Pharmaceutical Public Health
The Pharmacy team in Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust (DIHC)aims to optimise the use of medicines by the people of Dudley. This involves making sure that people receive the medicines they need to manage long term conditions, and to prevent serious events such as strokes and heart attacks, as well as ensuring that medicines are used as safely as possible. A further consideration is to ensure that the limited amount of money available for medicines is spent wisely.
Supporting patient care
A team of 50 clinical pharmacists provides support to every GP practice in Dudley with patient consultations, management of medicines related correspondence, problem solving and reviewing patients’ repeat prescriptions. The pharmacists also provide support for multi-disciplinary teams who ensure that appropriately co-ordinated care is provided to patients with complex healthcare needs.
Medicines related policies
The central team of senior pharmacists ensure that appropriate guidance and policies are in place to support good prescribing practice by our healthcare professionals. These consist of condition specific guidelines as well as our formulary which lists medicines considered to be safe and effective as well as offering value for money. A further focus is on reducing the use of medicines which the NHS consider to be of limited value, and encouraging patients to buy medicines ‘over the counter’ where appropriate.
Repeat prescription management
Our ‘Prescription Order Direct’ service or POD is available to 14 of our practices. The POD call handlers process telephone requests for repeat prescriptions on behalf of these practices. It is part of DIHC’s drive to provide greater convenience and consistency for the Dudley population.