Sharing Good Ideas and Solutions
Date sent: Thursday 26 February 2015
Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015
I am always impressed when I visit practices and see the soluions they have found to meet the demands that we all face. What we are not always so good at doing is sharing those ideas with others.
We need your feedback and engagement.
Please let us know if you have any ideas/solutions and share with us your examples of good practice, top tips etc. that others may find helpful too by completing the following Ideas/Solutions Form and emailing it back to the LMC Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is some work that I have recently been involved in that might be of interest to some.
General practice prescribes about £8bn worth of medicines per year. This means the average practice prescribes over 125,000 individual items per year or the equivalent of 40,000 item per full time GP (no wonder we are so busy!)
It is therefore not surprising that there are so many issues about:
- Concordance (compliance to many of us) - 50% of patients don't take what we prescribe correctly.
- Wastage - we waste medication to the value of over £300m per year - medicines thrown away - what could your practice do with an additional £5 per patient?
- Ways of ordering medication - how many of your patients phone up and ask for a repeat of the small white pills?
- With over 2.7 million prescriptions items being issues every day, we could reduce out workload if we have better systems in place and patients repeat prescription were synchronised.
In my practice I have written a newsletter for our patients. We have put this on the practice website, made a few posters from the information, added bits to out information screen and added links to out prescriptions. We have also sent information via the practice Facebook page and Twitter.
We have started to use a form to try and assist in prescribing and also collecting more email addresses and mobile phone numbers.
Please have a look and feel free to copy any information you wish to use - if you develop other information please share this with us.
Prescribing Newsletter - Help and advice provided by the Arnewood Practice January 2015.
Prescription Patient Form - Example patient prescription update form provided by the Arnewood Practice February 2015 - this can be found following this link - Arnewood Practice
We look forward to hearing your ideas and solutions that we can develop and share with others.
Dr Nigel Watson
Churchill House, 122-124 Hursley Rd
Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh
Hants. SO53 1JB (Registered Office)