NPC Archive Item: Three new medicines management NPC floors now available

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Three new floors are now available on NPC in the medicines management section. These floors contain a number of learning resources including:

  • Learning objectives with NHS KSF links
  • Five minute guides
  • Recorded workshops
  • Case studies
  • Self assessment quizzes
  • Key slides

The three new topics available are:

Pharmaceutical Public Health
There is an important role for pharmacy and medicines management in delivering preventative models of public health, for example smoking cessation and weight management. An effective pharmaceutical public health policy can help to avoid or reduce problems associated with inappropriate over-use of some medicines, for example antibiotics in primary care, or antipsychotics in care homes. Identifying and addressing under-use of medicines that could improve health is another key component of pharmaceutical public health.

Medicines Management in Care Homes
Care homes fall within a range of care settings and include children’s homes, secure accommodation, respite services, palliative care and intermediate care services as well as typical residential care for adults. Ensuring that medicines management systems, policies and procedures are effective and robust is important not only for residents, but also for healthcare professionals and organisations.

Shared Care of Medicines
Medicines initiated in hospital and prescribed for potentially serious conditions often have a relatively high adverse–effect profile and require specific monitoring and dose titration. At the time of discharge, and to enable the patient to return home, the medicines may be the subject of shared care guidelines (also now referred to as effective shared care agreements, or ESCA) requesting the transfer of prescribing to a general practitioner or other primary care prescriber, while the consultant retains overall clinical responsibility for the care of the patient.

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