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North school of pharmacy and medicines optimisation

We are responsible for ensuring the delivery of professional and vocational training. Supporting the workforce in understanding the safe handling of medicines and how we can ensure good medicines optimisation skills are spread across health and social care, is a key priority.

Medicines optimisation

Medicines optimisation is about helping people to get the best outcomes from their medicines. It describes systems and processes used by staff, working in health and social care, which ensure that people receive the best possible care with medicines.

The new school of pharmacy and medicines optimisation has been developed as part of the wider schools’ structure within north region. This is a multi-disciplinary school, developed to respond to the need for education and training about medicines for a wide range of staff. The school comprises a small team, led by Professor Christopher Cutts, Pharmacy Dean.

The school programmes support The Five Year Forward View, which requires the NHS to transform and meet a series of challenges to improve the delivery of and outcomes for patients from NHS services. The pharmacy workforce has a role alongside other health care professionals in meeting these challenges.

The school will work with colleagues both locally and nationally to address the workforce challenges and support people to achieve better outcomes and use of medicines. NHS England are working with us on some key projects under the overarching themes of the Medicines Value Programme, the Pharmacy Integration Fund and the Pharmacy Reform Programme.

This new school will develop medicines optimisation skills within pharmacy and the wider workforce who prescribe, dispense or administer medicines. It aims to equip both the current and future workforce with the right knowledge, skills, values and behaviours to ensure support for patients and carers in all care settings, in line with HEE’s mandate. The Strategic Plan 2018-21 contains further details.

To find out more about the school sign up for the newsletter by emailing medicinesoptimisation.north@hee.nhs.uk