Joint working between hospital colleagues and community pharmacy can help to ensure that change to patients' medicines are taken into account when they transfer between care providers, helping them to get the maximum value from their medicines.
The New Medicine Service (NMS) and targeted Medicines Use Reviews (MURs) aim to enhance patients' understanding of and adherence to their medicines. It is important that hospital clinicians are aware of these services so they can refer patients 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.