Transfer of prescribing from private provider to NHS GP – RDTC of prescribing from private provider to NHS GP – RDTC

Medicines in Practice is a series of evidence–based publications specifically designed to support stakeholder medicines optimisation services.

This publication aims to provide guidance on what NHS prescribers need to be aware of when they are asked by a private healthcare provider, and/or patient, to take on the regular prescribing of a medication for a patient, including medicines supplied under formal shared care agreements. Based on suggested best practice it discusses the principles which underpin the transfer of patients from private to NHS provision and highlights Shared Care specific, and ethical considerations.

Medicines in Practice: Considerations for Sustainable Inhaler Prescribing

Medicines in Practice is a series of evidence–based publications specifically designed to support stakeholder medicines optimisation services.

Inhalers account for approximately 3% of all NHS carbon emissions. Reducing the carbon impact from inhaler prescribing has been identified as a significant area of focus for delivering a net zero NHS. This document aims to outline strategies that can be considered to promote optimal respiratory care, while minimising the environmental impact from inhalers and consequences of suboptimal disease management.

Prescribing for Population Health: Problematic Polypharmacy: Prescribing Cascades Evidence Evaluation

Prescribing for Population Health (PPH) is an ongoing series that aims to support ICSs to improve the health of the populations they serve.

Problematic polypharmacy is a significant concern with overprescribing and occurs where the prescribing of multiple medicines is either inappropriate or where the intended benefit of the medication is not realised.

The publication aims to raise awareness of potential prescribing cascades and to highlight resources, tools, and strategies to help identify, prevent, and resolve inappropriate cascades.

New publication type: Strategic Insights

The RDTC has published a new Strategic Insights report on Electronic Repeat Dispensing: understanding the prescribing population & initial barriers to uptake.

Strategic Insight reports are designed to support strategic objectives and planning by Integrated Care System (ICS) leaders. Through the analysis of data and communication with key stakeholders across the ICS, interventions to be undertaken by the ICS are proposed to Integrated Care Boards or associated committees.

This report highlights the benefits of electronic repeat dispensing (eRD) and examines its use at ICS level in the North of England, in order to support systems in identifying where prescribing processes may be further streamlined.

Additional funding from NHS England regional teams has enabled this publication to be made available to non-stakeholders across the North East and Yorkshire, and North West. Further titles in this series will follow, see our work plan for more details.

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New publication type: formulary assessment tools

Our new series of monthly formulary amendments have been well received, so we’ve added another set of support documents: formulary assessment tools. These are templates to support local decision making, bringing together NICE guidance, MHRA safety advice, and other relevant high quality advice and guidelines relevant to making decisions for local formularies.

The templates are pre-populated with useful information to reduce duplication of effort, with space for the addition of local information as appropriate. The purpose of the document is to support consistent decision making by formulary groups and APCs.

The first publications in the series cover levomepromazine 6mg tablets and indapamide 1.5mg modified release tablets. This information is produced for use by NHS healthcare professionals and RDTC stakeholders.

Find all of our formulary tools at their own formulary support tools landing page.

New website launch

The RDTC are proud to share our newly updated website. The new site is streamlined to make it easier for you to see everything we produce, and find exactly what you need with a few clicks.

You can visit the site home page to find out more about all of the services hosted by the centre, or head to the Prescribing Support landing page to take a look at the new layout for our content. The new layout allows you to:

  • Click on a topic to see everything we produce in that area, from prescribing data analysis to evidence evaluation.
  • Click on “search publications” to do some finer searching, filtering outputs by topic and type to find exactly what you need.

We hope you’ll find the new layout intuitive and easy to use, but don’t hesitate to send us an email or a Twitter message if you have any problems.

You’ll need to re-register using the form at this link to download files, but the form is quick and easy.

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