Medicines and prescribing

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Overview

In order to commission the best healthcare for the population of Bristol we need to make sure that patients have access to the best medicines available, and ensure that these are used in the most appropriate way.

Medicines play a crucial role in maintaining health, preventing illness, managing long-term conditions, and curing disease. When used incorrectly, they can also cause significant harm.

The NHS in England spends £13bn per year on medicines. This is the second largest area of expenditure after staff costs. This money, which could be spent on other types of patient care, has to be invested wisely.

The NHS faces unprecedented change in terms of patients living longer with long-term, sometimes complex conditions; increasing demands on NHS funding, and the wider economic situation.

 With this in mind, consider also that:

 Up to 50% of patients do not take their medicines as intended.

  • Between five and eight per-cent of all unplanned hospital admissions are due to medication issues.
  • In primary care it is estimated at least £300m is spent each year on medicines that go to waste.
  • According to medication safety data, the NHS could do much better at reporting and preventing avoidable harm from medicines.
  • Resistance to antibiotics presents a very real and significant threat to modern healthcare.

(from NHS England)

Medicines optimisation - a key priority

Prescribing advice and guidance 

The Clinical Commissioning Groups and Hospital Trusts in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) produce local guidance for prescribers to complement what is available nationally. Local prescribing guidance can be accessed on the BNSSG Joint Formulary Website.

The BNSSG Joint Formulary was created in the spirit of co-operative collaboration between different NHS orgnsations across BNSSG and has been designed as an advice and guidance tool to assist in promoting safe, effective and sustainable prescribing. It is a joint venture between primary and secondary care, covering all prescribing within the BNSSG Health community. This therefore ensures that patients have continuity in their treatment when they move between different healthcare settings.

BNSSG Joint Formulary

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

Judy will direct you to the most appropriate member of the medicines management team.