Medicines optimisation

Medicines optimisation is an approach that seeks to maximise clinical outcomes for patients from their medicines, with an emphasis on safety, governance, professional collaboration and patient engagement.

Pharmacy teams across South Devon provide medicines advice and support. Pharmacy teams working across South Devon include:

  • The South Devon Locality pharmacy team
  • Torbay Hospital pharmacy team
  • Devon CCG pharmacy team
  • Devon Partnership Trust pharmacy team

Locality Pharmacy team

The Locality Pharmacy team work across South Devon, providing advice and support to intermediate care teams, community nursing teams, community pharmacists and care homes. Locality pharmacists undertake medication reviews for housebound patients in their own homes because this group of patients are often unable to get to their GP surgery or community pharmacy. The team work closely with both primary and secondary care pharmacy teams.

The Locality Pharmacy team provide medication reviews within care homes. They work closely with care homes to make sure patients medicines are reviewed regularly. The team also provide a pharmacy service to Torbay and South Devon’s community hospitals. This includes polypharmacy ward rounds.

Referrals to the Locality Pharmacy team can be made by the following: GPs, Community Pharmacists, members of the Intermediate Care MDT, patients themselves and also Quality Assurance and Improvement Teams (QAITs) from Devon County and Torbay Councils.

The South Devon localities are split in to the following areas:

  • Brixham and Paignton
  • Coastal – Teignmouth and Dawlish
  • Moor to sea – Ashburton, Totnes, Buckfastleigh and Dartmouth
  • Torquay

To refer to the team or for more information please contact the Locality Pharmacy team.

Torbay Hospital Pharmacy team

The aim of the Pharmacy department at Torbay Hospital is to provide patients with medicines that are safe, appropriate, evidence-based and cost-effective.

The Pharmacy team provide a pharmacy service to both inpatient and outpatient services. Contact the Torbay Hospital team.

Devon CCG Pharmacy team

Devon Partnership NHS Trust employs specialist mental health pharmacists and medicines optimisation technicians. Pharmacists operate in both inpatient Haytor and Beech units and community settings; helping patients to use medicines safely and effectively. Services provided include patient medication reviews, outpatient clinic appointments and providing information to patients, carers and professionals. The technicians work primarily in inpatient services where they are responsible for helping individuals learn about their medicines, ensuring the safe and secure handling of medicines and supporting professionals’ use of medicines generally.

For patients and carers a medicines helpline is in operation from 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday (tel: 01392 675 688). Professionals can seek relevant advice via email. A useful resource when seeking more information about mental health and medicines is the Choice and Medication website.

Devon Partnership Trust Pharmacy team

Devon Partnership NHS Trust employs specialist mental health pharmacists and medicines optimisation technicians. Pharmacists operate in both inpatient Haytor and Beech units and community settings; helping patients to use medicines safely and effectively. Services provided include patient medication reviews, outpatient clinic appointments and providing information to patients, carers and professionals. The technicians work primarily in inpatient services where they are responsible for helping individuals learn about their medicines, ensuring the safe and secure handling of medicines and supporting professionals’ use of medicines generally.

For patients and carers a medicines helpline is in operation from 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday (tel: 01392 675 688). Professionals can seek relevant advice via email. A useful resource when seeking more information about mental health and medicines is the Choice and Medication website.

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