What is Medicines Management?
Medicines Management is the term used to describe the system of processes and behaviours which determines how medicines are used by patients and the NHS. In short, medicines management is about helping patients to get the best from their medicines.
Good medicines management means that patients receive better, safer and more convenient care.
Effective medicines management involves a range of professionals and disciplines and has the patient as the primary focus. It also frees up resources which means that NHS money can be used to provide other services.
The list below gives you some examples of the types of things which comes under 'medicines management' - there are many more.
- Supporting healthcare professionals and patients to make best use of medicines
- Giving healthcare professionals and patients unbiased information on new and existing drugs
- Helping to avoid harm caused by medicines side effects through medicaiton review
- Developing local guidelines for managing medical conditions
- Developing repeat prescribing and dispensing of medicines
- Giving advice on how to store and dispose of medicines safely
- Providing training to patients and healthcare professionals on medicines