Medicines Management News

Enhancing Self-Care Medicines Use – Toolkit

In March 2018, a public consulation led to the publication of guidance for CCGs on the treatment of conditions for which OTC items should no longer be routinely prescribed:

The NHS England national guidance aims to reduce the routine prescribing of products for conditions that;

  • Are, considered to be, self-limiting, and therefore do not need treatment as they will get better own their own accord.
  • Lend themselves to self-care i.e. the person suffering does not normally need to seek medical advice and can simply and effectively manage the condition by purchasing over-the-counter items from their local pharmacy.
  • Can be treated with over-the-counter products in a more cost-effective manner than via an NHS prescription.
  • Have little evidence of clinical effectiveness.

This is an interactive PDF is an implementation tool which has been developed to aid GPs, pharmacists, other healthcare professionals and supporting organisations to implement the national guidance for conditions that can be treated over the counter.

To navigate, use the arrow buttons on each page or locate a specific section using the tabs and buttons within the document.

  • The tool aims to provide a shared perspective and support for the implementation of NHS England's national self-care agenda and accelerate uptake, enabling commissioners, healthcare professionals and patients to understand and apply national advice.
  • The tool has been designed to guide clinicians and organisations through the decisions that need to be made and provide easy access to a variet of support materials to increase the uptake of selfcare treatments and strategies by patients, enabling improved use of NHS resources.
  • Over-the-counter medicines are those that can be sold by local pharmacies, some but not all can be sold by loccal supermarkets and other shops. We promote the  use of local pharmacies as a wider range of products are available and this is supported by professional advice.
  • Some of the information contained has been gathered from organisations where previous introduction of self-care strategies has gone well to share learning and reduce duplication across the NHS.
  • This tool should be read in conjunction with the national guidance.
  • Any information contained within this tool should be used as a guide and tailored to local practice and patient needs as required. 

January 2020

Letter sent to Wirral Opticians regarding prescribing of medications avaliable to purchase over the counter

EPS Controlled Drug Prescribing Rollout

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Rescheduling Pregabalin and Gabapentin Guidance – March 2019

The guidance and patient leaflet regarding the rescheduling of Pregabalin and Gabapentin can be found by clicking the following links:

Rescheduling of Gabapentin and Pregabalin as Schedule 3 Controlled Drugs

Pregabalin and Gabapentin Patient Leaflet


Wirral Health Economy has become part of the Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee (APC)

Wirral Health Economy became part of the Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee (APC) in January 2018. A process for merging Wirral recommendations with those of the Pan Mersey APC is currently underway. In the meantime please continue to refer to this website for existing recommendations in Wirral.

Links to Pan Mersey guidance will be added where appropriate as specific guidelines / recommendations become approved on Wirral.