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Medicines optimisation team finalists at Patient Safety Awards 2019

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The Arden & GEM medicines optimisation team has been successfully shortlisted for a Patient Safety Award in the 'Improving Safety in Medicines Management Initiative' category. The Patient Safety Awards recognise, reward and thank hardworking teams and individuals for their commitment to improving safety, culture and experience in patient care.

The shortlisting is in acknowledgement of a highly effective medicines optimisation project, run in partnership with and on behalf of NHS Norwich CCG, to improve patient safety in care homes through a medication review service.

As older people are being encouraged to stay in their own homes for longer, people entering care homes are generally frailer, more likely to be affected by multiple health problems and are often being treated with polypharmacy and hyperpolypharmacy. It is essential that the medicines being administered are regularly reviewed to ensure they remain safe and effective. The NICE ‘Medicines management in care homes’ quality standard suggests that this should take place annually, as a minimum, and be conducted by a multidisciplinary team.

In order to ensure that care home residents throughout Norwich were receiving annual multidisciplinary medication reviews, Norwich CCG approached Arden & GEM’s medicines optimisation team to support their locally commissioned service (LCS) for care homes. By working in partnership, we have designed and delivered a consistent and effective care home medication review service, run by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with a range of experience and expertise across both primary and secondary care.

Over the past four years, the service has improved quality, increased the appropriateness of medicines, reduced polypharmacy and had a direct impact on patient safety.

The Patient Safety Awards winners will be announced at a ceremony on 2 July at Manchester Central, as part of the Patient Safety Congress.

Read more about the project to improve safety in Norwich care homes here.