The Wirral Medicines Management Team offers specialist clinical and senior management expertise, alongside hands-on experience of working in GP practices to improve medicines management and patient outcomes. Our team includes pharmacists, technicians and support staff.

What do we do?

We offer expert advice to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and prescribers on all aspects of medicines use; from strategic advice and service development to operational support and patient interventions.

The team facilitates the processes to manage medicines use across the health economy via development of evidence-based prescribing formularies and clinical guidelines. A key role is identifying opportunities to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of medicines use and influencing continual improvement of prescribing performance.

Our staff respond to clinical queries from prescribers, GP practice staff and the public and raise awareness of new guidance and best practice via educational meetings and a range of communications.

Practice-based pharmacists and technicians work alongside prescribers and staff in GP practices to facilitate the implementation of best practice and improve patients’ treatment outcomes.

We are all committed to improving clinical outcomes for patients and identifying opportunities to maximise resources and ensure patients can access the best new treatments they need.

How do we add value to Clinical Commissioning?

We are skilled in clinical evidence evaluation and data interpretation to support the CCG’s commissioning process for robust decision-making on medicines in line the NHS Constitution. Horizon Scanning contributes to the strategic planning process via proactive management of new growth, benchmarking and realising the potential for efficiency initiatives across primary and secondary care. As part of the multidisciplinary Commissioning Support Service (CSS) operating model we will ensure the medicines aspects of contracts and innovative care pathways are considered by commissioners at an early stage.

Improving prescribing performance is high impact both in terms of patient experience and health outcomes and our staff utilise longstanding local relationships in primary care, with Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Trust to manage change across the health economy.