Optimisation of Medicines Management - NEW
Medicines optimisation and better use of pharmacy is not a new concept. In 2012 David Nicholson described it as “a vital agenda… central to what we’re trying to do”, but it has rightly gained additional focus in recent months. Lord Carter’s interim report into NHS efficiency suggested £1bn could be saved in this area, arguing medicines optimisation can lead to better outcomes, reduced waste and improved safety. It was also a key theme of his final report.
This award will recognise teams that are helping patients get the most out of their medications, and/or finding other ways to derive increased value from pharmacy. Entries are welcome from any organisation working as part of the NHS, or with it. We are particularly interested in examples of good medicines optimisation work from multi-disciplinary teams.
- A clear rationale for the project
- An explanation of how it aimed to achieve improved value in pharmacy
- An explanation of how the project plan was informed by existing best practice or evidence
- A demonstrable focus on patient safety alongside efficiency improvements
- Evidence the project has led to improved value in pharmacy. This should include a quantitative aspect – for instance: decreased costs, fewer adverse medication incidents, increased adherence rates – and can also include qualitative outcomes such as patient experience measures.
- Proof the project met or surpassed its original goal
- Initiatives that are demonstrably or potentially scalable and replicable
- Clear evidence the work has improved value in pharmacy. Of particular interest will be projects which have simultaneously delivered financial savings and improved patient experience – creating value for taxpayers and patients alike. Quantitative evidence of improved value should be supplied.
- A commitment to medicines optimisation that goes far beyond the pharmacy team, and which is embedded in practice throughout a department or – preferably – an organisation
- Full patient engagement in any changes
- Demonstrable commitment to talking to patients about their medication, and to understanding patients’ experiences of taking a particular medication