Seeking your views to help improve medications safety

Sharing data with pharmaciesWhen people move between different healthcare settings, it’s important that the information about their medications can be shared easily with all the professionals involved in their care. That’s why we need your help in assuring technical guidance that will help medications information flow digitally between hospitals and community-based services. This will make it easier for clinicians to provide the right care and will improve medication safety for patients.

At the moment, hospital and primary care clinicians prescribe differently which means that details about medications and their use instructions vary between settings. The information has to be checked and sometimes translated manually by clinicians when a person’s care moves from one service to another. This is time consuming and can lead to errors in translation and transcription.

The new technical guidance will define how to communicate medication dose and timings digitally between systems in all care settings without any change or loss of accuracy or meaning.

How to get involved

We’d like to invite patients, vendors, carers and health and social care professionals across all sectors to complete our survey by 14 Feb, which will help us to make sure we achieve clarity and consensus on the guidance and standards.


We are also hosting a series of webinars which you can take part in to help advise on this.

Webinar: Professionals and patients
A webinar for professionals and patients will take place on 7 February from 1-2pm,

Webinars: Informaticians
Two more webinars for informaticians will take place on 14 February and 28 February, both from 10am to 11am.

If you’d like to get involved with these, please contact

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