Prescribing Wisely: Changes to Prescriptions in North West London

The North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) is launching two programmes to change the way they prescribe medicines across our eight boroughs*.

Earlier this year, NW London CCGs engaged with the public and stakeholders around the following proposals:

  • Reducing prescribing of medicines and products that can be purchased without a prescription
  • Reducing waste associated with repeat prescribing

Following a period of engagement and supplementary Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) work, the “Prescribing wisely**” proposals have now been approved by North West London Collaboration of CCGs to be officially launched on 30 October 2017.

The engagement and supplementary EQIA processes gave rise to a number of responses around potential inequalities and risks. To mitigate against these risks, NW London CCGs have added exempted groups to the proposals.

The groups of people exempted from these proposals are:

  1. School age children, if the product needs to be given at school.
  2. Care home residents.
  3. Individuals with funded care packages that require a carer to administer a medicine or treatment.
  4. Anyone officially declared homeless.
  5. People with a diagnosis of dementia.
  6. People with a diagnosed learning disability.

For further information, go to Prescribing Wisely Website Page

* Covering the boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster
** Formerly “Choosing wisely”

Useful Links:

  1. More detail about reducing prescribing of medicines and products that can be purchased without a prescription
  2. More detail about Reducing waste associated with repeat prescribing