Our services

We provide a full range of services to support medicines optimisation and the commissioning of medicines related services. These include:

Strategy, policy and local decision making

We support a number of formal Area Prescribing Committees (APCs) with administration, website management, formulary reviews, expert advice, local decision making, APC policy and membership management. We provide services to the Lancashire Medicines Management Group (LMMG), Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull and environs (BSSE) APC, and Pan Mersey APC amongst others.

Our services include:

  • Development of CCG medicines strategy, which can include public and clinician engagement and surveys, best practice research and strategy writing for Heads of Medicines Management
  • Development and support for Medicines Committees, such as Area Prescribing Committees. This includes end-to-end administrative, local decision making, governance and clinical policy support
  • Evidence-based formulary/new product/medicines review, using both primary and secondary sources
  • Horizon scanning for new medicines and NICE impact
  • Medicines policy development and implementation.

Medicines-related data and business intelligence

We provide medicines data analytics on our Aristotle® business intelligence platform, which is used by MMO teams and GP practices/clinicians. This includes:

  • Prescribing budget setting at CCG and practice level
  • QIPP opportunities tools
  • Analysis and monitoring of unlicensed products and specials
  • Analysis and management of high cost drugs
  • Non-medical prescribers (NMP) prescribing analysis
  • Controlled drugs and threshold prescribing analysis
  • Unique triangulation medicines tools using prescribing, secondary care and QOF data for different therapeutic areas.

Medicines commissioning support services

  • Strategic Head of Medicines Management (CCG lead)
  • Safety investigations and medicines assurance support and implementation
  • Medicines Safety Assurance Tool (MSAT®) for CCGs and GP practices
  • Controlled drugs support services, including witnessing CD destructions and the full range of CDAO services
  • Delivery of measurable prescribing improvement for QIPP
  • Development and delivery of tools to influence prescribing, such as clinical audits, prescribing detail aids, medicines training, and best use of clinical system software
  • Medicines prescribing advice newsletters and management of clinical prescribing messages on GP clinical systems – for example, Scriptswitch®
  • Commissioning support for the management of community pharmacy services for local authorities and CCGs, such as minor ailments, palliative care services and LPC strategic engagement for groups of CCGs
  • Contracting and commissioning use of community pharmacy system software – for example, PharmOutcomes for development of pharmacy services
  • Development and implementation of Patient Group Directions
  • Statutory Pharmaceutical Needs Analysis for local authorities
    • Management of systems for implementing prior approval forms for high cost drugs
  • High cost drug validation and scrutiny of non-payment-by-results Trust drug-related invoices, Blueteq® and clinical policies
    • Support with development of Trust contract markers – for example, commissioning for quality, CQUINs etc.
  • Support for medicines-related FOIs, complaints, media and MP queries   
  • Medicines-related procurement advice
  • Administration of NMP codes and management of annual self-declarations (CCGs and GP practices)
  • End-to-end management of rebate schemes working with finance and medicines leads
  • Support for emergency response in relation to medicines – for example, pandemic response.

GP practice-based and medicines optimisation services

  • We provide professionally-registered staff embedded in GP practices to implement clinical prescribing support services locally
  • These include registered pharmacists and technicians supported by our wider team to deliver best practice locally – for example, practice pharmacists and non‑medical prescribers
  • We provide a range of practice-based services, including:
    • QIPP delivery and implementation
    • CQC and safety assurance
    • Clinical medication review services – for example, polypharmacy medication review services, part of multi-disciplinary integrated care services or frailty team services
    • Productive reviews of repeat prescribing systems and changing delivery models for repeats – for example, implementation of the Luton CCG model
  • We provide services to support better use of medicines incare homes
  • Clinical medication review to support GP prescribers and care homes
  • Medicines systems review in care homes, including a 150-point audit with policy and training package
  • Medicines ordering support services to help care homes with ordering and administration issues.

For more information, please contact:

Jonathan Horgan, MSc, BSc (Hons), PgDip, MRPharmS

Head of Medicines and IFR/Clinical Policy Development

Tel: 0121 612 4109

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Midlands and Lancashire CSU
Kingston House
438-450 High Street
West Bromwich
West Midlands
B70 9LD

Tel: 0121 612 3895
E-Mail: midlands.lancashire@nhs.net

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