Medicines Information provision
in the UK
David Erskine
Director
London & South East Regional
Medicines Information Service
The case for a medicine
information service
• As defined by Donald Rumsfield – the
former US Secretary of State
• There ar...
in the War against Error…
Medicine Information is the
weapon of mass instruction
The aim of medicine information
• To achieve this we need
– Staff with the right knowledge and skills
– Access to the righ...
What happens in the UK
• About 220 medicine information (MI) centres
based in pharmacy departments of most
hospitals.
• Tr...
Promoting the things we know we
know
• Single national website of
information about medicines
–the National electronic lib...
Support with the things we
know we do not know
• Across the UK – about 0.25
million enquiries are answered
every year by M...
Support with the things we know
we do not know
• Across the UK – about 0.25 million
enquiries are answered every year by M...
Support with the things we know
we do not know
• Across the UK – about 0.25 million
enquiries are answered every year by M...
Support with the things we know
we do not know
• Across the UK – about 0.25 million
enquiries are answered every year by M...
Reducing the risk of not knowing
what we do not know
• National training material for MI
pharmacists – workbook and comput...
Reducing the risk of not knowing
what we do not know
• National training material for MI pharmacists –
workbook and comput...
Reducing the risk of not knowing
what we do not know
• National training material for MI pharmacists –
workbook and comput...
Lessons we have learned
• Need to promote our service on basis of our combination
of knowledge, skills and access to clini...
Any questions?
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  • 1. Medicines Information provision in the UK David Erskine Director London & South East Regional Medicines Information Service
  • 2. The case for a medicine information service • As defined by Donald Rumsfield – the former US Secretary of State • There are things we know we know • There are things we know we don’t know • There are things we don’t know we don’t know
  • 3. in the War against Error… Medicine Information is the weapon of mass instruction
  • 4. The aim of medicine information • To achieve this we need – Staff with the right knowledge and skills – Access to the right resources – Efficient methods of sharing work and knowledge across networks (national and international)
  • 5. What happens in the UK • About 220 medicine information (MI) centres based in pharmacy departments of most hospitals. • Training in MI skills is a core part of the development of every hospital pharmacist • 13 Regional MI centres – provide leadership in quality assurance, education and support, and support commissioning pharmacists working in primary care, led by National Executive
  • 6. Promoting the things we know we know • Single national website of information about medicines –the National electronic library for medicines (www.nelm.nhs.uk - free access)
  • 7. Support with the things we know we do not know • Across the UK – about 0.25 million enquiries are answered every year by MI services
  • 8. Support with the things we know we do not know • Across the UK – about 0.25 million enquiries are answered every year by MI services • Nationally implemented quality assurance programme for enquiry answering
  • 9. Support with the things we know we do not know • Across the UK – about 0.25 million enquiries are answered every year by MI services • Nationally implemented quality assurance programme for enquiry answering • Most centres use same enquiry answering database – MI Databank
  • 10. Support with the things we know we do not know • Across the UK – about 0.25 million enquiries are answered every year by MI services • Nationally implemented quality assurance programme for enquiry answering • Most centres use same enquiry answering database – MI Databank • Mailbase – to support pharmacists with enquiries they cannot answer
  • 11. Reducing the risk of not knowing what we do not know • National training material for MI pharmacists – workbook and computer- assisted learning package (MiCAL) covering: – Relevant information sources and their limitations – Literature searching skills – Dealing with specific types of enquiries – Critical appraisal skills – Ethics
  • 12. Reducing the risk of not knowing what we do not know • National training material for MI pharmacists – workbook and computer-assisted learning package (MiCAL) covering: – Relevant information sources and their limitations – Literature searching skills – Dealing with specific types of enquiries – Critical appraisal skills – Ethics • MI pharmacists then educate other pharmacists in these skills
  • 13. Reducing the risk of not knowing what we do not know • National training material for MI pharmacists – workbook and computer-assisted learning package (MiCAL) covering: – Relevant information sources and their limitations – Literature searching skills – Dealing with specific types of enquiries – Critical appraisal skills – Ethics • MI pharmacists then educate other hospital pharmacists in these skills • Use of IT to deliver tailored knowledge through email push and RSS feeds
  • 14. Lessons we have learned • Need to promote our service on basis of our combination of knowledge, skills and access to clinical expertise • Need to be prepared to support health economic work – prescribers need to be take both evidence and cost effectiveness into account • Need to adjust to reflect changing national resources (NICE, NHS CHOICES, NHS EVIDENCE – so now we focus more on horizon scanning, Medicines Q&As and individual patient reviews than on individual drug reviews • Published work is very closely scrutinised– need stringent QA programme in place • Need robust financial case for IT developments – costs escalate!
  • 15. Any questions?

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