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
• 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.
The sixth news bulletin for the programme is now available by clicking here (published March 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.