What is 'medicines optimisation'?

Medicines optimisation is about making sure that any medication prescribed is the right choice for the individual patient and helps them to get the most benefit from taking their medicine.

As the population ages and life expectancy increases, more people are living with several long-term conditions that are being managed with an increasing number of medicines that need to be managed safely.

Why do we include medicines optimisation in the Salford Standard?

Medication safety is very important. A report by the Department of Health found that 5% to 8% of unplanned hospital admissions are because of problems with their medication. We need to make sure you are given the most suitable medications for your health condition with the least chance of getting preventable medicines-related problems, such as side effects.

There are two standards within the Medicines Optimisation domain. The aim is to reduce the variation between practices so, no matter which GP practice you go to in Salford, you know your GP is doing things in the best way. To read more about what standards you should expect for medication optimisation, please select from the menu on the left.

What you should expect from your GP practice:

  • The practice applies the principles of the PINCER intervention to reduce the number of medicines-related patient safety incidents 
  • If you are in hospital and need to take medication, it is prescribed by the hospital. When it is time for you to continue to go home, if you still need to continue with your medictation, the prescribing and the drug monitoring is taken over by primary care
  • Your GP practice will monitor the listed drugs as specified in the Salford Standard produced by the CCG's Medicines Optimisation team.
  • They make sure antimicrobial stewardship is in place and reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing
  • They make sure their list of medial and non-medial prescribers is accurate by checking twice a year and making any amendments

Last reviewed March 2018.