Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation

In delivering the Five Year Forward View and the move towards prevention and empowering patients, the role of clinical pharmacy in both primary care and community pharmacy in reducing pressures on other NHS services, is significant. Central to these changes are the four principles of medicines optimisation provided by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, which enables efficiency savings to be made combined with improved patient outcomes.

The NHS Benchmarking Network’s Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation project aims to support Medicines Management teams by providing comparable data that can be used to inform decision making and evidence examples of effective medicines optimisation.

This project is for all commissioners. Subscribing members will receive:

  • Access to a benchmarking toolkit, allowing you to benchmark your service across hundreds of metrics
  • A bespoke dashboard report outlining key messages and metrics, which compares your local position against nationally reported positions
  • A high-level report outlining key messages and metrics for pharmacy services nationally

2017/18 benchmarking project

A total of 37 organisations provided data to the 2017 project. In addition to the Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation (commissioner) project, the Network runs a provider Hospital Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation project which received 173 submissions.

The commissioner project is not taking place in the 2018/19 work programme, but the Network would welcome members that would like to share their good practice in this area. The Network will examine primary care medicines related content in its wider work programme and would like to hear form members about their particular areas of interest.

For queries about this project please contact Jessica Walsh.

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