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Medicines Optimisation: Ensuring the safe and effective use of medicines

Monday 21 September 2015
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Medicines Optimisation: Ensuring the safe and effective use of medicines

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A new NICE guideline on medicines optimisation, ensuring the safe and effective use of medicines was released on the 4th March 2015. 

“Around 15 million people in England currently have a long-term condition, a figure that is likely to grow due to an ageing population. As more people are living longer, the proportion with several long-term conditions is likely to increase too. While many long-term conditions are treated or managed with medicines, estimates suggest that between 30 and 50 per cent of medicines prescribed are not taken as intended. In addition, between 30 and 70 per cent of patients have an error or unintentional change to their medicines when they move from one care setting to another. Ensuring medicines are used safety is another continual challenge, since up to 8 per cent of unplanned admissions to hospital are due to medication issues. NICE guidance on medicines optimisation recommends that organisations should consider using a range of methods to identify patient safety incidents related to medicines use.” NICE 4 March 2015

This conference focuses on implementing the key recommendations from the new NICE Guideline including putting the principles of medicines optimisation into practice, involving people in decision making about medicines, sharing information to avoid errors (including implementing the Patient safety alert on risks arising from breakdown and failure to act on communication during handover at the time of discharge from secondary care), medicines reconciliation, medication review and measuring and monitoring medicines adherence. 

Also of interset: 

Non-Medical Prescribing for Pain
Tuesday 22 September 2015 
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Tuesday 6 October 2015 
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