08 / 9 / 2014 2pm
There is a clear need for more joint working between hospital colleagues and community pharmacy to get patients' medicines right when they transfer between care providers and to help them get the maximum value from their medicines.
The New Medicine Service and targeted Medicines Use Reviews were introduced on 1 October 2011 and aim to enhance patients' understanding of and adherence to their medicines. It is important that hospital clinicians now increase their understanding of the NMS and MURs so they can refer patients into these services where appropriate.
To support greater working between the professions, NHS Employers and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) have published the following documents:
To build upon this work NHS Employers also produced a short film about medicines reconciliation to highlight the role each sector plays, particularly hospital pharmacy. The film goes through the medicines pathway from a patient's point of view, demonstrating that both hospital and community pharmacists can work together to improve patients' understanding of their medicines.