Medicines Optimisation projects involve collaborative work with patients, all pharmacy specialists and other health and social care professionals to ensure prescribing is high quality, safe and good value.
Getting the best outcomes for patients, and for the NHS from treatment is becoming increasingly important as our ageing population means more people have complex co-occurring diseases, known as multi-morbidities. For example, a person could have diabetes and heart disease and high blood pressure.
Some of the difficulties experienced by patients include managing multiple medications. The NHS spends £17.4 billion a year on medicines but up to half of medicines prescribed for long-term conditions are not taken as intended, and around 5 to 8% of hospital admissions are medicines-related. Many of these are preventable.