The new AHSN Network Polypharmacy: Getting the Balance Right Programme aims to support local systems and primary care to identify patients at potential risk of harm and support better conversations about medicines by promoting shared decision making. One of the core principles of this is population health management.

To consider how best to understand and utilise available data, the AHSN Network and NHS Business Services Authority (BSA) hosted three webinars on 24 March, 6 April and 24 May.

A further session is being held on 12 July. You can reserve your space here.

The webinars are introduced by Clare Howard, Chair of the Polypharmacy Prescribing Comparators Group and Medicines Optimisation Clinical Lead for Wessex AHSN.

During the sessions the BSA demonstrate how the polypharmacy prescribing comparators help us understand variation in prescribing of multiple medicines and how to identify patients more likely to be exposed to the risk of taking multiple, or combinations of, medicines.

Clare said: “Pharmacists working in General Practice need to be able to identify patients who are at risk from harm from polypharmacy. Join our webinar on 24 May to learn about how the award-winning NHS BSA Polypharmacy prescribing comparators can help your practice/PCN to understand your polypharmacy prescribing data and which patients should be prioritised for a structured medication review.”

Attendance is encouraged from ICS medicines optimisation leads and Primary Care Network (PCN) teams, including GPs and pharmacists.

For anyone who was unable to attend the webinars, you can watch a recording of the April event:

Posted on May 25, 2022

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