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22nd September 2021 – 12.45 – 13.45pm

Clare Howard Medicines, Optimisation Lead at Wessex AHSN will be joining us again to talk about the updated NHSBSA Polypharmacy Indicators and how they might help you better select the highest risk patients in your PCN who need an SMR.

Steve Williams will also discuss some interesting new research about clinician and patient/ carer attitudes to Deprescribing.

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NICE guidance on shared decision-making

18th August 2021 – 12.45 – 13.45

We were very lucky to have Jonathan Underhill talking about the updated NICE guidance on shared decision-making as this is crucial for performing successful SMRs.

Jonathan has a wealth of knowledge in this field and he is a Medicines Consultant Clinical Advisor at the Medicines and Prescribing Centre at NICE and also the Medicines Optimisation Lead at the Keele Centre for Medicines Optimisation, School of Pharmacy at Keel University.

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Mental Health update : The STOMP agenda in relation to SMRs / SMR case study

14th July 2021 – 12.45 – 13.45

Dave Gerrard, NHS England Health Improvement Pharmacy Lead for Learning Disability and Autism, talked to us about how to utilise SMRs to support stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both.

We also heard from Mohammed Hassnawi, Practice Plus member and Clinical Pharmacist at Dorset Healthcare, who shared one of his recent SMR cases for learning.

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Acute Coronary Syndromes – new NICE guidance / IMPACT

23rd June 2021 – 12.45 – 13.45

Acute Coronary Syndromes – Helen Williams, Consultant Pharmacist for CVD Disease Southwark CCG and National Specialty Adviser for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at NHS England and NHS Improvement lead us gently through the updated NICE & European guidance as there are lots of subtle changes that you need to be aware of.

IMPACT and Case Study – Sajida Khatri, Director of Medicines Optimisation for PrescQIPP 

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NICE Chronic Pain guidance / How to overcome your own barriers to change

26th May – 12.45 -13.45

NICE Chronic Pain Guidance – Just like the NICE Anticoagulant guidance this new guidance is sure to be taxing you every day in primary care. We were privileged to have one of the NICE panel experts, Professor Roger Knaggs talk us through this crucial and controversial guidance. Roger is an Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacy Practice, University of Nottingham and Advanced Pharmacy Practitioner in Pain, so he was able to give us a real insight into how best to manage these patients when you are performing SMRs.

How to overcome your own barriers to change – We welcomed again, Jamie Hayes, Director of the Welsh Medicines Resource Centre and an Executive Coach about how to overcome our own barriers to change. It was challenging and authentic but it is essential to self-reflect in the ever-changing PCN/ICS NHS landscape.

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AF and Anticoagulation – new NICE guidance / The new NHS Integrated Care System model

28th April – 12.45 – 13.45

Helen Williams, Consultant Pharmacist for CVD Disease Southwark CCG and National Specialty Adviser for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at NHS England and NHS Improvement discussed the new NICE guidance around AF and anticoagulation.

Julie Wood, PrescQIPP Non-Exec Director , Independent Healthcare Consultant and former CEO of NHS Clinical Commissioners made us “Stop, Think and Re-focus” about the new NHS Integrated Care System model and what it will mean for your Medicines Optimisation Stewardship role in the future.

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Long Term Condition Support / Focus on Best Practice / SMR case study

17th March 2021 – 12.45 – 13.45

Supporting Long term Condition reviews in PCNs – Mandeep Butt, Clinical Medicines Optimisation Lead Primary Care Innovation at UCL partners AHSN talked about the long-term condition (LTC) work they are doing to support LTC patient reviews in primary care, in particular, how to use RAG rating to identify the most appropriate patients for different health professionals.

It helped the group think about how their SMR role could integrate with LTC reviews whilst preventing duplication of effort and supporting other team members e.g. HCAs.

Mandeep was joined by Aiysha Saleemi who is a Darzi Fellow pharmacist and has worked in various sectors, including hospital pharmacy, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Primary Care.

Practice Plus membership: Focus on Best Practice / SMR case for discussion and learning Steve Williams introduced another SMR case.

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Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship / PrescQIPP Hot Topic: NHSE Steroid Emergency Card

17th February – 12.45 – 13.45

Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship – Elizabeth Beech MBE, Regional Antimicrobial Stewardship Lead South West Region, NHS England and NHS Improvement presented an update in COVID-19 pandemic times.

PrescQIPP Hot Topic: NHSE Steroid Emergency Card to support early recognition and treatment of adrenal crisis in adults – a presentation by Sajida Khatri.

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English Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) / SMR case study

20th January – 12.45 – 13.45

English Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) in February 2021 – Lloyd Hambridge, Cluster Lead and Pharmacist at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, helped to prepare us for the launch of the English Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) in February 2021. He talked about what can we learn from the Welsh Discharge Medicines Review: the link been community and primary care.

SMR case study – Steve Williams presented an SMR case study for discussion and learning.

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Mental Health focus / The power of collaborative working

16th December – 12.45 – 13.45

Mental health focus – Professor Stephen Bazire, MBE is Honorary Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia, author of the Psychotropic Drug Directory & Director of Mistura Enterprise Ltd® (Choice and Medication©) talked to us, and invited questions, about how best to deal with patients suffering with stress, anxiety, and depression in primary care.

The power of collaborative working – Rachel Berry, Medicines Optimisation Pharmacist at County Durham CCG, shared their successful “De-prescribing education” collaborative project, which was a winning entry at the PrescQIPP 2020 Annual awards.

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