Population Health Management: How can it help you with planning SMRs?

18th May 2022 12.45-13.45pm

Population Health Management aims to improve local population health by data driven planning and delivery of proactive care to achieve maximum impact. It includes segmentation, stratification and impactabilty modelling to identify local ‘at risk’ cohorts – and, in turn, designing and targeting interventions to prevent ill-health and to improve care and support for people with ongoing health conditions and reducing unwarranted variations in outcomes.

Dr Wasim Baqir, Senior Pharmacist, Pharmacy Integration Programme Primary Care, NHS England and Improvement told us about it and how as medicines experts and PCN leaders we need to make sure we are utilising what it can do and improving its use for our high risk populations.

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Caring for a patient with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

27th April 2022 – 12.45 – 13.45pm

Following the 2021 update to the NICE CKD guidance we were joined by Natasha Moore, Advanced Renal Pharmacist , Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. She helped us deal with the most important aspects of living with CKD when we see patients for SMRs aswell as considering medicines optimisation issues.

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Electronic Structured Medication Review (SMR) Templates

9th March 2022 – 12.45 – 13.45pm

Briony Leighton, Clinical Pharmacist (Arrow Health PCN), Primary Integrated Community Services Ltd Nottingham presented an SMR template toolkit she developed with an IT specialist to ensure a consistent and robust approach and support prescribing discussions & decisions with older people living in care homes.

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Dealing with chronic pain in SMRs

9th February 2022 – 12.45 – 13.45pm

Emma Davies, Advanced Pharmacist Practitioner in Pain Management, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board in Wales lead a practical session using case studies about dealing with chronic pain in structured medication reviews, following our update from Roger Knaggs in 2021 about the technical aspects of the new NICE guidance on Chronic Pain.

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Antimicrobial Stewardship update

12th January 2022 – 12.45 – 13.45pm

Elizabeth Beech, Regional Antimicrobial Stewardship Lead South West Region, NHS England and NHS Improvement updated and advised us on how we can best improve our practices’ Antibiotic prescribing following the COVID 19 pandemic

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PrescQIPP Award winners

15th December 2021 – 12.45 – 13.45pm

Two of the winning teams told us all about their great Medicines Optimisation projects in primary care.

Pharmacist led chronic pain clinic – Tracy Brown, Prescribing support pharmacist at Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

ACB Triage and Review for Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes and Beyond.. – Jane Shanahan, Nela Roncevic-Ashton and Victoria Richards, Medicines Optimisation Team East Lancashire CCG and Hospital Trust.

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Diabetes update

24th November 2021 – 12.45 – 13.45pm

Phillip Newland-Jones, Consultant Pharmacist and Clinical Director Diabetes & Endocrinology, Southampton General Hospital joined us to talk all things “Diabetes” in primary care.

treatments and suggest how to best optimise both care & medicines resources for diabetics within a PCN/LHB.

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Integrating Medicines Safety Improvement

20th October 2021 – 12.45 – 13.45pm

Medicines Safety Improvement programme and how primary care pharmacy professionals can help make the objectives a reality.

As he was a member of the DHSC short life working group, Steve presented about the latest Overprescribing report, in particular the need to tackle over prescribing at source i.e. repeat prescription systems.

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NHSBSA Polypharmacy Indicators and changing attitudes to Deprescribing

22nd September 2021 – 12.45 – 13.45pm

Clare Howard, Medicines Optimisation Lead at Wessex AHSN joined 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 discussed 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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