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Discharge Medicines Service - an integrated approach

10 May 2024
Integrated Care Theatre & Primary Care Theatre

The Discharge Medicines Service (DMS) became an essential Community Pharmacy service in February 2021. This session will give an insight into the development and continued management of the innovative work of the DMS and Overprescribing Team at The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust. Our aim is provide support to patients with their medication post-discharge, and reduce hospital readmissions. We will discuss how we have formed our team, established our roles, plus the steps we have taken to expand the DMS within the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS). This will include the challenges we have encountered and how we have overcome these with the help of our colleagues within the ICS.

This session will provide an overview of the innovative projects we are working towards, along with the ICS. This includes our approach to reduce the overprescribing of opioids, by improving the quality of discharge summaries, plus creating and providing opioid patient safety leaflets. We will explain how we are expanding our service, enabling us to refer patients that we have identified would benefit from a Structured Medication Review to their Primary Care Networks upon their hospital discharge. 

Join us to find out more about the exciting work we are undertaking in DMS 2.0 to reduce medication overprescribing!

Speakers
Gemma Dunseith, Specialist Pharmacy Technician for Overprescribing and The Discharge Medicines Service - The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
Alice Frost, Specialist Pharmacy Technician for Overprescribing and The Discharge Medicines Service - The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
Emily Hunt, Advanced Specialist Pharmacist in Overprescribing and The Discharge Medicines Service - The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
James Milner, ICS Community Pharmacy Clinical Lead - Shropshire Telford and Wrekin ICB
Lydia Pinches, Advanced Specialist Pharmacist for Overprescribing and The Discharge Medicines Service - The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
Debra Rust, Senior Assistant Technical Officer in Overprescribing and The Discharge Medicines Service - The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

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