Communications and medicines resources

The NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (GH CCG) and NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (NK CCG) have a joint Medicines Management Team that work closely with GP practices and local health providers to ensure consistency and effectiveness in prescribing practices. The team consists of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and a dietitian who, combined, have a wealth of experience in Community Pharmacy, Primary Care and Secondary Care.

This website provides local and national advice on medicines information, policies and decisions for NK CCG. These resources can be used to support safe, clinically-effective and cost-effective prescribing decisions to help optimise the health of our local populations

This page contains local contacts for the Medicines Management Team and links to trusted websites useful in the world of Medicines Management.

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NICE DMARDS

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Your Medicines Management Team

Lindsay Greenhalgh – Head of Medicines Management – 01484 464061

For contact details for the Pharmacist or Pharmacy Technician allocated to your GP surgery please email nkccg.medicines@nhs.net

 

Medication Safety

There are many initiatives locally and nationally that aim to improve medication safety and there is a wealth of information and tools available to help practitioners.

The recording of patient safety incidents is important for learning. Please see here for more information: https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/learning-from-patient-safety-incidents/

To access the NRLS GP Patient Safety Incident report form please click here.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the medicines watchdog for the UK. Side effects, adverse drug reactions or faulty medicines can be reported here.

To report counterfeit medicines, please click here

Medicines supply shortages

Up to date information about medicines supply shortages can be found under the following links:-

http://psnc.org.uk/dispensing-supply/supply-chain/branded-shortages/ for branded product shortages

http://psnc.org.uk/dispensing-supply/supply-chain/generic-shortages/ for generic product shortages

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Useful websites

The South West Yorkshire Area Prescribing Committee – http://www.swyapc.org/
British National formulary (BNF) – www.bnf.org
NHS Evidence – www.evidence.nhs.uk/downloads.aspx
Patient UK – http://patient.info/
RDTC Teratology Service – http://rdtc.nhs.uk/services/teratology
The Regional Drug and Therapeutics Centre – http://rdtc.nhs.uk/
The electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) – www.medicines.org.uk
MHRA Drug Safety Updates – www.mhra.gov.uk/Publications/Safetyguidance/DrugSafetyUpdate
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) – www.nice.org.uk
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) – www.sign.ac.uk
The NHS website – www.nhs.uk
The NHS website – Behind the Headlines – www.nhs.uk/News/Pages/NewsIndex.aspx
Drug Tariff, NHS Prescription Services – www.ppa.org.uk/ppa/edt_intro.htm
NHS Business Services Authority – www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/prescriptions
Rareshare (for patients, families and healthcare professionals affected by rare disorders – www.rareshare.org
Lab Tests Online (information for patients on clinical lab tests) – www.labtestonline.org.uk
LifeCheck (a free interactive tool for patients that generates an individual health profile) – www.nhs.uk/LifeCheck/Pages/Start.aspx

Medication Safety Resources

There are many initiatives nationally and locally that aim to improve medication safety and a wealth of information and tools available to help practitioners.

Below are some links to tools provided by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) on medication safety topics that we have worked on in NHS North Kirklees.

Warfarin

http://www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/?entryid45=59814&q=0%c2%acwarfarin%c2%ac

Methotrexate

http://www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/?entryid45=59800&q=0%c2%acmethotrexate%c2%ac

Lithium

http://www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/?entryid45=65426&q=0%c2%aclithium%c2%ac