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 (PDF) (Updated February 2017).
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.
May 2016 - NHS Fife (PDF)
March 2016 - NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (PDF)
December 2015 - NHS Tayside (PDF)
December 2015 - NHS Lothian (PDF)
November 2015 - NHS Dumfries & Galloway (PDF)
November 2015 - NHS Highland (PDF)