Across North West London's eight CCGs (Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Central London, West London, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow, Ealing CCGs), expert medicines management pharmacists work to reduce medicine-related harm. We help GPs to maintain or improve the quality of medicine use and also reduce avoidable expenditure.
Additionally, the CCGs' Medicine Management teams contribute to maintaining the shared North West London Integrated Formulary and Red list of drugs.
What is the North West London Integrated Formulary?
The NWL medicine management team co-ordinate the running of the North West London integrated formulary new drugs panel meetings and maintain the list of medicines being prescribed for adult patients.
The medicines list covers:
- prescriptions written in primary care
- prescriptions or recommendations by hospital doctors for outpatients or patients leaving hospital after an admission
In these situations, prescribers are asked to take the medicine list fully into account when deciding how to treat patients.
NHS England guidance on conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care can be found here.