Medicines

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme – Medicines aims to bring together improvement activity related to medicines from acute care, primary care, maternity & children’s service and mental health. This is a unique opportunity to consider the safer use of medicines from a whole system approach, focusing on the patient as they move between care settings and home.

The focus of the SPSP Medicines programme includes the following priority areas:


These priorities were identified through consultation with NHS boards and after a review of measures within the existing SPSP programmes.

2017 / 18 WebEx Series

The SPSP Medicines team are excited to be hosting a monthly WebEx Series to support learning and sharing across Scotland in 2017/18. This series will focus on the three priority areas. Further details regarding the series are available here.

Bulletin

View the eighth news bulletin for the programme (PDF) which  is now available. (published September 2017)

Patient Stories (November 2017)

The sharing and learning of stories when things go wrong are a powerful tool to drive improvement. A patient story template (Word Doc) is now available to support the sharing of stories following harm due to medicines, and the opportunities for improvement. The SPSP Medicines team would welcome anonymised patient stories for further sharing across Scotland. Please email spsp-medicines.hcis@nhs.net

A Whole System Approach

The SPSP team facilitated a session at the 2016 NHSScotland Event focussing on Systems Thinking as an improvement approach to reduce harm due to medicines. Please access the presentation and related resources

Infographic

A medicines ‘infographic’ has been developed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland as a prompt for healthcare professionals when discussing the safer use of medicines in Scotland. This resource provides key facts and figures regarding medicines in Scotland, and outlines key national initiatives that aim to ensure the safer use of medicines. NHS boards are encouraged to also note initiatives that are being supported locally.

Patient Involvement

SPSP Medicines aims to highlight resources and initiatives to support patients being involved in managing their own medicines.

Medicine Sick Day Rules card - To complement the publication of the updated Polypharmacy Guidance (March 2015), NHSScotland and the Scottish Patient Safety Programme are making the card available nationally. 

Not Sure? Just Ask card - Aimed to empower patients to gain knowledge and understanding about their medicines by providing key questions to ask when starting a new medicine and for existing medicines.
For more information and to download the card, please click on the link.

Medicines Reconciliation Summit 2017

SPSP Medicines held a Medicines Reconciliation Summit on Thursday 2 March 2017 in Edinburgh. The event aim was to bring together leads for medicines reconciliation from NHS boards and national key stakeholders to:
1. Share efforts to date supporting the testing, implementing and spread of medicines reconciliation across the health care system in Scotland.
2. Learn about experiences outwith Scotland.
3. Debate current challenges in the testing, implementing and spread of medicines reconciliation. 
4. Consider next steps for 2017/18.

The programme for the day and presentations from the event can be found here.

View the Twitter conversation that took place during the day.

SPSP Medicines Learning Session One

On Wednesday 24 February 2016, we hosted the first national medicines event as part of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme. The event, chaired by Pedro Delgado (Executive Director, IHI), focused on harm due to medicines from a whole system approach, and gave delegates an opportunity to learn and share from each other. The one-day event included key note speakers and a series of breakout sessions focusing on:
- Reducing medicines harm across transitions
- Innovative improvement projects happening in Scotland to reduce harm to due medicines
- Leadership and culture
- Improvement tools
- Engaging patients in improvement activity

To view the flash report, presentations, storyboards and pictures from the day please click here

View the Twitter conversation that took place during the day.

A Whole System Approach

The SPSP team facilitated a session at the 2016 NHSScotland Event focussing on Systems Thinking as an improvement approach to reduce harm due to medicines. Please access the presentation and related resources.

Medicines Reconciliation

The SPSP Medicines Clinical Advisory Group has developed a national driver diagram for medicines reconciliation.

The operational definitions for measuring medicines reconciliation on admission and discharge have been developed based on the Chief Medical Officer letter issued in September 2013 (SGHD/CMO(2013)18)

Operational definitions for medicines reconciliation in General Practice can be found here. The operational definitions for Community Pharmacy will be available shortly.

High Risk Medicines

A national driver diagram for high risk medicines is under development.

Patient Stories

To support learning and sharing following harm due to medicines a patient story template (Word Doc) has been developed for use across Scotland. The SPSP Medicines team would welcome anonymised patient stories for further sharing across Scotland. Please email spsp-medicines.hcis@nhs.net

Follow us on Twitter: @SPSPMedicines

Email us at spsp-medicines.hcis@nhs.net 


Members of the Medicines team

Name Position
Joanne Matthews Head of Scottish Patient Safety Programme
Aravindan Veiraiah Clinical Lead (Medical)
David Maxwell Improvement Advisor
Janet Heritage Project Officer