Prescribing Update Newsletter – June 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 new medicines for Alzheimer’s disease and our forthcoming evaluation report looking at the potential impact to the North of England, and our recent Medicines Value Update on Metformin 1 g Instant Release Tablets. 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 and any questions you might have.

Sessions will be delivered by Microsoft Teams and will last around an hour, including time for you to ask questions. The available sessions are:

DateTimeTopics covered
16th July10am – 11amMedicines safety and population health management
16th July11:30am – 12:30pmMedicines safety and population health management
18th July10am – 11amAn Introduction to RDTC reports for staff who are brand new to using them
18th July1pm-2pmAn introduction to RDTC publications and resources to support the managed entry of medicines
24th September10am – 11amIdentifying variation across an ICB
Novemberdate & time TBCSharing best practice

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.

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

Prescribing Update Newsletter – May 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 – April 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 latest of our Strategic Insights publications “Social Prescribing: Evidence and Outcomes”, and our Medicines in Practice publication “Optimised prescribing of oral iron supplements for iron deficiency anaemia”. 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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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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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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