Medicines and treatments

Clinical Effectiveness and Medicines Optimisation

The Clinical Effectiveness and Medicines Optimisation team supports the commissioning of medicines and other medical interventions which are effective when applied in appropriate populations of patients, which lead to improved outcomes for patients and which provide value for the use of resources.

We work with GPs and other stakeholders in the health and social care community, striving to ensure best use of medication and other treatments to secure the desired outcomes for patients and deliver value for money for the NHS.

Please click on the links below for further details of our areas of work:

Local decision making for specific medicines and treatments

Details of local commissioning policies for specific medicines and treatments are published on behalf of NEW Devon CCG and South Devon & Torbay CCG. These are categorised by body system.

Local decisions about specific medicines and treatments are made by the Clinical Policy Committee for NEW Devon CCG and South Devon & Torbay CCG, guided by the National Prescribing Centre principles and rationale for local decision making.

Clinical policy patient support information has been produced to provide clarity for patients, the public and staff about why and how a decision has been taken in respect of commissioning a particular treatment and what it will mean for patients.

Clinical guidance for prescribers

The local Joint Formularies promote safe, effective, and economic prescribing in both primary and secondary care. They provide clinical guidance on the management of a wide variety of conditions, which includes locally recommended drug choices. In compiling the formulary consideration is given to aspects of effectiveness, safety, appropriateness and cost effectiveness.

Shared care guidelines support the prescribing and monitoring of drug therapy where responsibilities for patient care are shared between specialists and the patients GP. 

Information for patients and healthcare professionals

Our information for Healthcare Professionals pages include information on managing medicines in care homes, medication review, medicines waste, locally produced summaries of the guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and details of patient access scheme arrangements for individual drugs. 

Respiratory information for patients and healthcare professionals  includes resources such as interactive inhaler checklists, videos on correct inhaler use, information leaflets and inhaler device charts.

Prescribing guidance for gluten free products came into effect on 1 July 2017 following a local clinical review of NHS prescribing of gluten free foods in the North, East and West Devon area.

Infection control and tissue viability  guidance and information is available to help you provide clean, safe, quality care in your health or social care setting.

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