Medicines Optimisation

Medicines play an important role in helping us to manage our wellbeing by preventing ill health and managing disease.

Our Medicines Optimisation team look at the value medicines deliver, ensuring they are effective both clinically and financially.

Their focus is: right medicine, right time.

Did you know?

  • One quarter of the population has a long-term condition
  • One quarter of people over 60 have two or more long-term conditions
  • With an ageing population, the use of multiple medicines (known as polypharmacy) is increasing
  • Between 30-50% of medicines prescribed for long-term conditions are not taken as intended

Taken from: NICE: Medicines Optimisation Quality Standard.

The team supports clinicians, hospitals, pharmacies, care homes and the wider community with a goal to improve patient outcomes and medicine safety.

As part of their work, the Medicines Optimisation team offer information surrounding the responsible and appropriate use of medicines and also how to dispose of them safely to reduce wastage.

This useful graphic helps to explain how it works:

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You can contact the team on 01772 214302, Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Learn more about Medicines Optimisation by visiting NHS England: Medicines Optimisation.

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View our  folder Medicines Optimisation documents.