Medicines play a crucial role in maintaining health, preventing illness, managing chronic conditions and curing disease.
Medicines optimisation is about ensuring that the right person get the right choice of medicines at the right time. By focusing on a person and their experiences, the goal is to improve their outcomes, take their medicines correctly, avoid taking unnecessary medications, reduce medicines wastage, improve medicines safety, and to encourage people to take ownership of their treatment.
The Medicines Optimisation Team supports healthcare professionals across Waltham Forest to use medicines in the best way and make the right treatment choices for their patients.
The aim of the Medicines Optimisation Team is to:
- promote safe, evidence-based and cost-effective use of medicines
- provide up-to-date information and guidance about medicines and treatments
- support prescribers and patients to make the best use of medicines
- reduce the risks of adverse effects and harm caused by medicines
- develop local guidelines and care pathways to optimise the use of medicines and management of conditions
- work collaboratively with local hospital trusts and other healthcare providers to support medicines optimisation.
Patient information leaflets (under downloads)
A series of patient information leaflets on certain medicines has been produced by NHS Waltham Forest CCG and can be downloaded from below. These are not intended to duplicate the patient information leaflets that manufacturers provide with their medicines. Written information should only be used in conjunction with advice from your health care professional who is looking after you.