Getting the most from medicines for both patients and the NHS is becoming increasingly important as more people are taking more medicines. Medicines prevent, treat or manage many illnesses or conditions and are the most common intervention in healthcare. The safe use of medicines is the responsibility of all professionals, healthcare organisations and patients. Safety covers all aspects of medicines usage, including unwanted effects, interactions, safe processes and systems, and effective communication between professionals.

The Safer Medicines programme aims to identify innovative ways to improve medicines optimisation in collaboration with patients and professionals from across the health and care system. Successful projects will be scaled up across Salford, allowing residents to access an improved standard of medicines care.

The Medicine Safety Activity in Salford report highlights initiatives which require further investigation and development to spread successful medicines safety improvements and standardise safe provision across Salford. Information gathered has been summarised under nine headings:

  • Practices Improving the Safety of Medicines in Salford (PrISMS)
  • Medicines Safety CQUIN
  • Insulin – phase gate review
  • Medicines quality strategies
  • Neighbourhood Integrated Practice Pharmacists (NIPPS)
  • Audit of shared care protocols in mental health
  • Salford Standard
  • Safer Clinical Systems: Safety Case