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Medicines Management

Good medicines management is an important part of most nursing and midwifery practice. It includes the administration of medicines, prescribing and supporting people to take their medicines correctly. Use this guide to find information resources related to medicines optimisation including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 02/08/2022

Key Resources

Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Royal College of Nursing (2019) Professional guidance on the administration of medicines in healthcare settings. RPS: London.
Royal College of Nursing and Royal Pharmaceutical Society (2020) Guidance on prescribing, dispensing, supplying and administration of medicines: March 2020: position statement. London: RCN.
 Royal Pharmaceutical Society (2022) Professional guidance: expanding prescribing scope of practice. London: RPS.
Publication cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) Medicines management: an overview for nursing. London: RCN.
RCN Clinical topic: Medicines management
Northern Ireland Department of Health (2015) Medicines optimisation quality framework. Belfast: DH. 
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Royal Pharmaceutical Society (2018) Professional guidance on the safe and secure handling of medicines (SSHM). London: RPS.
Royal Pharmaceutical Society (2021) A competency framework for all prescribers. London: RPS.
Royal Pharmaceutical Society (2013) Medicines optimisation helping patients to make the most of medicines. Good practice guidance for healthcare professionals in England. London: RPS. 
Scottish Executive Health Department (2006) Non medical prescribing in Scotland: guidance for nurse independent prescribers and for community practitioner nurse prescribers in Scotland. A guide for implementation. Edinburgh: Scottish Executive.
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Scottish Government Polypharmacy Model of Care Group (2018) Polypharmacy guidance, realistic prescribing (3rd ed.). Scottish Government. Scottish Government.
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Healthcare Improvement Scotland: Scottish Patient Safety Programme: Medicines 
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All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) Medicines management 
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NHS Wales (2010) Health in Wales - medicines management. 
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Department of Health and University of Leeds (2016) Administration of medicines in care homes (with nursing) for older people by care assistants. Evidence-based guidance for care home providers. London: DH.
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Book Cover Beckwith S and Franklin P (2011) Oxford handbook of prescribing for nurses and allied health professionals. 2nd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Book Cover Boyd C (2022) Medicine management skills for nurses (student survival skills). 2nd edn. Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell.
Book Cover Davidson N (2020) Numeracy and clinical calculations for nurses. 2nd edn. Banbury: Lantern.
Book Cover Deslandes P, Young S and Pitcher B (2020) Rapid medicines management for healthcare professionals. Newark: Wiley. 
Book Cover Deslands P, Pitcher B and Young S (2022) Understanding medicines management for nursing students. London: Learning Matters.
Book Cover Lapham R (2021) Drug calculations for nurses: a step-by-step approach. 5th edn. London: Routledge. 
Book Cover Rogers K and Scott W (2022) Nurses! Test yourself in essential calculation skills. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education. 
Book Cover Scholefield D and Sebti A (2021) Pharmacology case studies for nurse prescribers. Keswick: M&K Update.   
Book Cover Nuttall D and Rutt-Howard J (editors) (2019) Textbook of non-medical prescribing. 3rd edn. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Book Cover Waterfield J and Rivers P (2012) Fundamental aspects of medicines. London: Quay Books.

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Book Cover Journals of interest for medicines optimisation. Use these links to see details of availability.


RCN Clinical topic: Medicine management: medicine supply and administration
NHS England: Medicines optimisation dashboard
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Royal Pharmaceutical Society: Resources
  • A range of professional, legal, ethical and good practice guidance materials to support day to day practice, including quick reference guides and professional standards. Search this online resource library.
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SPS: Specialist Pharmacy Service
  • The NHS Specialist Pharmacy Service supports medicines optimisation across the NHS.
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Page last updated - 02/08/2022