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AHSN NENC Medicines Optimisation Programme – Now and for the future

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Durham County Cricket Club

Emirates Riverside

Chester le Street

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The AHSN NENC Medicines Optimisation (MO) Programme is a collaborative vehicle directed by a steering group that incorporates members including Patients, Academia, Industry, Pharmacy, North of England Commissioning Support (NECS), Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and General Practice (GPs).

The NHS cannot afford not to optimise the use of medicines. Using a person centred approach the MO programme seeks to find opportunities to improve medicine usage and improve health outcomes. To date the MO programme has approached their work through directed MO projects and by collaboration with the other AHSN programmes and specialist groups.

The following ‘facts’ that have been central to our current projects illustrate just a few reasons why optimisation of medicines is key to the future of the NHS and local economy.

  • It has been estimated that between 30 and 50% of the 15 million patients with a long term condition do not take their medicines as intended. The number of people who are expected to have more than one long term condition is expected to rise to 2.9 million by 2018.
  • The number of prescribed items per year per person in England increased from 13 in 2003 to 19 in 2013.
  • Currently in the NENC region there are nearly 600,000 people over the age of 65 of which 10% are classed as frail rising to 25% at the age of 85 and nearly 50,000 of these people receive supported care. This number is set to rise.

Come along to learn more and contribute on the following topics:

  • Explore working with STPs
  • Insight into the potential of polypharmacy metrics
  • Raising awareness of AHSN MO activity both nationally and locally
  • Reflect on the progress of clinical handover
  • A Person Centred Approach to Medicines Adherence

For further information please contact sarah.black@ahsn-nenc.org.uk

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