Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation

The project has highlighted key changes taking place in Pharmacy, such as the significant growth in medicines spend, the growth of homecare and the increased focus on clinical pharmacy (and pharmacist prescribers).

Each year the NHS spends £14 billion on medicines. Good management and prescribing practices have a significant impact on both patient health and the cost of the medicines bill. Despite the huge importance, there is great variation between localities in the level of spend, prescribing practices and management approaches. The NHS Benchmarking Network has launched two related projects to support managers in charge of this important area; a project for Provider organisations and one for Commissioner organisations.

The Pharmacy project has been developed in partnership with NHS Pharmacists, the Department of Health, Public Health England and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).

2016/17 benchmarking project

The 2016 iteration of the Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation project collected 2015/16 data and the findings were discussed at a national event on 19th October 2016. The following outputs are available on the members' area:

  • Summary report
  • Good practice compendium
  • Presentations from the event
  • Online toolkit

2017/18 benchmarking project

Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation was included in the 2017/18 work programme, collecting 2016/17 data. Data collection for this year's iteration has now closed. The Benchmarking & Good Practice in Pharmacy & Medicines Optimisation conference was held on 18th October; you can read more about the event here. Outputs for this project will be available in December 2017 via the members' area.

Download a summary of the project together with the 2016 highlights.

For further information about this project, please contact Aidan Rawlinson.

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