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Medicines optimisation

The medicines optimisation programme aims to help patients get the maximum benefit from their medicines and reduce waste.

Each area of work in this programme intends to make medicines optimisation part of routine practice, ensure medicines use is as safe as possible and understand the patients’ experience.

We are focussing on a number of key areas to improve support for patients to get the best from their medicines:

  • transfers of care between hospital and local pharmacists
  • management of appropriate polypharmacy
  • medicines safety

Click on the images below to find out more about each area of work.

The West of England AHSN is working in collaboration with NHS England and Wessex AHSN who are leading on the national medicines optimisation programme, to develop, share and spread good practice.

We are advised and supported by our Medicines Optimisation Steering Group, which is made up of representatives from acute trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, community providers and university academics.

For more information on medicines optimisation see NHS England and the Medicines Optimisation dashboard.