The CCG’s Medicines Optimisation team’s role is to ensure people obtain the best possible outcomes from their medicines. The team works closely with clinicians in primary and secondary care, patients, carers and other health and social care professionals and aims to ensure that we offer evidence-based, cost-effective interventions to the people of Bury.
Greater Manchester Joint Formulary
All prescribers in Bury are requested to adhere to the Greater Manchester Medicines Management Group (GMMMG) Joint Formulary, Interface Prescribing Guidance, and recommendations. These are all available via this website: http://gmmmg.nhs.uk/
Primary Care Antimicrobial Policy
Guide to prescribing for the treatment of infections commonly encountered in general practice. All clinicians are requested to adhere to this guidance.
Quick Reference Guide to Antimicrobial Policy – This guide covers the most commonly encountered infections and recommended treatments and should only be used in conjunction with the full policy.
Guidance on treatment of Vitamin B12 deficiency Access the guidance here.
Vitamin D guidance
Prescribing for Clinical Need Policy
The Governing Body advises that only treatments that are clinically effective and provide a clear health benefit to patients should be prescribed on NHS prescriptions. All other treatments should be considered a low priority and are detailed within this policy (updated June 2016).
Prescribing of antipsychotics in patients living with dementia
The prescribing status of antipsychotics in dementia patients has recently changed. The Greater Manchester Medicines Management Group have published a GP resource pack, however, the status is subject to local commissioning arrangements. Bury’s local commissioning arrangements for GPs highlights that: If an individual clinician has received training in the diagnosis and management of dementia and delirium and is confident to initiate and monitor an antipsychotic in a particular clinical situation, then it is reasonable for this clinician to have the flexibility to do this with or without the direction of a Consultant Psychiatrist.