Area Prescribing Group (APG)
The South Staffordshire APG is a multidisciplinary, cross health economy medicines forum, that reports to the Quality Committee of each CCG. The APG functions to support good medicines governance and practice as well as addressing issues at the interface of primary and secondary care.
As well as reviewing and advising on medicines policy, the APG supports CCGs in discharging their responsibilities in relation to medicines safety by reviewing and actioning MHRA medicines safety alerts, as well as documenting new NICE TA guidance and ensuring that newly approved drugs are incorporated in to the formulary in accordance with statutory requirements.
Insulin Usage Calculator Chart:
To use in MUR consultations with diabetics, this will help you calculate how frequently a patient will need to re-order prescriptions for their insulin pens/cartridges/vials depending on dose, pack size and prescribed quantity.
There are 6 Staffordshire CCGs (Stafford & Surrounds; Cannock Chase; South East Staffs & Seisdon; East Staffs; North Staffs; Stoke on Trent.
They are now working more closely and are trying to align the South Staffs and the North Staffs Formularies. This is a big piece of work and is being done by treatment area, one section at a time.
Currently there are still two formularies and our LPC area is covered by the one for South Staffordshire.
South Staffs On-line formulary – covers Stafford & Surrounds, Cannock Chase, South East Staffs & Seisdon and East Staffs CCG areas.
The on-line South Staffs formulary is linked to the BNF and NICE and also shows whether drugs are locally red, amber or green for prescribing.
Also on there are links to Staffordshire policies such as antibiotic policy, wound formulary etc and also to formularies from neighbouring areas.
Staffordshire Antibiotic Guidelines
Check out the online antibiotic guidelines by following the link
Antimicrobial Resistance and Community Pharmacy
Antimicrobial resistance is a massive issue, the usefulness of antibiotics is under threat and community pharmacies are ideally placed to give advice to the public about this problem. We should be discouraging them from asking for antibiotics for self-limiting conditions.
We are asking our pharmacists to talk to their teams to update their knowledge on when NOT to suggest going to the GP for a prescription. Green snot does not mean get an antibiotic, sore throats are most often viral, green rubbish on the chest doesn’t mean “get antibiotics” unless your patient has COPD so please get the message right and advise people to self treat.
Check out the attached leaflet that GPs are using to explain to patients why they are not giving them an antibiotic prescription – let’s make sure we are giving the same message.
Staffordshire and S-O-T Wound Formulary
Find the latest version of the wound formulary by following this link.