Prescribing Update Newsletter – March 2024

Prescribing support newsletters aim to inform readers of work done by the unit and work in progress, to help tailor local work plans and highlight any ‘topical’ issues in prescribing or medicines management.

If you have any suggestions for future topics for the newsletter, then please contact nuth.nyrdtc.rxsupp@nhs.net

This month’s edition focuses on recent RDTC publications and the dates of our upcoming demo and Q&A sessions on RDTC reports, publications, and resources.

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Prescribing Update Newsletter – February 2024

Prescribing support newsletters aim to inform readers of work done by the unit and work in progress, to help tailor local work plans and highlight any ‘topical’ issues in prescribing or medicines management.

If you have any suggestions for future topics for the newsletter, then please contact nuth.nyrdtc.rxsupp@nhs.net

This month’s edition focuses on the added features and updates to the RDTC Medicines Optimisation Opportunities Dashboard, and the updated version of the Inhaler Carbon Impact Assessment Tool. It also includes information on some key medicines availability issues, the dates of our upcoming demo and Q&A sessions on RDTC reports, publications, and resources, and another in the series of “Meet the Team” where you can get to know the people behind the work we do.

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RDTC reports, publications, resources demo and Q&A sessions

The RDTC are offering a series of sessions for NHS colleagues to attend a relaxed demo of RDTC resources. We’ll bring a few of the RDTC team; analysts, scientists and pharmacists, you’re welcome to bring a cuppa.

Sessions will be delivered by Microsoft Teams on Tuesday mornings, including time for you to ask questions. The available sessions are:

DateTimeTopics coveredAvailability
12th March11:30am-12:30pmRespiratory and sustainabilityLimited space available
21st May11:30am-12:30pmDiabetes, including managed entry of medicinesSpace available
16th JulyTBCMedicines safety and population health managementCollecting expressions of interest
30th January10am – 11amMedicines value and financial reports FULL
30th January11:30am – 12:30pmMedicines value and financial reportsFULL
30th January2pm-3pmMedicines value and financial reportsLimited space available
12th March10am – 11amRespiratory and sustainabilityFULL
21st May10am – 11amDiabetes, including managed entry of medicinesFULL
16th July10am – 11amMedicines safety and population health managementFULL
16th July11:30am – 12:30pmMedicines safety and population health managementFULL

To book your place and receive an MS Teams link, please email: nuth.nyrdtc.rxsupp@nhs.net with the details of the session(s) you would like to attend.

We have a waiting list for sessions which are full, so if you find you are unable to attend a session for any reason please do let us know. To add your name to the waiting list, please email us and let us know your desired session and time slot.

If you are unable to attend on the dates/times available but would like to, please email to discuss alternative options.

Prescribing Update Newsletter – December 2023

Prescribing support newsletters aim to inform readers of work done by the unit and work in progress, to help tailor local work plans and highlight any ‘topical’ issues in prescribing or medicines management.

If you have any suggestions for future topics for the newsletter, then please contact nuth.nyrdtc.rxsupp@nhs.net

This month’s edition focuses on our new NHS Medicines Optimisation Opportunities Dashboard, and our Strategic Insight publication: Defining the type-2 diabetic population: a first step to understanding the impact of pathway choices. There is also information on serious shortage protocols, some key medicines availability issues, and the dates of our upcoming demo and Q&A sessions on RDTC reports, publications, and resources.  It also includes another in the series of “Meet the Team” where you can get to know the people behind the work we do.

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NHS Medicines Optimisation Opportunities Dashboard 2023-24

At the end of July 2023 NHSE published guidance titled “National medicines optimisation opportunities 2023/24”. This guidance describes the 16 national medicines optimisation opportunities for the NHS in 2023/24, and signposts to resources to help with their implementation. It recommends Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) choose at least five medicines optimisation opportunities to focus and deliver on alongside their local medicines optimisation priorities. Progress against chosen opportunities will be reviewed using available data.

The RDTC has developed a Northern regions dashboard to highlight the current position of the ICBs across the North of England in relation to these 16 priorities. It will incorporate the metrics that are being developed nationally, but also include metrics which are designed to support medicines optimisation opportunities across the North.

Metrics within this dashboard continue to be developed and updates will be communicated out to stakeholders as they happen. We do not at this time intend to include sub ICB level data.

Stakeholders can find the dashboard at this link.

RDTC at Clinical Pharmacy Congress North

We’re pleased to confirm that RDTC will be at the inaugural CPC North this November!

The event takes place in Manchester on November 3rd and 4th. More details are available on the Pharmacy Congress website, and registration is still open.

You can find us at stand A23, where we’ll be ready to chat about our work and what we can do for you. We’ll have examples of recent work to show how we can support your medicines optimisation and strategic activities, together with what we have planned for the upcoming year.

Monica Mason, Head of Prescribing Support at the RDTC, will be joining the Chairs of GMMMG Professor Charlotte Skitterall and Claire Vaughan at 9:30am on Friday morning in the Clinical Theatre in a session titled “Optimisation of medicines opportunities in Greater Manchester”. Find full details on the CPC North Programme.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Prescribing Update Newsletter – September 2023

Prescribing support newsletters aim to inform readers of work done by the unit and work in progress, to help tailor local work plans and highlight any ‘topical’ issues in prescribing or medicines management.

If you have any suggestions for future topics for the newsletter, then please contact nuth.nyrdtc.rxsupp@nhs.net

This month’s edition focuses on our Medicine Value bulletins, the environmental impact of inhaler disposal, and the recent National Patient Safety Alert on the shortage of ADHD medications. It also includes another in the series of “Meet the Team” where you can get to know the people behind the work we do. There is also information on serious shortage protocols, some key medicines availability issues, UK product launches, and the RDTC attendance at the forthcoming Clinical Pharmacy Congress (CPC) in November.

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ADHD medication shortages

There are supply disruptions affecting various strengths of medicines licensed for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This has been caused by a combination of manufacturing issues and an increased global demand.

Affected brands and strengths are listed on the Central Alerting System, however it should be noted that remaining products cannot support an excessive increase in demand.

Prescribers may wish to utilise our recent Medicines Value Bulletin regarding methylphenidate XL tablets to find pharmacologically suitable alternatives if the regular medication is not available at this time.


July 2023 Newsletter

Prescribing support newsletters aim to inform readers of work done by the unit and work in progress, to help tailor local work plans and highlight any ‘topical’ issues in prescribing or medicines management.

If you have any suggestions for future topics for the newsletter, then please contact nuth.nyrdtc.rxsupp@nhs.net

This month’s edition focuses on the budget impact of methylphenidate modified release tablet choice, the effect of price concessions on prescribing budgets, and changes to the shingles vaccination programme. It also includes another in the series of “Meet the Team” where you can get to know the people behind the work we do. There is also information on serious shortage protocols, some key medicines availability, new and updated NICE guidance, and UK product launches.

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Security warnings in Excel files

Following a recent change Microsoft has introduced new security measures to protect users against malicious Excel macros. Previously users may have seen the following message when opening RDTC Excel reports and by selecting Enable Content would allow users to use the spreadsheet with full functionality.

Following the recent change some users may receive the following message when opening our reports:

Many of our reports use macros to update when the viewing options are changed to select the appropriate ICB or sub-ICB. Stakeholders can address the security message by following the instructions by clicking on the Learn More option when the message appears. These options are summarised below, and a downloadable copy is available here.

Unblock all files from a specific network share or website

A preferable option is to set a network location or website as a trusted site in Windows so a macro from the site won’t be checked (this may require assistance from local IT services as Trusted sites may be blocked).

  1. Tap the start button or Windows key and type Internet Options.
  2. Select Internet Options from the search results and the Internet Properties dialog box will appear.
  3. On the Security tab, select Trusted Sites, then select Sites.
  4. Type the URL of the site or server that contains the Microsoft 365 files with the macros you want to run, and then select Add.
  5. Select Close and then OK.

Unblock a single file

  1. After downloading the file, open the Windows File Explorer and go to the folder where you saved the file.
  2. Right-click the file and choose Properties from the context menu.
  3. At the bottom of the General tab, select the Unblock checkbox and select OK.

A downloadable version of these instructions is available here. If you have any questions or have difficulties in opening reports, please email us on nuth.nyrdtc.rxsupp@nhs.net.