Our specialists offer both a strategic and operational medicines management service to ensure the use of medicines is optimised throughout the NHS. Our work with local, regional and national organisations enables our clients to get best value for money and comply with latest policy guidance, while patients get the most from their medicines.
We deliver a broad range of medicines management and optimisation services spanning primary care, secondary care, local authorities, care homes and regional NHS England programmes of work.
With in-house experts in primary care, secondary care, academic and community pharmacy, as well as project management expertise, our team encompasses a broad skill mix to ensure that your needs are supported now and in the future.
Our varied customer base means we understand the issues and challenges faced within Medicines Optimisation across healthcare economies and we are ideally placed to support CCGs as additional medicines responsibilities are transferred to them from regional and national organisations.
We support a wide range of customers, including the West Midlands NHS England (NHSE) Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer, NHSE specialised services, CCGs, Local Authorities, Community Health Trusts and local health science networks.
“By using the HARMs audit as part of the prescribing incentive scheme, the CCG has raised awareness of the role of safer prescribing and polypharmacy in reducing hospital admissions.”
Dr Lambert, Assistant Clinical Chair, NHS South Warwickshire CCG
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On Monday 4 November, Arden & GEM’s clinical support team began delivering a medicines support service in Norfolk for patients needing additional support with medication compliance.
To support South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in the delivery of its prescribing and medicines optimisation QIPP scheme savings, Arden & GEM proposed a plan to review potential areas for prescribing switches, identify patients and implement the change.
NHS Arden & GEM CSU and NHS Norwich CCG have been successful at this year’s Patient Safety Awards in the 'Improving Safety in Medicines Management Initiative' category.
Arden & GEM’s Medicines Optimisation team is delighted to have an article included in the latest issue of the Journal of Medicines Optimisation (Volume 5, Issue 1).
When NHS South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) identified an 11% overspend on prescribing budget in one of their GP practices, the Arden & GEM medicines optimisation team was tasked with investigating the potential causes and producing a report for the CCG.
With Self-Care Week taking place across the NHS from 12 – 18 November, Arden & GEM has devised a ‘Self-Care Tooklit’ to support GPs in South Warwickshire to promote better self-care with their patients.
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 for care homes. The team designed a care home medication review programme which has been successfully running for four years.
The NHS Arden & GEM CSU Medicines Optimisation team has been working in partnership with Warwickshire County Council to deliver a series of training workshops to staff working in care homes.
NHS Arden & GEM Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) has been appointed to provide clinical support services on behalf of five Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across Norfolk and Waveney. The contract will start on 1 April 2018.
NHS Lincolnshire West CCG approached NHS Arden & GEM Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) to create a GP prescribing dashboard which would help the CCG and individual GP practices track spend on medicines.
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