Collaborating for the Improvement of Medication Safety

By 2024, all NHS Trust are supposed to be using electronic prescribing and medication management systems. On 18 November Better's Meds Club - the community of users of the Meds Club medication management and prescribing system - organized a series of discussions related to hospital medication management.
We covered collaboration with patients, decision support for antimicrobial stewardship, the introduction of closed-loop medications in hospitals, and latest updates by the NHSX Digital Medicines team, which works on interoperability in the medications management space, ensuring that appropriate medication standards are in place and adopted.

You can watch the following recordings: 

How can computable knowledge libraries improve clinical decision support? The case of antimicrobial prescribing.

Researchers mostly think about producing knowledge, not deploying it into clinical decision-support. A learning health system focuses on knowledge deployment into clinical decision-support tools. However, knowledge deployment is not just a technical issue; it requires governance, curation, policy, and a business model to make the system workable.    

Philip Scott@2x

Philip Scott
Reader in Health Informatics, School of Computing, University of Portsmouth

How to ease medication reconciliation in the mental health setting with better patient collaboration

Trust and collaboration between the patient and the clinicians are critical at the point of admission. Fears and assumptions can impact the accuracy of the medication reconciliation record. What are some of the best practices to establish trust upon admission?

Adam Hamilton@2x

Adam Hamilton
Medicines Management Technician, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Alexandra Moon@2x

Lex Moon
Clinical Services Pharmacist

Who are the main team members needed for closed-loop medication management?

With electronic prescribing becoming a normal tool in more and more NHS Trusts, the next big project will be the adoption of closed-loop medication management systems. These have proven to positively affect patient safety, but can be challenging to introduce in clinical practice. We will hear about best practices from the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Claire Tolliday@2x

Claire Tolliday
Interim CNIO and eHospital Senior Team Leader, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Patrick J. Lynch@2x

Patrick J. Lynch
Chief Pharmacist Information Officer (CPIO)

Workshop results

  • How do you manage training complacency after ePMA updates? (Moderator: Hetty Lack, Pharmacy System Manager at Somerset Foundation NHS Trust) 
  • What are the benefits we hope to see in the future with medication digitalisation? (Moderator: Donna Smart, ePMA Senior Nurse)
  • What have we learned from the data gathered with ePMA? (Moderator: Chimene Morgan, Pharmacist Technician at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust) 
  • What is most important: design and usability, or the spectrum of functionalities covered? (Božidarka Radović, Better Meds Product Lead & Patrik Bevec, Design Lead for Clinical Applications)

How can the national digital medicines work support frontline services?

The NHSX Digital Medicines team works on interoperability in the medications management space, ensuring that appropriate medication standards are in place and adopted.

The team has been busy developing implementation guidance to support the transfer of medication/prescription information between systems and across care sectors using the recently published FHIR UK Core standards.

Ann Slee@2x

Ann Slee, Associate CCIO (Medicines), NHSX 

Chris OBrien@2x

Chris O'Brien, Programme Manager for Digital Medicines, NHSX