EPACT2 as risk stratification tool for SMRs Long term condition reviews & SMR DES

15th July 2020 – 12:45 to 13:45

This month we were joined by the vastly experienced Clare Howard, Clinical Lead Medicines Optimisation at Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN).

Clare was previously Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for NHSE and is now a Health Foundation Q member who leads England wide Medicines Optimisation Quality Improvement projects for AHSNs, including the work on National Polypharmacy Prescribing Comparators (EPACT2) which won the prestigious HSJ Patient Safety Award in 2019.

She talked about why and how we can all best use the comparators to aid structured medication Review (SMR) patient selection.

The presentation was followed by a Q & A session and covered how to help the PCN agree its demand and capacity to meet the NHS Direct Enhanced Service (DES) specification for SMRs and also how in time you could link SMRs with long term condition reviews.

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