Thank you all for the growing interest and support for Me and My Medicines. With over 750 Twitter followers, every conversation is reaching an ever growing audience.
Recent highlights include:
- Me and My Medicines was included in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society led guidance document on Polypharmacy published earlier this year.
- The North School of Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation is using Me and My Medicines and the principles in the Medicines Communication Charter as a foundation in its training modules for pharmacy support staff in secondary care.
- The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) ran a Project Definition Workshop to develop the goals and objectives of a project to support the development and growth of Me and My Medicines. This included the proposal to identify and work with pilot sites and to provide support for effective implementation e.g. through guides and case studies
Other highlights since the last newsletter include:
- May 2019 – the National Overprescribing Review Opening Symposium in London, organised and run by NHS England, included posters on Me and My Medicines. Every speaker referred to the importance of patient and clinician conversations including the Academic Health Science Network presentation on the different approaches being implemented by other AHSNs nationally to tackle the problem.
- April 2019 – Me and My Medicines core messages have been shared with the prescribing leads at 333 West Yorkshire and Harrogate practices after it was referenced in West Yorkshire Research and Development’s report to general practices on antimicrobial prescribing.
- March 2019 – We presented at the 6th annual Future Leaders Conference in Leeds. There was interest from delegates wanting to share their experiences of local implementation.
Recent achievements include:
- Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust announced the Clinical Pharmacy Principles launch on Twitter, which has Me and My Medicines at the centre.
- In Wessex, local teams have been exploring ways to win over clinical colleagues and patients and help them get more involved. We hope to be able to share more examples in the next newsletter.
Patient and clinician stories:
We are seeking patient and clinician stories about their experience of using Me and My Medicines and the Medicines Communication Charter.
If you have any patient stories and/or examples of local work and initiatives that include Me and My Medicines, it would be great to hear from you via the ‘contact us’ page on the Me and My Medicines website.
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