Prescribing and Medicines Management

Somerset medicines management website aims to provide prescribers with the most up to date policies, documents and guides to better prescribing.

The Medicines Management Team ensure that local formularies, medicines optimisation work, and commissioning decisions around prescribing reflect the needs of the Somerset population and allow the uptake of safe, cost effective, evidence based, innovative medicines and treatments.

With this in mind, consider also that:

  • up to 50% of patients do not take their medicines as intended
  • between five and eight per-cent of all unplanned hospital admissions are due to medication issues
  • in primary care it is estimated at least £300m is spent each year on medicines that go to waste
  • according to medication safety data, the NHS could do much better at reporting and preventing avoidable harm from medicines
  • resistance to antibiotics presents a very real and significant threat to modern healthcare.

The Somerset Prescribing Formulary is a living document. It is continuously updated as prescribing decisions are made locally or as new national guidance is considered by the Medicines Programme Board or local Drug & Therapeutics Committees:

The Somerset ICB Medicines Management Team can be contacted on somicb.medicinesmanagementteam@nhs.net

Useful Documents

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NHS Somerset Specials Guidance Version 9.3 (March 2022 with updates to May 2024)
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Somerset Traffic Light System 59th Edition April 2024
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Managing common infections – Guidance for Primary Care June 2024
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NHS Somerset Sick Day Rules Card
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Guidance for prescribers when patients access both NHS and private services
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Emollient Guidance Sept 2023
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Sip feed comparison chart June 2023
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Wound formulary V17 December 2019
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Continence Preferred Product List Quick Reference Guide 24.01.24
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Stoma Accessories Preferred Products v11
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Just In Case Protocol CCG version 2.3 Feb 2017 Final