The NPC’s new document on personalising medicines management was launched at the 9th Annual Conference for PCT prescribing advisers this week. The purpose of the document is to provide healthcare professionals, support staff and managers with an overview of important aspects of prescribing and medicines management.
What is the background to this?
In 2002, the NPC published “Modernising medicines management: a guide to achieving benefits for patients, professionals and the NHS.” . At the time, this document set the scene for the development of medicines management services and helped stimulate a new approach to the way in which medicines are used by the NHS and patients.
Since the original edition of ‘Modernising Medicines Management’ was published, the NHS has undergone fundamental changes to the way that services are commissioned and provided, new contracts for GPs and community pharmacists now include elements of medicines management and the availability of services has increased. The original document also focussed on medicines management in primary care and on improving medicines management processes.
“Personalising medicines management” reviews progress since the first guide was published. It has been extended to include medicines management within different care sectors and updated to cover the important drivers for medicines management now. It also includes new sections on commissioning and challenges readers to consider how the focus needs to shift towards personalised services.
- The NPC has produced a new document “Personalising medicines management”
- It covers medicines management in a variety of care settings
- It promotes a more patient-focussed approach to service re-design
If you are involved in commissioning or provision of medicines management services, then read the relevant sections of this guide, consider the implications for your own practice and draw up an action plan of tasks to be completed. There is a section guide to help you navigate through the document and select the most relevant sections to your profession.