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Medicines Optimisation

Good medicines management, or medicines optimisation, 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: 13/07/2017

Key Resources

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2015) Medicines optimisation: the safe and effective use of medicines to enable the best possible outcomes: NICE guideline NG5, London: NICE.
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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2016) Medicines optimisation: quality standard QS120, London: NICE.  
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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2014) Managing medicines in care homes: social care guideline SC1, London: NICE.  
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Northern Ireland Department of Health (2015) Medicines optimisation quality framework, Belfast: DH. 
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Nursing and Midwifery Council (2007) Standards for medicines management, London: NMC. 
Nursing and Midwifery Council (2006) Standards of proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers, London: NMC. 
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 Model of Care Polypharmacy Working Group. Polypharmacy Guidance (2nd edition). March 2015. 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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Royal Pharmaceutical Society (2016) 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. 
Royal Pharmaceutical Society (2007) The handling of medicines in social care, London: RPS. 
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.

Books

Beckwith Oxford handbook Beckwith S and Franklin P (2011) Oxford handbook of prescribing for nurses and allied health professionals (2nd edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Boyd Student survival Boyd C (2013) Student survival skills: medicine management skills for nurses, Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.
Davidson Numeracy Davidson N (2014) Numeracy and clinical calculations for nurses, Newton Abbot: Reflect Press.
Gatford Nursing calculations Gatford J and Phillips N (2016) Nursing calculations, Edinburgh: Elsevier.
Harris Nurses Harris N and Shearer D (2013) Nurses! Test yourself in non-medical prescribing, Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
Lapham Drug Calculations Lapham R (2015) Drug calculations for nurses: a step by step approach, London: CRC Press.
Nuttall Textbook Nuttall D and Rutt-Howard J (editors) (2015) Textbook of non-medical prescribing, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Waterfield Fundamental aspects Waterfield J and Rivers P (2012) Fundamental aspects of medicines, London: Quay Books.

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Journals

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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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Lisa Gardner

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