Reducing Medicines Harm Across Transitions

Medication errors and medication related adverse events are common during transitions of care. The impact of these events on patients and the financial burden are significant. In an effort to minimize harm caused during these types of care transitions, medicines reconciliation has been a priority within SPSP since the programme was launched in 2008.

Starting in acute care, focussing on admission to and discharge from hospital, improvement efforts have spread across the whole system incorporating general practice and pharmacy services in the primary care setting.

A number of improvement resources on reducing harms across transitions are available under ‘Medicines Reconciliation’ section of the tools and resources section of the website.

To support learning and sharing between boards on reducing medicines harm across transitions, a monthly WebEx series was introduced that was open to teams across Scotland. Representation from all four SPSP programmes (Acute Adult, Mental Health, MCQIC and Primary Care) participated in the WebEx series.

Key points from each WebEx are provided here. The last update was February 2017 after the concluding WebEx in the series.

 

WebEx Series Summary Report

A report was produced to summarise the WebEx series on Reducing Medicines Harm Across Transitions and is available to view here

WebEx Presentations


The following are PDFs of the PowerPoint presentations shared during the WebExs.

  1. November 2015 - NHS Dumfries & Galloway

    November 2015 - NHS Highland

    December 2015 - NHS Lothian

    December 2015 - NHS Tayside

    March 2016 - NHS Greater Glasgow &Clyde

    April 2016 - NHS Ayrshire & Arran. For a recording of the WebEx click here.

    May 2016 - NHS Fife

    June 2016 - NHS Grampian. For a recording of the WebEx click here.

    July 2016 - NHS Forth Valley. For a recording of the WebEx click here

    August 2016 - NHS Borders. For a recording of the WebEx click here

    September 2016 - NHS Lanarkshire. For a recording of the WebEx click here

    October 2016 - NHS Island Boards. For a recording of the WebEx click here

    November 2016 - NHS Highland. For a recording of the WebEx click here

    December 2016 - NHS Lothian. For a recording of the WebEx click here

    January 2017 - NHS Dumfries and Galloway. For a recording of the WebEx click here

    February 2017 - NHS Tayside. For a recording of the WebEx click here.