What is Medicines Management?

Medicines management is an evidence-based approach to prescribing which balances the safety, tolerability, effectiveness and cost of treatments. The aim of the medicines management team is to ensure that our patients receive better, safer and more convenient care.

Medicines management includes:

  • Giving unbiased information about medicines and treatments and where they should be used in care pathways
  • Supporting practitioners and patients to make best use of medicines
  • Minimising the harm caused by medicines
  • Developing local guidelines to optimise the management of conditions
  • Working with service providers (including hospitals, community teams, hospitals, hospices, mental health, community pharmacists and GP practices) to provide safe and effective access to medicines from the most appropriate service.
  • Encouraging appropriate use of antimicrobials to reduce the risk of resistance.
  • Advising on the use of new drugs and new research.

For more information, visit the “Who are the Medicines Management team?

Medicines Management

COVID 19 - Patients

COVID 19 - Clinicians





Please note that only registered users can download the below documents:

Useful Covid 19 Resources:

Oxford Astra Zeneca 

Pfizer BioNtech


Patient Group Direction (PGD) Summary for Covid 19 Vaccines

NHSE Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) - Covid 19 local vaccine services deployment in community setting

Gov UK - Covid 19 Vaccaniation Programme - Protocols and PGDs

Letter from Chief Medical Officers re UK Covid 19 Vaccination Programme – Dec 2020

Optimising the Covid 19 vaccination programme for maximum short-term impact

Green Book – Covid 19

Guidance for Care Homes on the use of Vitamin D supplements obtained by the DHSC

Covid 19 Vaccine Pharmacy Communications Reference Guide 

Rescue Pack Letter

Rescue Pack for COPD and Asthma

COVID related professional advice

Remote Outpatients Clinics - Medicine Supply

Responsibility for Prescribing

Amber Drugs - Covid 19

NHS Volunteers Responders Information for Primary Care Professionals

How patients can order repeat prescriptions electronically

Ibuprofen and Coronavirus (COVID 19)

Police Pharmacy Advice - COVID

Shared Care Drugs Monitoring during COVID 19

Position statement for prescribing for patients abroad during Coronavirus outbreak

Ramadan Rapid Review Recommendations - Risk Table

Lithium Guidance COVID 19

Access to Palliative Care Drugs

Access to EOL Drugs in Primary Care during COVID 19

Prescription Management during COVID 19

Hospitals Group Anticoagulation Clinics

COVID 19 Primary care vaccine handling and management policy

Referrals for cohort 6 - 16 and 17 years old

Webinar for the Essex arrangements for accessing EOL Medicines and your role in the re-use of medicines in care homes:








Chapter 1 - Gastro-intestinal system

Chapter 2 - Cardiovascular system

Chapter 3 - Respiratory system

Chapter 4 - Central Nervous System

Chapter 5 - Infection

Chapter 6 - Endocrine system

Chapter 7 - Genito-Urinary System

Chapter 8 - Malignant disease

Chapter 9 - Nutrition and blood

Chapter 10 - Musculoskeletal System

Chapter 11 - Eye

Chapter 12 - Ear, Nose and Oropharynx

Chapter 13 - Skin

Chapter 14 - Immunological Products and Vaccines

General Prescribing Guidance

End of Life Formulary

Wound Care Formulary

Traffic Light List for Prescribing

Shared Care Guidelines

Mid and South Essex Medicines Optimisation Committee (MSEMOC)

Prescribing Incentive Scheme

Prescribing Newsletters

Patient Information

Patient Letters

Practice Resources/Policies


National Medicine Shortages

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