Medicines Optimisation

Expert medicines optimisation pharmacists work to reduce medicine-related harm. We help GPs to maintain or improve the quality of medicine use and also reduce avoidable expenditure.

Additionally, the CCG's medicines optimisation team contributes to maintaining the shared North West London integrated formulary and red list of drugs.

Documents for medicines optimisation can be found in our publications section.


North West London Integrated Formulary 

The North West London medicines optimisation team co-ordinates the running of the North West London integrated formulary on behalf of the eight CCGs (Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Central London, West London, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow, Ealing CCGs). The formulary applies to new drugs panel meetings and maintain the list of medicines being prescribed for adult patients.

The medicines list covers:

  • prescriptions written in primary care
  • prescriptions or recommendations by hospital doctors of outpatients or patients leaving hospital after an admission

In these situations, prescribers are asked to take the medicine list fully into account when deciding how to treat patients. The shared integrated formulary documents (for healthcare professionals) can be found on the Hounslow CCG website here.


North West London Diabetes Guidelines

Click here to view our North West London Diabetes Guidelines.


NHS England over the counter medicines guidance

Find out more about over the counter medicines guidance here.