and some healthcare professionals face in using evidence from research to judge the benefits and harms of medicines, and calls for concerted action to improve the information patients receive.The report calls for a range of actions including significant improvements to patient information leaflets, better use of medical appointments and a bigger role for NHS Choices as the ‘go to’ source of trusted information online for patients and carers, as well as healthcare professionals.

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Building capacity: realising the potential of community pharmacy assets for improving the public’s health

Royal Society for Public Health, November 2016

This report published by RSPH and Public Health England, has identified a number of opportunities and challenges for community pharmacy teams to further support the public’s health. The report, based on research conducted in early 2016, provides a snapshot of the extent to which pharmacy teams are supporting the public’s health, the opportunities and challenges they may face and what can be done to address the challenges.

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