Medicines and prescribing

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Commissioned services

A number of specific medicines related services are commissioned locally to benefit patients and healthcare professionals. These aim to provide additional benefits that make prescribing and medicines use safer, more effective, and more financially sustainable.

Services we commission from our member practices

The core services that NHS England commission from GPs cover most elements of medical primary care. Bristol CCG also commissions other primary care services (PCS) where these allow patients to be treated closer to home, without travelling to hospitals, where this can be achieved safely and effectively.

PCS01 Safe and effective management of anticoagulation therapy 

This service is commissioned to ensure that patients being treated with a vitamin K antagonist such as warfarin get care that is safe and effective.

PCS01 specification (PDF)

PCS02 Initiation of parenteral therapies in type 2 diabetes mellitus

This service is commissioned to improve outcomes for patients with diabetes by enabling practices to intensify their treatment by commencing injectable treatments such as insulin without patients being referred to a hospital clinician.

PCS02 specification (PDF)

PCS03 Safe and effective monitoring of DMARD therapy 

This service is commissioned to ensure that patients being treated with rheumatology drugs that have significant monitoring requirements get care that is safe and effective.

PCS03 specification (PDF)

PCS06 Prescribing Quality & Productivity Scheme

This service aims to improve the safety, effectiveness and sustainability of prescribing locally by remunerating our practices for the time that their staff spend working with the CCG on Quality Improvement and Medicines Optimisation work.

PCS06 specification (PDF)

Services we commission from community pharmacies

The core services that NHS England commission from pharmacy contractors cover most elements of pharmaceutical care. Bristol CCG also commissions other services where these allow patients to be treated closer to home, without travelling to other care providers, where this can be achieved safely and effectively.

Emergency Supply Service 

This service is commissioned to improve patient experience when an emergency supply of a prescription-only medicine is required, ensuring prompt access and continuity of supply, and to reduce pressure on urgent care services by delegating emergency medication supplies to pharmacists where possible.

Directly Observed Therapy Service for Tuberculosis Treatment in Community Pharmacy

This service is commissioned to ensure that patients prescribed antimicrobial therapy for the treatment of tuberculosis (TB) can have their treatment supervised by a healthcare professional when this is appropriate.

Community Pharmacy Services Specification (PDF)

Services we commission from other providers

Home Oxygen Service

Home oxygen services are commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The service provider in the South West of England is Air Liquide. Healthcare professionals can contact them on 0808 2022 299 or alhomecare.hcpsupport@nhs.net

Home Oxygen Order Forms (HOOF) are available via the Air Liquide web portal.

Air Liquide web portal

Patients requiring ambulatory oxygen should be referred to the Home Oxygen Assessment and Review Service

Home Oxygen Assessment and Review Service

Bristol CCG commissions Bristol Community Health to assess and review patients being treated with home oxygen therapy in Bristol

Bristol Community Health Community Respiratory Service for assessment via COPD.referral@nhs.net or 0117 961 7159.

BCH Community Respiratory Service

Medicines Optimisation Pharmacists

We employ pharmacists or commission other employers to provide pharmacists to work with staff in our member practices to support them with their work on Quality Improvement and Medicines Optimisation

Prescribing Decision Support Software

This software supports safe, evidence-based and financially sustainable prescribing in Bristol by supporting prescribing decisions with intelligent use of IT. The software generates pop-up messages at the point of prescribing with information and suggested alternative prescriptions, and includes information about cost-savings.

OptimiseRx

Contact us

If you would like to get in touch with our team, please contact:

Judy Campbell, PA to Medicines Management.

Tel: 0117 900 3432
Email: Judy.campbell4@nhs.net