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Prescribing wisely - two new programmes have launched to change the way we prescribe medicines across North West London

NHS North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) is launching two programmes to change the way we prescribe medicines across our eight boroughs*.


Earlier this year, NW London CCGs engaged with public and stakeholders around the following proposals:


i. Reducing prescribing of medicines and products that can be purchased without a prescription

ii. Reducing waste associated with repeat prescribing


Following a period of engagement and supplementary EQIA work, the “Prescribing wisely**” proposals have now been approved by North West London Collaboration of CCGs to be officially launched on 30 October 2017.


The engagement and supplementary EQIA processes gave rise to a number of responses around potential inequalities and risks. To mitigate against these risks, NW London CCGs have added exempted groups to the proposals.


The groups of people exempted from these proposals are:


1. School age children, if the product needs to be given at school.

2. Care home residents

3. Individuals with funded care packages that require a carer to administer a medicine or treatment

4. Anyone officially declared homeless

5. People with a diagnosis of dementia

6. People with a diagnosed learning disability


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* Covering the boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster


** Formerly “Choosing wisely”