Medicines Optimisation


On this page

  • Role of Medicines Optimisation
  • Ask your Pharmacist
  • Branded verses Generic prescribing of medicines
  • Help with health costs
  • Surrey Heartlands CG Medicines Optimisation Team
  • Antibiotic Resistance


Role of Medicines Optimisation

The use of medicines is the most common therapeutic intervention. It is estimated that that 15-20% of a CCG’s money is spent on medicines. Medicines Optimisation is simply looking at all aspects of the safe supply, use and disposal of medicines.

Effective Medicines Optimisation will help contribute towards:

  • Improving health
  • Improving patient care and satisfaction
  • Reducing medication wastage

Prescribing is a key component of Medicines Optimisation. Doctors or other healthcare staff accredited as prescribers can prescribe medicines for patients under their care using a written order or prescription. Whilst prescribers can decide on whatever medication they think is appropriate for the patient, they are expected to take into account the evidence for the clinical and cost effectiveness of the medicines they prescribe.


Ask Your Pharmacist

  • Pharmacists across provide a range of services.
  • 96% of people can get to a pharmacy within 20 minutes by walking or using public transport.
  • Community pharmacists provide rapid access, without appointment, to a healthcare professional and now offer a range of clinical and public health services.
  • Ask Your Pharmacist, it may save you making an unnecessary trip to your GP or A&E.


Help with Health Costs

You can find more information on prescription charges, prescription exemptions and health costs by clicking here. Please discuss the prepayment certificate with your pharmacist if you pay for your prescriptions and have to have regular prescriptions since you may be able to save money.

  • Help with Health Costs - site with information on help with health costs including prescription prepayment certificates.


Surrey Heartlands CCG Medicines Optimisation Team

Your Medicines Optimisation team is a dedicated group of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working towards the common goal of improving the use of medicines across Surrey Heartlands. Within Surrey Heartlands there are four teams located within each Integrated Care Partnership (ICP). Our aim is to ensure that patients within Surrey Heartlands get the medicines they need to achieve the greatest health outcomes for both the individual and the local community within the resources available.

We use our experience and knowledge of medicines to ensure medicines use is as safe as possible. We constantly review new evidence and guidelines so that everyone can obtain the best outcomes from the medicines that they take.

By working closely with all members of local GP practices, our aims are to:

  • promote effective prescribing to prevent, as well as treat, disease to keep our local population healthy in future years.
  • help patients with long-term conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, to use their medicines effectively to reduce disease progression and keep them healthier and independent for longer.
  • review new drugs that come on to the market and ensure that drugs that have been appraised by NICE are made available to those who will benefit most from them.
  • tackle the issue of wasted medicines which has been estimated to cost the NHS £300 million each year, of which £150 million is avoidable.

We also work closely with other local organisations including community pharmacies, Acute Trusts, borough councils and community health services to proactively deliver a quality service and help patients make the best use of their medicines. Read more about how we are collaborating together through Integrating Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation (IPMO) across Surrey Heartlands.


Did you know?

  • If you have any unused medicines at home, you should take them to your local community pharmacy for disposal
  • If you have any queries or difficulties with your medicines you should first talk to your community pharmacist
  • Local prescribing decisions are available to view on the Prescribing Advisory Database.


Antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today.

  • Why it is relevant to you
    Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, basic operations, even chemotherapy and animal health all rely on access to antibiotics that work.
  • What we want you to do
    To slow resistance we need to cut the unnecessary use of antibiotics. We invite the public, students and educators, farmers, the veterinary and medical communities and professional organisations, to become Antibiotic Guardians.
    Choose one simple pledge about how you’ll make better use of antibiotics and help save these vital medicines from becoming obsolete.
  • Visit to make your pledge.


You can help to keep antibiotics effective.



Review Date: 2021-02-26
Review Due: 2022-02-26
Model Publication Scheme Class: Class 9: Services Commissioned