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Polypharmacy: Effective Management & Stopping Medicines Safely

Monday 21 January 2019
De Vere W1 Conference Centre, London

Polypharmacy: Effective Management & Stopping Medicines Safely

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On 8th December 2018 Matt Hancock ordered a review into over-prescribing in the NHS. The review will focus on patients who take multiple medicines, to ensure patients are receiving the most appropriate treatment for their needs. Health Survey England 2016 found that nearly half of over 75-year-olds surveyed were taking 5 or more medicines, with this percentage rising the older people get.

While in the majority of cases patients will be receiving multiple drugs due to specific or complex needs, the review will look at how to ensure treatment remains up to date and appropriate so patients feel as well as possible. The review will look at how doctors and pharmacists can be supported to review prescriptions and ensure patients are receiving the most appropriate treatment for their needs. Department of Health December 2018

“Recent advances in medicine have led to fantastic developments in managing and treating certain conditions, but poorly managed prescribing can lead to serious issues for patients such as increased admissions to hospital or antibiotic resistance. As we invest an extra £20.5 billion a year into our NHS we want to empower doctors and pharmacists to use the data available to ensure patients get the medicines they need and stop taking those that no longer benefit them.” Matt Hancock Health and Social Care Secretary, 8th December 2018

Chaired by Ash Soni OBE, President, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, this national CPD conference focuses on polypharmacy: effective management and stopping medicines safely in line with the new Royal Pharmaceutical Society Polypharmacy Guidance.

This conference will enable you to:

• Network with colleagues who are working to improve the management of polypharmacy
• Learn from outstanding practice in stopping medicines safely
• Understand the prescribers role in preventing polypharmacy
• Reflect on national developments and learning including the 2018 RPS Guidance
• Improve the way medication review is managed in your service
• Develop your skills in identifying patients with multiple medicines and preventing overdiagnosis
• Understand how you can improve prescribing in frail older people with comorbidities
• Identify key strategies for deprescribing
• Ensure you are up to date with the latest evidence
• Self assess and reflect on your own practice
• Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

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