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Medicines Management

Use this guide to find information resources about medicines management including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 08/02/2024

Key Resources

Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Royal College of Nursing (2019) Professional guidance on the administration of medicines in healthcare settings. RPS: London.
Nursing and Midwifery Council (2023) Standards for prescribers
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.
Welsh Medicines Advice Service
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Publication cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) Medicines management: an overview for nursing. London: RCN.
RCN Clinical topic: Medicines management
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.
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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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 Blaber A, Morris H and Gorman J (2020) Independent prescribing for district nurses. Bridgwater: Class Publishing.
Book Cover Boyd C (2022) Medicine management skills for nurses. 2nd edn. Chichester: 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 Gould J and Bain H (2022) Principles and practice of nurse prescribing. 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 Starkings S (2021) Passing calculations tests in nursing: 5th edn. London: Learning Matters.
Book Cover Nuttall D and Rutt-Howard J (editors) (2019) Textbook of non-medical prescribing. 3rd edn. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

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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
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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 - 08/02/2024