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The Scottish Patient Safety Programme – Medicines aims to bring together improvement activity related to medicines from acute care, primary care, maternity & children’s service and mental health. This is a unique opportunity to consider the safer use of medicines from a whole system approach, focusing on the patient as they move between care settings and home.

The focus of the SPSP Medicines programme includes the following priority areas:

•  reducing medicines harm across transitions (medicines reconciliation)
•  high risk medicines
•  omitted medicines

These priorities were identified through consultation with NHS boards and after a review of measures within the existing SPSP programmes.

SPSP Medicines: 2017 / 18 WebEx Series

The SPSP Medicines team are excited to be hosting a monthly WebEx Series to support learning and sharing across Scotland in 2017/18. This series will focus on the three priority areas. Further details regarding the series are available here.


The seventh news bulletin for the programme is now available by clicking here (published June 2017)

A Whole System Approach

The SPSP team facilitated a session at the 2016 NHSScotland Event focussing on Systems Thinking as an improvement approach to reduce harm due to medicines. Please click here to access the presentation and related resources. 


A medicines ‘infographic’ has been developed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland as a prompt for healthcare professionals when discussing the safer use of medicines in Scotland. This resource provides key facts and figures regarding medicines in Scotland, and outlines key national initiatives that aim to ensure the safer use of medicines. NHS boards are encouraged to also note initiatives that are being supported locally.

Adult Acute Medical Image

Patient Involvement

SPSP Medicines aims to highlight resources and initiatives to support patients being involved in managing their own medicines.

Medicine Sick Day Rules card - To complement the publication of the updated Polypharmacy Guidance (March 2015), NHSScotland and the Scottish Patient Safety Programme are making the card available nationally. 

Not Sure? Just Ask card - Aimed to empower patients to gain knowledge and understanding about their medicines by providing key questions to ask when starting a new medicine and for existing medicines.
For more information and to download the card, please click on the link.

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