Ensuring Appropriate Polypharmacy
PrescQIPP are an NHS funded not-for-profit organisation that supports quality, optimised prescribing for patients. They have recently published guidance on ensuring appropriate polypharmacy and deprescribing, to improve medicines use and outcomes for patients, reduce waste and non-adherence. NHS Sheffield CCG will be looking at these guidance documents over the coming months and community pharmacists and their teams could have a role to play in supporting improvements in prescribing for patients on multiple medicines (polypharmacy), particularly older people. Please see guidance documents published by PrescQIPP for your ready reference. CPS will continue to work with the CCG over the coming months to identify opportunities for community pharmacies to support the CCG with this important work, if you have any ideas or have been working on anything locally with your own GP practice(s) that is working well and addresses appropriate polypharmacy then please get in touch.