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.

Please note that some of the content below currently links to policies and procedures of the previous commissioning organisations. These are still applicable to NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group.  An ongoing programme of work is in place to review and update these.
Commissioning policies
Local decisions about specific medicines and treatments.
Joint formularies
Local guidance on the use of medicines agreed between hospital specialists and community based practitioners.
Local decision making
The working arrangements for collaborative commissioning decisions.
Clinical policy patient support information
Information 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.
Infection control and tissue viability
Guidance and information to help you provide clean, safe, quality care in your health or social care setting.
Information for healthcare professionals
Information intended for Healthcare Professionals, including locally produced summaries of the guidance published by NICE and the details of patient access schemes for individual drugs. 
Patient leaflets
This page contains useful patient leaflets such as 'Understanding your asthma medication' and 'Ordering and obtaining your repeat medication'
Care home quality collaborative
Further information on the care home quality collaborative, a representative group of people passionate about improving life and care in local care homes across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. 
Shared care guidelines
Guidelines to support the prescribing and monitoring of drug therapy where responsibilities for patient care are shared between specialists and the patients GP. 
Respiratory: Information for patients and healthcare professionals
Information for patients and healthcare professionals including resources such as interactive inhaler checklists, videos around correct inhaler use, information leaflets and inhaler device charts.
Effective practice committee recommendations
An archive of proceedings of the former NHS Devon effective practice committe (accessible via N3 connection only).

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