I’ve been a pharmacist since 1994 and my thoughts when I’m prescribing and dispensing medicines have always been, would I want my mum or my family to take this?
Medicines optimisation as supported by
By using the medicines optimisation resource NICE has produced, we can support patient outcomes in all care sectors and especially at local and neighbourhood levels. For me, medicine optimisation means focusing on people and their experiences to help them improve their outcomes; take their medicines correctly; avoid unnecessary medication; reduce wastage; and ensure safety.
The NHS England Long Term Plan is also giving us the perfect vehicle to prove how valuable a pharmacist can be regarding medicines safety. When pharmacists need information about
I am happy to say that the number of medicine optimisation projects is growing. These projects can only help clinical pharmacists support patients better, whether in GP practices, community pharmacies or other settings.